Medication Procedures


U.S.D. #305 SCHOOL NURSES

 

 

Over the Counter Medication Administration Change Effective 2019-2020

Current medication administration policy allows the administration of over the counter medication during the school day and school sponsored activities and events with a parent signature only, if administered in accordance with label directions. Ibuprofen bottles have recently been relabeled to read “adults and children over 12 years of age take 1 tablet (200mg) every 4-6 hours”. Older bottles will read 2 tablets (400mg) every 4-6 hours. We will be adhering to the new label directions. If you want your student to be able to take more than 200mg of Ibuprofen, you will need a signed physician order effective August 1, 2019. Medication order forms can be found at http://https//www.usd305.com/for_parents/school_nurses/medication_forms or in the school nurse’s office.

U.S.D. #305 Medication Procedure

Written authorization from an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine and Surgery), D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery), A.P.R.N. (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse , or P.A.(Physician’s Assistant) must accompany any prescription medication, essential oil, or other non-FDA approved medication/treatment to be administered during the  school day or school sponsored activity/event. An Optometrist(O.D.) may prescribe certain topical medications for the eyes. Chiropractic prescriptions are not accepted.

1. Whenever possible, medication should be administered at home using a schedule that will not require doses during the school day.


2.
Written authorization from a licensed prescriber with a parent/guardian signature on the USD 305 Permission for Medication form must be provided for any prescription medication, essential oil, and other non-FDA approved medication/treatment to be administered at school or school sponsored activity/event. The USD 305 Permission for Medication form must include the name of the student, name of the medication, dosage of medication, time the medication is to be given and the duration of administration. The medication must be provided in a correctly labeled prescription bottle (original labeled bottle for essential oils) and locked in the nurse’s office with the exception of physician prescribed emergency medication (asthma rescue inhalers, insulin, epinephrine). Students may self-administer  and self-carry asthma rescue inhalers, insulin, and/or epinephrine with the appropriate documentation on file in the nurse’s office. Please see the school nurse to obtain the required documentation.


3.
Administration of over the counter medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Cough Drops, creams/gels/lotions, etc.) requires a parent/guardian signature only on the USD 305 Permission for Medication form if administered in accordance with label directions. Any dosage or frequency other than the  labeled directions, will require a physician order. USD 305 does not provide/purchase medication for student administration. Over the counter medication must be provided by the parent/guardian in the original bottle and must be locked in the nurse’s office.


4.
Any change in the time or dosage of prescription medication must be accompanied by a new signed written prescription from the prescriber as described above.


5.
All medication must be locked in the health room with the exception of those with the required documentation on file in the nurse's office for the prescribed emergency medication listed above.


6.
Ideally medication that are controlled substances (Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, etc.) should not be sent to school with students. Parents/guardians should deliver controlled substance medications to the school nurse, health aide, or office personnel to be counted and signed in. If a parent/guardian is unable to deliver the medication, please contact your school nurse to make alternative arrangements.


7.
Medication should be picked up when the illness is concluded or at the end of the school year. Any medication not picked up at the end of the school year will be discarded. No medication will be kept and carried over to the next school year.

Self-Administration of Emergency Medications
Students shall be allowed to self-carry and self-administer medication for the treatment of acute asthma episodes, diabetes, and anaphylaxis when the appropriate documentation is completed and filed in the nurse’s office. Please contact your school nurse for the required documentation and to discuss your student's health condition.