Policy #5.11.3-Administration of Medication

Administration of Medication at School                                                        5.11.3


The school nurse cannot administer medications of any kind at a parent's request unless we receive a written order from a physician and a parental authorization form.


Medications will be administered at school only under the following conditions:


(1)       Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be given by the school nurse with written and/or    telephone permission by the parent.

(2)       A written note from the physician must accompany the medication requesting that            the dose be administered at school. The order also must include the name of the            medication, dose to be administered, time(s) for administration, any known           allergies or side effects, and reason for the medication. The only exception to this         policy is for prescription medications requiring administration for ten (10) days or             less. Under these circumstances the pharmacy-labeled bottle may serve as the        doctor's order if the school nurse has no questions. A parental authorization form          available in the Health Office must accompany all medications.

(3)       All medication must be plainly labeled and brought to school in the bottle   dispensed by the pharmacy.

(4)       When it is necessary for a child to take medication at school, an adult must bring    the medication to school. No medication should be brought to school by the    student. This safety policy is to protect the children from accidental spillage or   usage of the medication. Please contact the school nurse if you require special             arrangements.

(5)       There shall be a new licensed prescriber's order for all medications at the     beginning of each academic school year.

(6)       Medications must be brought to and kept in the Health Office. No student will be             allowed to carry any medication with them during the school day unless the child's physician, parents and school nurse agree upon it. Any medication left in        the Health Office after the last day of school will be disposed of by the school             nurse.

(7)       Emergency medication (Epi Pens) may be administered by "educated" staff other   than the school nurse during an emergency situation provided the following:

                        a. There is a list of "educated" staff that have taken and passed the Epi Pen                        training program designed and administered by the school nurse. The                                   training is to be conducted twice a school year.

                        b. There is specific documentation that the child has a life-threatening                                 allergy.

                        c. There are physician orders to administer an Epi Pen in a life-threatening              situation.

                        d. There is parental/guardian permission for "educated" staff to administer                          an Epi Pen in a life-threatening situation.

                        e. The school nurse is not immediately available to administer the Epi Pen.

First reading: July 26, 2005

Second reading: August 30, 2005

Approved: August 30, 2005




Proposed Policy

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