Students may need to take medication while at
school. The school health services personnel recommend that, whenever possible,
medication be administered before and/or after school hours under the direct
supervision of a student’s parent/guardian. If school attendance is dependent
on taking a prescribed medication, the first dose of medication should be given
at home where any reaction may be observed by the parent or guardian and
reported to the student’s physician. For medication to be administered to a student
at school the following procedures must be followed.
1. The student’s parent/guardian must complete
the School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization Form, which is available
in the school office and the Code of Conduct book. The parent, doctor,
physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner must sign the form. This form
allows the student’s physician to give the school directions on the
administration of the required medication and any side effects that may occur
from the medication. The student’s parent or legal guardian is required to
update the School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization Form any time the
student has a change in medication and/or dosage. The completed School
Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization Form will be kept confidential.
2. Prescription medication must be in the
original container with a pharmacy label and the student’s name, physician’s
name, date of prescription, name of medication and dosage. Non-prescription
medication must be in the original container with the student’s name.
3. Students will be permitted to possess and
self-administer prescribed asthma inhaler medication. This medication must meet
the above requirements.
4. A student’s parent/guardian must deliver the
medication to the school principal or his designee and retrieve the medication
from the school principal or designee. A student should never have more than a
month supply of medication at the school. Medications not picked up within 14
days after the stop date or medication left at school at the end of the school
year will be discarded by the school health services personnel.