• GOAL

     

    To assure the school attendance for students who must use medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities or illness.

     

    DEFINITIONS

     

    1. Medication- a drug/preparation administered for purposes of relief, cure or prevention of illness or disease

    a.      prescription medication- a drug/preparation ordered by a medical doctor (M.D.), a dentist (DDS), or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) licensed to practice in the United States

    b.      non-prescription medication- a drug/preparation obtained over-the-counter (OTC) in the United States

    1. Administration- the act of giving a single unit dosage of a drug/preparation directly to the student.
    2. Authorized Personnel- superintendents, principals, classroom teachers, supervisors, counselors, school nurses, nurse-aides, teacher-aides, secretaries, or any other classified personnel employed by the school district.

     

    ROLE OF THE SCHOOL NURSE/NURSE-AIDE

     

    The school nurse/Nurse-Aide is responsible for insuring that a safe system for administering medication is in place on the local campuses.

     

     

     

    STATEMENTS

     

    1.  Student safety is the primary concern of medication administration. If there is a medication discrepancy that might be injurious to the student, the nurse has the responsibility to question the discrepancy or refuse to give the medication.

     

    2.  All medications must be brought to the school clinic or office by the parent/guardian and checked in by the nurse or office staff. NO medication may be brought on the bus. All medication will be stored in a locked cabinet.

     

    3.  Parents are encouraged to schedule the administration of student’s medicine in such a manner that that medication brought to school will be kept at a minimum. If the medication is to be given one (1), two (2), or three (3) times a day, those medications need to be given at home unless we receive a medication order from the physician that states is must be given during the school day.

    4.  All prescription medication to be administered by Caddo Mills ISD personnel to individual students must be:

     

    a.       in the original container labeled with:

    1.      students name

    2.      name of the medication

    3.      directions for administration (dosage, frequency, duration, route of administration)

    4.      date the prescription was dispensed

    5.      doctor’s name

    6.      name and address of pharmacy

    b.      accompanied by a parent/guardian written request for administration which does not conflict with instructions on the medication label

    c.       doctor’s written statement when medication is to be given (daily or as needed) longer than 10 days

    d.      any change in the medication must be accompanied by a parent/guardian written request and a new doctor statement; prescription bottle with new medication change MUST be provided within 5 calendar days.

     

    5.  All non-prescription (OTC) medication to be administered by Caddo Mills ISD personnel to individual students must be:

     

    a.      in original container (bottle or box)

    b.      accompanied by a parent/guardian written request for administration which is not in conflict with the label instructions

    c.       DOCTOR’S ORDER REQUIRED for all non-prescription medication

    d.      Any change in the medication must be accompanied by a parent/guardian written request and a new doctor statement.

     

    6.  A physician written order will be required for administration of any herbal substance or dietary supplement and will be administered ONLY if it is required by the Individual Education Program or Section 504 plan of a student with disabilities.

     

    7.  A student may possess and self-administer prescribed asthma medication on school property or at school related events if the student has written permission from their parent/guardian and their physician or licensed health care provider. The physician’s statement must be kept on file in the school nurse/nurse-aide office of the campus the student attends. A student 18 years of age may give permission for himself to use a prescribed asthma inhaler.

     

    8.  Cough drops/throat lozenges are the only over-the- counter medication that will be administered at school as long as it is provided by the student and accompanied by a parent/guardian request.

     

    9.  Under NO circumstances are the medications prescribed or requested for one student to be administered to another student.

    10. Under NO circumstances are students allowed to self-administer medication from or receive medication from Caddo Mills ISD personnel’s personal supply of medication.

     

    11. A mediation record will be kept on all medications given. The record shall include the following information:

     

    a.       name of student

    b.      name of medication

    c.       date the medication was administered

    d.      dosage administered

    e.       time of day medication was administered

    f.        name (initials) of the person administering the medicine.

     

    12. At the Middle School and High School level it is basically the responsibility of the student to remember to take their medication. An exception to this is severely handicapped or identified special education students who are unable to report for their medications.

     

    13. No medication may be transported home on the bus without permission from the school nurse/nurse-aide.

     

    14. Medication not picked up at the end of the school year will be discarded.

     

    15. At the beginning of every school year, a new physician’s order will need to be provided in order to administer medication.