MEMO FROM HEALTH SERVICES
Cathy Owens, R.N. - "Healthy students learn better"
Michelle Fackelman, R.N. - "School Nurses make it happen!"
Barbara Shuman, R.N.
Administration of medications is normally best given at home. But students may sometimes need to take medication during the school day in order to attend school without jeopardizing their health. California education code 49423 states that "any student who is required to take medication during school hours may be assisted by the school nurse or other designated personnel, providing certain procedures are followed." The following procedures must be followed for the safe administration of medication.
Medications (including prescription and over the counter) cannot be given without written parent permission and written orders signed by the physician. These orders must be updated every 12 months.
Medications must be brought to school in the original, labeled container (no baggies, etc.) and must be brought in by the parent or designated adult. Students may not carry their medication to and from school (this is for the protection of your student and all other students).
Medications must be kept in the health office (not carried by the student) unless previous arrangements have been made and written permission is on file from the parent and physician.
Thank you for following the above procedures. Together we will insure that all our children are safe and healthy! Please don't hesitate to contact the school office if you ever have any questions regarding medications. A health technician is staffed in the health office during the week and the school nurse is available via pager at anytime.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION DURING SCHOOL HOURS
A. GENERAL POLICY
- No student shall be given medication during school hours except upon written request from a licensed physician/healthcare provider who has the responsibility for the medical management of the student. All such requests must be signed by the parent or guardian.
- A new form is required for each prescription change and at the beginning of each school year.
B. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN
- Parents/guardians shall be encouraged to cooperate with the physician to develop a schedule so the necessity for taking medications at school will be minimized or eliminated.
- Parents/guardians will assume full responsibility for the supply and transportation of all medications.
- Parents/guardians may administer medication to their child on a scheduled basis arranged with the school. Students are not permitted to carry prescribed or over-the-counter medication on a school campus.
- Parents/guardians may pick up unused medications from the school office during and at the close of the school year. Medication remaining after the last day will be discarded.
C. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PHYSICIAN AND PARENT OR GUARDIAN
- A request form for prescribed medication must be completed by the pupil's physician, signed by the parent or guardian, and filed with the school administrator or his designated representative.
- The container must be clearly labeled by the physician or pharmacy with the following information:
a. Student's name
b. Physician's name
c. Name of medication
d. Dosage, schedule (specific to school) and dose form
e. Date of expiration of prescription
- Each medication is to be in a separate pharmacy container prescribed for the student by a California physician.
D. RESPONSIBILITY OF SCHOOL PERSONNEL
- The school administrator will assume responsibility for placing medications in a locked cabinet.
- Students will be assisted with taking medications according to the physician's instructions and the procedure observed by a school staff member.