Administration of Medication Information
The administration of medication to students during the school day presents an increased concern and awareness of the need to have written procedures.
Medication may be dispensed to students with the assistance of school personnel whenever physicians find it necessary to prescribe medication to be taken during school hours. School personnel will cooperate with parents in this regard by providing a place for the medication to be stored; however, the major responsibility for a child taking medication at school rests entirely with the child’s parents.
A nurse is not always available to assist in the administration of the medication. The student may be assisted by an adult designated by the principal.
Prescription and non-prescription medication will be given to students by school personnel only when the following guidelines are observed:
*All medication (including lotions, cough drops, lozenges, ointments etc.) MUST be in its original container and MUST be brought to school by the parent or guardian. Medications brought in baggies or other unmarked containers will not be given. Prescription medication must be in the pharmacy container labeled with the child’s name, date, name of medication, name of the prescribing physician, time(s) the medication is to be given and name of the pharmacy filling the prescription. We request that you ask the pharmacist to give you two labeled prescription bottles so that you have one bottle at home and one at school.
- *A “Request for Administration of Medication” form (see back) must be completed by the parent/guardian (and physician if the medication needs to be given for longer than two weeks - such as (Ritalin) and sent to school along with the medication.
- *Do not send medication to school which needs to be given daily or two/three times a day unless the physician specifically states a time during the school day which it is to be given. An antibiotic which is to be given three times daily can be given before the child leaves for school, when he/she gets home, and at bedtime.
- *School personnel cannot give medication that contains aspirin to students under 18 years old due to the correlation with Reyes Syndrome. Examples are Pepto Bismol, Excedrin Migraine, Goody’s Powder.
The safety and well-being of your child are our concern. With your understanding and cooperation we can eliminate much of the unnecessary medications that are brought to school and ensure that our students who do need to take medication at school will receive it appropriately. If you have any questions regarding medications, please call your child’s school or you may call the school nurse.