Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications:
- Physicians and parents must complete and sign the School Medication Authorization Form in order for a school nurse to administer any prescription and/or over-the-counter medications to a student. The physician must indicate the name of the medication, frequency, dosage, route, and side effects. The physician must also note the condition being treated and the length of time the medication is to be administered. A verbal or telephone request will not be accepted.
- Both prescription and over-the-counter medications must be either in the container prepared by the pharmacist or the original over-the-counter medication bottle. Both containers must also include the name and strength of the medication. Expired medication will not be accepted or administered to students. (Note: The pharmacy label does not constitute a written order and cannot be used in lieu of a written order from a licensed prescriber, unless it is an asthma inhaler.) If possible, when having prescriptions filled, parents should request two containers for home and for school.
- Medication orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year and when there are changes. Parents must pick up all medications on the last day of school or speak to a school nurse if the medication can be sent home with the student.
- Medications are kept in a locked, secure cabinet in the Nurses’ Office. Some students may carry personal emergency medical supplies as prescribed by physicians, such as asthma inhalers or epinephrine auto-injectors. Please submit the required School Medication Authorization Form stating such.
- Medications that students bring to school, without proper documentation, are confiscated and the student may be sent to their dean. Parents will have the option of either picking up the medication by the end of the semester or authorizing their student to retrieve the medication at the end of the school day. Any medication left over by the end of the semester will be disposed of.