(Detailed information regarding medications may be found in the TPSS Policy Manual online at www.tangischools.org.)
As a general principle, medications are not to be given at schools. Acutely ill students should be sent home and students who are convalescing from an acute illness should remain at home until the need for medication no longer exists. Students should not be allowed to have any drugs in their possession on the school grounds. Special circumstances exist for health problems that are expected to be of a long duration. When such a condition exists, the following policy must be followed:
GOAL: To assure school attendance for students who must use medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities or illness.
REGULATIONS: Any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day must comply with the school regulations, which must include at least the following:
Written orders from a physician detailing the name of drug, dosage, route, and time interval the medication is to be taken.
Written request and permission from the parent or guardian of the student requesting that the school district comply with the physician’s order.
Medication must be brought to the school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician. The label must match the school medication order.
An appointment must be made with the school nurse to receive any new medication or change in medication orders, diagnoses, or medical treatment needed at school.
Upon receipt of any new medication, an assessment by the school nurse must be made of the medication and the student who is to receive the medication.
Each medication given must be recorded on a medication log which includes date, time, dosage and signature of person giving medications.
Opportunities must be provided for communication with the student, parent and physician regarding the efficiency of the medication administered during school hours.
The school nurse will inform the appropriate school personnel of potential benefits and side effects of the drug being administered.
Observe, evaluate, and report to student’s physician, with parental approval, the student’s health status and reaction at school to medication(s) prescribed by the physician.
Report to the physician those factors in the school that might affect the students condition.
It is the responsibility of school administrators to notify parents immediately if their child becomes ill while in school.
The administration of any drugs or medication (including aspirin) provided for students will be under the supervision and directions of a duly licensed person whenever possible.
In extreme cases, when it is necessary for a child to take medicine in order to be able to attend school, parents or guardians may send a written request to the principal, the school nurse, or his or her designee that the prescribed medication be given to the child based upon written instructions from the attending physician.
Such medication (including prescription and over-the-counter medications) must be taken to school in a pharmacy-labeled bottle.
All medication will be securely stored in the principal’s office or another appropriate area designated by the principal.
No employee of the school district will be held responsible if the child does not receive his scheduled dose of medicine or if the child takes an overdose of medicine. If the daily dose of medicine is lost, stolen, or spilled, or if the child refuses to take it or spits it out, a reasonable attempt will be made to reach the parents. If the parents cannot be reached, school personnel will not be responsible. These particular situations will be documented and signed by all person(s) involved.
Students who display symptoms that indicate a communicable disease must see a physician for diagnosis.
It is the responsibility of parents or guardians to provide documentation from the medical authority regarding the status of the child’s condition and the date the physician recommends that the child may return to school.