If your child requires medication while at school the following procedure is required:
- A School Medication Authorization Form must be completed by a physician and parent before any medication including over the counter medication can be given at school.
- Prescription medications must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the physician or pharmacy noting the student’s name, medication, dosage, schedule of administration, date and prescriber’s name.
- Over the counter medications must be brought in their original container.
- All controlled substances must be brought in and picked up by the parent/guardian. All medication is to be brought to the health office before first period.
- At no time shall a student have prescription or over the counter medications on their person. The exception to this rule is Public Act 094-0792, 5/19/06, of the School Code, Self-Administration of medication. “A school, whether public or nonpublic, must permit the self-administration of medication by a pupil with asthma (an inhaler) or the use of an epinephrine auto-injector (epi-pen) by a pupil.” An asthma inhaler and/or epi-pen are authorized for self-administration by the student’s physician and parent on the School Medication Authorization form.
- Any change in medication dosage or administration must be provided in writing by the prescribing physician.
- All medications will be sent home with the student at the end of the school year unless the nurse feels it is not safe to do so or parent/guardian request other arrangements. An exception to this is if the medication is a controlled substance then a parent or guardian must pick up the medication. Student/Parent/Guardian will be required to sign and date a Year End Medication Pick-Up form prior to taking medications home.
- Any medication not picked up at the end of the school year will be appropriately discarded.
For more information medication in the school setting, please review Fenton's Board Policy 7:270 "Administering Medicines to Students."