All medications to be given during school hours must be kept in the nurse’s office and follow the guidelines below.
1. Medications must be in the original container. Some pharmacies will give an additional labeled bottle for school doses.
2. Expired medications will not be given.
3. A permission note, with instructions (time, quantity, parent/guardian signature and dates to be given) from the parent must accompany all medications.
Medication: Parent Permission Form
4. A doctor’s order/note must be on file at school for students to carry emergency medications (asthma inhalers, epi-pens, etc.) with them to and from school. This must be completed annually and must include the student’s name, medication, dose, frequency, and validation that the student is capable of self-administering the medication.
5. Medications that can be administered at home, need to be given at home. (Ex. Daily medications, antibiotics scheduled for three times per day, etc.)
6. Herbal supplements, including essential oils will not be given/applied without a written order from a physician with the following information: student’s name, name of supplement, dose, frequency and medical reason this supplement is required during school hours.
7. Medications may be picked up from school by the student’s parent or an individual that is at least 18 years old, not a student, and has written permission from the student's parent.
8. Over the counter medications (Tylenol, Motrin, cough drops) are kept in the health office and available to middle/high school students. They can be administered during school hours as the student needs with a parent permission form filed each school year, according to the nurse’s judgement and the manufacturer’s dosing instructions. A student’s own supply of over the counter medications can be kept in the nurse’s office following the above guidelines and must be picked up by the end of the school year.
Any questions, concerns or special circumstances concerning medications, please contact the school nurse.