GUIDELINES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION IN DUNELAND SCHOOLS
These medication guidelines shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a physician and any non-prescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies. Medically prescribed treatment refers to health-care procedures, which require special training such as catheterization, or intravenous, or intramuscular injection.
- Any medicine to be administered to a student shall be brought to the principal or nurse's office.
- A medication or prescribed treatment will be administered only with the written and dated consent by the parent or legal guardian.
- Prescribed treatment and prescription medications including blood glucose tests by finger prick to be administered to a student must be accompanied by a physician's prescription, a copy of the original prescription, or the pharmacy label.
- Prescription medication shall be kept in its original container, labeled with the student's name and the exact dosage.
- All over-the-counter medication must be accompanied by written instruction to include the student's name, date, reason for giving, the dose, time, duration and parent or legal guardian signature.
- Medications are to be kept secured under lock and key. (An exception would be when a student has authorization to carry medication for emergency/chronic health needs).
- Medications that are outdated and declared inappropriate are returned to the parent.
- The school nurse or her designee has the sole responsibility of giving or dispensing all medication.
- A record is maintained in the nurse's office that includes the date, time, and name of the medication. This document must be signed recognizing each transaction.
- Observations, assessments, and reports on usage of medicines and treatments will be shared with parent or legal guardian, appropriate school personnel, and physician.
Medication Forms Authorization to Administer Medication
Students are prohibited from self-administering medication. However, a student may possess and self-administer medication for chronic diseases or medical conditions provided the student's parent or legal guardian files a written authorization with the principal.
- The written authorization must be filed annually.
- A physician's written statement must be included with the parent's authorization.
A physician's statement to be filed annually must include the following information:
- An acute or chronic disease or medical condition exists for which the medication is prescribed.
- The student has been given instruction as to how to self-administer the medication.
- The nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the medication.