Guidelines for the Administration of Medications During School Hours
The Lakeview School District recognizes that parents have the primary responsibility for the health of their children. Although the district strongly recommends that medication be given in the home, it realizes that the health of some children requires that they receive medication while in school.
Parents should confer with the child's physician to arrange medication time intervals to avoid school hours whenever possible. When medication absolutely must be given during school hours, certain procedures must be followed.
1. All medication shall be brought to the nurse’s office, or the main office if the nurse is in another building, by the parent/guardian or by another adult designated by the parent/guardian. All medication shall be stored in the original pharmacy-labeled container and kept in a locked cabinet designated for storage of medication. The district shall not store more than a thirty (30) day supply of an individual student’s medication.
2. Medication will be recorded by the school nurse and logged in with the date, name of student, name of medication, amount of medication, and signatures of the parent/guardian or designated adult delivering the medication and the school health personnel receiving the medication.
3. All medication (this includes over the counter medications) shall be accompanied by a completed Medication Administration Consent and Licensed Prescriber’s Medication Order Form, or other written communication from the licensed prescriber.
4. Prescription medication shall be delivered in its original packaging and labeled with:
a. Name, address, telephone and federal DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) number of the pharmacy.
b. Student’s name.
c. Directions for use.
d. Name and registration number of the licensed prescriber.
e. Prescription serial number.
f. Date originally filled.
g. Name of medication and amount dispensed.
h. Controlled substance statement, if applicable.
5. Student Self-Administration of Emergency Medications
Prior to allowing a student to self-administer emergency medication, the district shall require the following:
- An order from the licensed prescriber for the medication, including a statement that it is necessary for the student to carry the medication and that the student is capable of self administration.
- Written parent/guardian consent.
- An Individual Health Plan including an Emergency Care Plan.
- The nurse shall conduct a baseline assessment of the student’s health status.
- The student shall demonstrate administration skills to the nurse and responsible behavior.
The nurse shall provide periodic and ongoing assessments of the student’s self management skills.
The student shall notify the school nurse immediately following each occurrence of self-administration of medication.
Students shall demonstrate a cooperative attitude in all aspects of self-administration medication. Privileges for self-administration of medication will be revoked if school policies are abused or ignored.