The following procedures for administration of medication in school have been established with your child’s safety and welfare in mind:
Medication, both prescribed and over-the-counter, should not be administered in school unless absolutely necessary. The district does not provide medication for students. All medications must be provided by the parent/guardian. If it is crucial for your child to take medication during the school day, please use these guidelines:
- Students are not permitted to possess prescription medication or over-the-counter medication at any time during the school day or at school activities/functions.
- Students are permitted to carry asthma inhalers or Epi-Pens with written authorization from the authorized prescriber, the parent/guardian and the school nurse.
- An adult must deliver medication directly to a nurse.
- Medications may only be dispensed by a school nurse or licensed health room nurse.
- All medication must come to school in the original container.
- Medication prescribed by an authorized health care provider must be accompanied by an Authorization for Medication or equivalent form signed by the parent and the prescriber.
- A prescriber’s authorization is not required for administration of commonly used over the counter medications approved by the school physician (examples: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Benadryl). Over the counter medications will only be administered based on labeled directions unless accompanied by an authorized prescriber’s written order. Contact the school nurse if you are unsure if your child’s over the counter medication is on the approved list.
- Medication will not be given to a student having a recent traumatic injury unless previously assessed by a health care provider and written permission from an authorized prescriber and a parent/guardian is submitted.
- Any chemical substance whose manufacturing and distribution process is not approved by the FDA will not be administered during school hours by the nursing staff. This includes, but is not limited to, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, herbal preparations and dietary supplements.
ANY MEDICATION THAT IS NOT BROUGHT TO SCHOOL BY A PARENT / ADULT, IS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER, AND DOES NOT HAVE REQUIRED AUTHORIZATION WILL NOT BE ADMINISTERED.
SCHOOL SPONSORED FIELD TRIPS
For any student requiring medication on a school-sponsored field trip, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to contact the teacher and/or the school nurse to plan for proper administration of medication on the trip. Medication will not automatically be sent on field trips.