Medication - Administering at School
MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR DISPENSING MEDICATION
1. Pupils requiring medication at school shall bring to the school nurse or designee a completed "Request for Administration of Medication During School Hours" form signed by the physician and parent/guardian if a prescription medication, or the parent/guardian if a non-prescription medication. School personnel may then administer medication to the child as prescribed. All medication authorization forms must be renewed annually.
2. ALL MEDICATION must be supplied in a clean, child-proof container that is labeled for school authorities. The label on the bottle must contain the name and telephone number of the pharmacy, the pupil's identification, name of the physician, medication name, number dispensed, strength, dose, route, times or circumstances for medication to be given, and special directions for storage or dispensing. Non-prescription medication must be in the original container with the directions on the container, including pupil's name. The prescribed medication shall be kept in a locked cabinet or drawer. Taking the medication shall be supervised by the designated school personnel at a time conforming with the indicated schedule. It is the responsibility of the student to get his/her medication at a designated time.
3. 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. 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.
4. 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 nurse. All unclaimed medication at the end of the school year will be disposed of per policy after written notification to parent/guardian.
5. School personnel should, under no circumstances, provide any medication to students without meeting the criteria in paragraphs 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.
6. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify school personnel of pertinent medical information regarding their child. Pupils with a potentially life threatening health problem may be excluded from school until required medication and staff training are in place at school.