Medication at School
All medication, prescription or otherwise, that a student is required to take at school, must be kept in and administered through the clinic. Before medication can be administered at school, the parent or guardian must submit a written, dated request to the campus nurse. Students may not bring their medication to school. Only the student’s parent or guardian may take the medication to the school clinic. All prescription and non-prescription medication must be in the original container and properly labeled. Only the guidelines printed on the container will be followed unless a physician order is present. The Surgeon General, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that due to the increased risk of developing Reye’s syndrome aspirin or products containing aspirin not be given to children under 18 years of age. If your physician orders aspirin, you must submit a copy of that physician order. The Texas Nurse Practice Act allows registered nurses to refuse to administer prescription medications anytime the nurse believes the medication is contraindicated for the student.
District policy allows the school nurse to train designated school employees to administer medication to a student during school hours. Medication administered at school should be brought to the school clinic and permission request signed by the parent. No medication is brought to school or returned home by the student riding the school bus. Please note that medication ordered “once a day” and “twice a day” may be administered at home. Medications “three times a day” are usually administered every 8 hours. These may also be given at home unless the physician has indicated a dose should be given during school hours. Most pharmacies will provide a separate bottle for medications to be administered at school. An over-the-counter medication dosage must not exceed the dosage recommendation listed on the bottle.
If your doctor has directed a dosage that is greater than the recommended dosage, a written order from the doctor must be provided along with a written note from the parent. In addition, the use of “sample” medication from a doctor must have signed written instructions from the doctor along with a written note from the parent.
Students with asthma or anaphylaxis that require the use of prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication may possess the medication with written permission from the physician and parents. It is strongly recommended that extra medication be kept in the clinic for emergencies. Diabetic students will provide a Diabetic Management Plan developed by the physician and parents. The campus nurse will consult with the student and family to develop an Individual Health Plan for the school year. In accordance with a student’s Individual Health Plan for management of diabetes, a student will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment while at school or a school-related activity. See the school nurse for information.