ALL PAPERWORK MUST ACCOMPANY MEDICATIONAll student medications (prescription and over the counter) must be checked into the clinic by a parent or guardian. This includes cough drops.
General - All medicines should be administered to students by their parents at home if at all possible. Medicine administered at school will strictly follow the procedures described below.
If it is necessary that a medication be given during school hours, the following regulations must be followed:
Prescription MedicationMedication must be brought to school in the original container with appropriate label intact. Parent/guardian must bring medication to the health aide. Medication will be kept in a locked medicine area of the clinic. All prescription medicine MUST be in the ORIGINAL pharmacy bottle with the proper label containing the students name, medication, dosage, and instructions for administration.If you ask, the pharmacy will give you an extra bottle for liquid or tablets with the proper amount of medicine for school.They are used to this request.
The Health Aide must have written instructions from the physician in order to administer prescription medications. These should include:
- Student’s name
- Name and purpose of medicine
- Dosage and time of administration
- Possible side effects and measures to take if those occur
- End date for administering the medicine
- Parent signature giving permission to administer medicine and to contact physician if necessary
- Physician’s signature
Safekeeping of MedicationAll medication must be kept by the school nurse or designated person in a secure, locked place known by and accessible to any person who may have to administer life-saving medication. Students may not carry or keep medications in their lockers, sport bags, bookbags, and on their person. This includes cough drops.
- Must be in an original package with the name of the medicine and instructions
- Must have a signed and dated note or form H6, Medication Administration form, from the parent regarding when and how much medicine to administer
- Will be given according to the amount listed on the package for your child’s age and weight unless the doctor’s orders on a medication form indicate differently
Emergency Life Saving Measures
The parent of any student who has a condition that would require emergency, life-saving medication or other measures must inform the the clinic of the condition and provide instructions from the attending physician on measures to be taken, including administering any medication. These instructions should cover measures to be taken while the student may be on a school bus or other times when medicine is not immediately available.
Chronic illness or allergyIf a student has a chronic disease or allergy that requires an emergency dose of life-saving medication to be kept on his person at all times, a statement from the attending physician on the type of medication, dosage, and method of administration should be provided for the school nurse. Parents may wish to leave a second dose of this medication in the custody of the school nurse. Parents are asked to call the school nurse if they have any questions about the administration of student medications.
Students who have fevers should be kept at home for at least 24 hours after fever subsides without the aid of a fever reducing medication.
Be sure to keep emergency contact phone numbers and information up-to-date so that we can reach you if your child is ill or injured.Students who are ill must see the nurse first before leaving school. As a matter of routine, the nurse will contact parents before sending a student home (includes students 18 or older). Questions about clinic procedures and expectations should be directed to the nurse. Student should not call their parents on their own phone.