Please note the following rules regarding MEDICATION IN SCHOOL:
1. Medication should be given at home whenever possible.
2. If your child has a condition that may need medication during the school day, like asthma, allergies, or migraines, please contact the school nurse regarding these matters.
3. A MEDICATION ORDER MUST BE ISSUED BY A LICENSED PROVIDER FOR ALL PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION. This must be renewed yearly.
4. A parent permission form must be signed for any over-the-counter medication not on the health form. It is at the nurse's discretion, using her clinical judgment and knowledge of medications, whether over-the-counter medications shall be given.
5. MEDICATION IS NEVER TO BE SENT WITH YOUR CHILD, INCLUDING COUGH DROPS.
6. Medication should be brought to the school in the original container, appropriately labeled by the physician or pharmacy, with no more than a 30-day supply.
7. Medication must be brought by the parent, or a call placed to the nurse to notify her of who will be dropping off the medication.
8. A nebulizer is available in school.
9. All medication must be retrieved from the school by the end of the school year.
MRSD Policy JLCD: Administering Medication to Students:
Prescribed medication should not be taken during the school day, if at all possible. Medication is to be administered by the school nurse, principal or other designee. Medication will be administered in school only after receiving and filing in the student's health record the following:
A written statement from the licensed prescriber detailing the method of taking the medication, dosage, and the time schedule of the medication.
A written authorization from the parent/guardian indicating the desire that the school assist the student in taking the prescribed medication.
All medication should be delivered to appropriate school personnel by the parent/guardian. All prescription medication must be delivered and contained in its original pharmacy container. The school nurse is directed to keep such medications in a locked cabinet or refrigerator. No more than a 30-day supply will be kept and maintained by the school. The school nurse will contact the parent/guardian regarding any unused medication. Such medication shall be picked up by parent/guardian within ten days after it's use is discontinued. If the parent/guardian does not pick up the medication within ten days, the school nurse may dispose of the unused medication and record as such in the student's health record file.
The school nurse is responsible for keeping accurate records regarding the administration of medication to students.
Students may possess and self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector if the student suffers from potentially life-threatening allergies. Both the student's parent/guardian and physician must authorize such self-possession and self-administration. If a student finds it necessary to use his/her auto-injector, s/he shall immediately report to the nearest supervising adult. The school nurse or building principal may have at least one epinephrine auto-injector, provided by the student, in the nurse's office or other suitable location. Additionally, students may possess and self-administer a metered-dose inhaler or a dry powder inhaler to alleviate or prevent asthmatic symptoms, auto-injectors for severe allergic reactions, and other injectable medications necessary to treat life-threatening allergies. Both the student's parent/guardian and physician must authorize such self-possession and self-administration.
Students shall not share any prescription or over-the-counter medication with another student. Notice of this prohibition will be provided in student handbooks. Students acting in violation of this prohibition will be subject to discipline consistent with applicable Board policies.
This policy shall extend to any school-sponsored activity, event, or program.
In addition to the provisions set forth herein, the school nurse and Principal are responsible for ensuring the provisions of Ed. 311.02, Medication During the School Day, are followed.
The school nurse or other designated personnel may administer other medications to students in emergency situations, provided such personnel has all training as is required by law. Such medication may also be administered in emergency situations if a student's medical action plan has been filed and updated with the school district to the extent required by law. The district will maintain all necessary records relative to the emergency administration of medication and will file all such reports as may be required.
Non-prescribed medication (over the counter) should not be encouraged for use during the school day. Non-prescribed medications require written authorization from the parent/guardian (see JLCD-R).