Medications at School
Medications at School - Parents and guardians have the primary responsibility for administering medications to their children. If it is necessary for a child to take medication during school hours, the form School Medication Authorization should be filled out by both the parent and the physician. Administration of medications at school will be given at the discretion of the School Nurse.
- All medications will have written physician/APN orders whether prescription or over the counter.
- If the dosage or time changes a new order will be required.
- These orders will include the name of the student, time, dosage, and diagnosis, benefits of the medication, side effects, and emergency contact number for the physician or APN.
- Written permission from the parent or guardian.
- A School Medication Authorization Form must be filled out and returned to your local health office.
Medications and Containers
- Medication containers must be properly labeled by the pharmacy or the physician with the child’s name, physician's name, name of the medication, dosage, and time to be given.
- Parents MUST BRING all medications and supplies to and from school.
- Medications will be stored in a locked cabinet at school.
- The School Nurse will record and document all administration and/or self-administration of medication.
- The administration of emergency medication will be accompanied by a 911 call.
- Emergency medications may include medications for seizures, anaphylactic reactions, diabetic hypoglycemia, and acute respiratory distress.
- Children who have parent permission and doctors’ orders for an inhaler may carry asthma rescue inhalers on their person. No other medications may be carried by students unless they are diabetic and then only on an individual basis with doctors’ orders. Children who carry inhalers may come to the nurse's office for monitoring after inhaler use.
- We do not allow cough drops at school because they are a choking hazard. If your child is coughing enough to require a cough drop they should stay home and recover from their illness.