Guidelines For Student Medications


For the safety of students, it is recommended that medication be given at home whenever  possible.  For example, medication prescribed three times a day can be given before and after school and at bedtime. If medication must  be given during school hours, we want you to be aware of the following school medication policy:

1. School personnel can only give medication with the written order of a health care provider licensed to prescribe, and the written consent of a parent/guardian.

2.  Medications must  be brought to school in a container labeled by the pharmacy.  The following  information must be  on the label :
    A. Childs's full name
    B.  Name and dosage of medication
    C.  Time and directions for adminstration
    D.  Physicians name
    E.  Current Date

3.  Medications should be brought to school by parent/guardian or a responsible adult. If there is medication remaining after treatment or at the end of the school year, please make arrangements for it to be picked up.

4.  Ask the pharmacist to put medication in two containers, one for school and one for home.

5.  Mixed dosages in a single container will not be accepted for use at school.  (For example, 5mg and 10 mg  tabletsshould not be mixed in the same bottle).

6. All medication administered at school will be kept in a locked drawer, cabinet or file (except when a student has permission to carry their medicine with them.)

7.  A new medication consent form is required  under these circumstances:
     * When the dosage or time of administration is changed
   . * At the beginning of each school year . 
     * If discontinued medication is restarted

8.  The parent/guardian must notify the school in writting when the medication is discountinued .

9 . No Tylenol or over-the counter medication can be given to childern unless the above procedures are followed . Over the counter medications must be in the original container with dosing recommendations visible.

10.  It is a joint responsibility of the parent/guardian, student, and school personnel to see that the medication is given at the right time .

11.  Students can carry medicine with them (for example, an asthma rescue inhaler) if they have written consent from parent/guardian and health care provider (includingthe request for the student to self-carry), and the school nurse has met with the student and checked that they can safely and successfully carry thier own medicine.

12.  School nurses will write a plan for giving emergency medicines (Epipen, Diastat,
glucagon,etc) after assessing the student's needs, consulting with the parent/guardian and health care provider, and providing appropriate training .