All medications, prescription and non-prescription are to be kept in the nurse’s office in a locked cabinet. The only exceptions are epinephrine auto-injectors for severe allergies and inhalers for asthma.
Students will not be allowed to leave school to obtain any medication.
Medications are encouraged to be given outside the school hours but if this cannot be avoided, the following guidelines must be followed:
- Complete the “Request for Medication to be Administered During School Hours”, signed by the physician and parent/guardian if a prescription medication is to be given, or the parent/guardian if it is a non-prescription medication. School personnel will then see that medication is given to the student as prescribed. All medication authorization forms must be renewed annually.
- All medication must be supplied in the original prescription bottle. Non-prescription medication must be in the original container with the directions on the container including pupil’s name. The medication shall be kept in a locked area at school. Taking the medication shall be supervised by the school nurse or other designated school personnel. It is the responsibility of the student to get his/her medication at the designated time.
- It is important that an accurate and confidential system of record keeping be established for each pupil receiving medication. The physician’s request for medication to be administered during school hours shall be kept on file. This should include the type of medication, the dose, and the time to be given. The parents must notify the school when the drug is discontinued, or the dosage or time is changed. An updated medication authorization form is required for all changes in medication.
- It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide and deliver to the school all authorized medication and replace expired medication. Any special circumstances regarding delivering medication to school must be sanctioned by the school principal. All unclaimed medication at the end of the school year will be disposed per policy after written notification to parent/guardian.
- School personnel will under no circumstances provide any medication to students without meeting the criteria in 1-4 above. Diagnosis and treatment of illness and the prescribing of medication are never responsibilities of a school and should not be practiced by any school personnel.
- If the student uses an epinephrine auto-injector or an inhaler, the school highly recommends that it be available at school (on the person or in the locker). Please have your physician indicate that on the “Request for Medication Form”.
- It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify school personnel of pertinent medical information regarding their child. Pupils with a potential life threatening health problem may be excluded from school until required medication and staff training are in place at school.