Geneva County School System
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
Nancy Tindell, RN
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
District I Mary Langford
District II Jonathan Eubanks
District III David Schutz
District IV Derek Warren
District V Martha Windham
Attorney Spud Seale
* Students will not deliver medications to the school.
* Students may self-medicate when they have met the criteria for self-administration.
* Students who have doctor’s orders to have medication on their person, i.e. Asthma inhaler or Epi-Pen, will not share medication with other students.
* Students will notify their teachers/school personnel at the onset of any distress or allergic reaction. The student will know where medication is kept and be familiar with personal action plan.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS REGARDING MEDICATION
Q. Why should parents/adult designee bring student’s medication to school?
A. The Geneva County School System does not want to place any child in a situation where they may be confronted for drugs. This also prevents medications from being tampered with, or shared with other students.
Q. Why can’t my child keep his/her medication?
A. To protect all children from taking medication belonging to another child—no child may keep medication on their person at school. The only exception would be Epi-Pens, inhalers or like emergency treatments, with proper documentation.
Q. Why does the school require a prescription labeled container and a form with the physician’s orders and signature each school year and with each medication change?
A. This provides another safety check to be sure the medication is correct and urrent, so it may be properly dispensed school staff.
Q. Why can’t I write on my child’s prescription bottle?
A. Prescription bottles can get smeared and become difficult to read. It is never a good practice to write on a prescription bottle. If a new dose or time is ordered, it is best to ask the pharmacist for a new label.
Q. Why does the school need to count medication?
A. This keeps the parent and school personnel informed of the amount of medication the school has on hand.
Medication Quick Facts:
- All medications, prescription and over-the-counter, must be brought to school by an adult and signed in with the nurse.
- Medication cannot be accepted by school staff without a completed Parent-Prescriber Authorization Form (PPA).
- PPA forms for medications must be updated annually.
- Students cannot keep medications on person without physician and parental consent, and must have a PPA on file.