MEDICATION GUIDELINES 2019-2020
Please see below concerning medication guidelines for the 2019-2020 school year:
- An adult should bring ALL medication (prescription/non-prescription) to the school nurse. A student should not have any medication in his/her possession.
EXCEPTION: Students who have been prescribed emergency medications (e.g. rescue inhalers, EpiPens, Glucagon) and are recommended to “self-carry” by their physician and have been evaluated as safe and appropriate by the school nurse. PLEASE DO NOT PASS ON MEDICATION THROUGH YOUR STUDENT’S BACKPACK. This is to protect other children as well as your own.
- Parents are to provide the medication and physician's orders to the nurse to ensure all are within proper dates. All medication, both prescription & non-prescription, must have an appropriate Medication Release Form completed and on file in the nurse’s office prior to school personnel administering the medication. Forms for administration of prescription medications must be signed by a physician.
- All medication must be in the original bottle/container. Labels on prescription medication should match information on the medication release form. Most pharmacists will give an extra bottle for home use if requested. Non-prescription medication should be in the original, unopened container and have the student’s name written on the container.
- Any time there is a medication or dosage change, the physician will need to sign a new Medication Release Form with the medication changes. To help in this matter, information can be faxed to the front office (256-461-8300) from the physician’s office. The front office will ensure the nurse receives the fax. A new medication bottle will be requested as needed so that the label and order match to ensure administration of the new correct dosage/medication.
- Prescription medications that are considered controlled substances, such as Ritalin, will be counted and recorded by the nurse upon receipt of the medication. It must be signed in by a parent.
- Students with potential life threatening illnesses/conditions (asthma, seizures, severe allergic reactions, hemophilia, diabetes, cardiac conditions, and any other that the doctor recognizes as life-threatening) should contact the school nurse for immediate notification of these illnesses so that teachers and any need-to-know staff can be alerted in a timely fashion.
- An adult should pick up any unused medication. For any medications that have not been retrieved by an adult, the school will dispose of remaining medications immediately following student dismissal on the last day of the school year.