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Procedures for Administration of Medications in School

It is not the responsibility of the school or its employees to prescribe drugs, medications or home remedies. Medications should be administered at home under the supervision of the parent/ guardian when possible. However,

some students require administration of medications or medical procedures to be performed during the regular school day. In those situations, the following procedures will be followed. Medication to be administered to a student during the school day must be brought to school by the parent/guardian.

 

Prescription Medications

Before school staff will dispense any prescription medications, an Authorization for Administration of Medication Form signed by the physician and the parent/guardian of the student must be on file with the Health Office. The forms are available online or from the Health Office. Prescription medications must be provided in an original pharmacy container with a current label. Prescription medications brought to school in any other container will not be administered. Questions regarding dosage and administration of the medications will be directed to the prescribing physician or the parent/guardian, at the discretion of the Health Office staff. Medications will be administered after questions have been resolved.

 

Over-the-Counter Medications

Before school staff will dispense any over-the-counter medications, an Authorization for Administration of Medication Form signed by the parent/guardian of the student must be on file with the Health Office. The forms are available online or from the Health Office. Over-the-counter medications must be provided in the original labeled container. Over-the-counter medications will only be administered to a student according to the label directions, unless a physician’s order is provided.

 

Authorization for Self-Carry and Self-Administration of Medication

For prescriptions or over-the-counter medications that are carried by the student for self-administration, an Authorization for Administration of Medication Form signed by the physician, student and the parent/guardian of the student must be on file with the Health Office. Drugs regulated under the jurisdiction of the federal controlled substances Act of 1970 are not allowed to be self-carried and self-administered.

 

Sharing of Medications Prohibited

Students may not share prescription or over-the-counter medications with others. Appropriate disciplinary action may be taken if necessary, upon the determination by the administrator or his designee, after investigation that a violation of this policy has taken place.

 

Unused Medications

When use of a medication has ceased or is no longer needed by the student, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to retrieve unused medication from the school. Any unused medications will be disposed of by the school upon the written request of the parent/guardian or at the end of the school year.

 

Medication Notes

We need your help in keeping the school a safe and healthy place, especially where medications are concerned. Please keep in mind the following if your child needs medication during the day:

 

  1. Medication forms will be available online or from the Health Office.
  2. All medications are provided by the parent/guardian.
  3. A parent/guardian must deliver and pick up all medication.
  4. When possible, give medications at home. Medications prescribed 3 times a day often can be given before school, after school and at bedtime.
  5. Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession unless permission forms are completed, signed and on file in the Health Office. Please contact the School Office for forms.
  6. Complete the appropriate parent and doctor permission form as indicated in the school medication policy. The doctor must complete a medication form for prescription medications, self-administered medications and over-the counter medications that exceed label directions.
  7. Be sure the medication is in its original, up-to-date container with the label intact. Pharmacies will provide an empty, labeled bottle for school use.
  8. Over-the-counter medications will be given according to label directions. Please read label directions carefully. Be sure the dose you want administered is appropriate for your child’s age.
  9. If one-half of a pill is needed to give the proper medication dose, a parent or pharmacist needs to split the pills. (School staff are not allowed to cut pills)
  10. If your student has a diagnosis of asthma and uses an inhaler at home, please consider having an inhaler at the school for your child to use if needed.


Thank you for your help. Our main concern is for the health and safety of all students. Please call with any questions or concerns.


From your Administrative and Health Office Staff