Health Services – Medication Guidelines
Parents should be aware of the strict guidelines established by the State of New York for medication in schools. The State cautions school districts regarding over-medication in our society but recognizes that in unusual circumstances medication for individual students must be available under certain conditions. These rules must be adhered to in all of the district buildings.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications:
The nurse must have a written request from the parent/guardian to administer the medication as specified by the physician. A verbal or telephone request is not adequate.
Both types of medications must be either in the container prepared by the pharmacist or the original OTC medication bottle. Both containers must include the name and strength of the medication. (Note: The pharmacy label does not constitute a written order and cannot be used in lieu of a written order from a licensed prescriber.) When having prescriptions filled, parents should request two containers - for home and for school.
All medication must be delivered directly to the nurse by the parents. NO MEDICATION SHOULD BE SENT TO SCHOOL WITH THE CHILD. NO MEDICATION IS PERMITTED TO BE CARRIED ON THE BUS WITHOUT PRE-APPROVAL.
Medication orders must be renewed annually or when there is any change.
All medication will be kept in a locked, secure cabinet in the Health Office. However, some students may carry personal emergency medical supplies as prescribed by physicians.
- The school nurse must have a written request from the child's physician that indicates the name, frequency, dosage, route, and side effects of the medication. In addition, the condition being treated and the length of time the medication is to be administered are to be specified by the physician.
The cooperation of parents/guardians is necessary and greatly appreciated. If there are any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school nurse.