MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
The goal of the school system regarding the administration of medication during school hours is to assist students in maintaining an optimal state of wellness, thus enhancing the educational experience.
Minor illness should be treated at home by the parent/guardian. For example, a student with a cold severe enough to require medication, or a child with an elevated temperature, should remain at home, rather than being sent to the school nurse.
Some medication should be given by parent/guardian at home and should not be sent to the school for administration. For example, an antibiotic ordered three times a day may be given prior to the student coming to school, right after school hours, and then just before bedtime.
The school personnel will not be responsible for administering any medications which are not brought to school by a parent, guardian or adult designee and checked by school personnel. If brought in by a student, the medication will be held until a guardian/adult designee can come to the school and verify medication prior to being administered to the student. The medication will require a guardian/adult designee to sign proper permission forms prior to the student receiving medication from school personnel.
- The parent/guardian must sign the Geneva County Board of Education permission form (for prescribed and non-prescription medication) granting permission for child to receive medication at school.
- The parent/guardian must provide the school with medication that is in a correctly labeled prescription bottle/container.
- The parent/guardian, prior to medication being given to their child by school personnel, shall complete and sign a medication authorization form for each medication to be administered at school.
- The parent/guardian must provide the school with a current Prescriber order and current prescription bottle if the medication orders are changed during the school year.
- The parent/guardian shall provide, on the medication authorization form, a list of side effects for medication to be given.
- The parent/guardian/adult designee shall deliver all medication to the school personnel designated by Principal.
- The parent/guardian/adult designee shall pick up the student's unused medication/supplies at the end of the school year.
- The parent/guardian shall give the first dose of a new medication at home in case of a possible allergic reaction.
- The Principal shall designate specific personnel whom shall ensure the right students get the right medication in the right dosage by the right route at the right time and document it in the right way.
- The designated school personnel, that is assigned to administer medication, will follow the medication policy and medication protocol, and administer medication in a safe setting.
- The designated school personnel will not administer oral medication to a student who has recently produced emesis.
- In the event of an allergic reaction or an emergency situation involving medication, the school will handle the problem as in any other medical emergency.
- The school personnel will only give over-the-counter medication that parent/guardian has indicated by completing and signing the medication authorization form.
- The school personnel will administer sample medication provided from the health care provider's office according to the written direction's from the physician or health care provider.
- The school personnel will refuse to administer medication when there is any discrepancy, i.e. label different from prescription, label is unclear, or label torn. This medication will not be given until clarification is obtained.
- The school personnel will take an inventory of all medication or medical supplies delivered by parent/guardian/adult designees.
- 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 persons.
- 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 personnel 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 maybe confronted for drugs. Ritalin, as well as other drugs, has a street value. When the parents bring the medication, this ensures no other child will tamper with the medication.
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.
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 med change?
A. This provides another safety check to be sure the medication is correct and current, so it may be properly dispensed by the 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.
Qt. 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.
Nancy Tindell, R.N. Supervisor of Health Services 588-2923
Stephanie Adams, LPN Samson Elementary School 898-7439
For more information check the Geneva County School System's
Policy on Medication