Procedures for Administration of Prescription Medication

1.         Only prescription medications will be administered in school and only if there is no viable alternative.
2.         Non-prescription medications sent to school with a student will not be administered in school without a written permission note from a parent.
3.         The parent of a child who requires medication will notify the school of such.  The parent will be required to send a “physician’s order” along with the medication and to complete an “Authorization for Administration of Medication” form before any medication will be administered.
4.         It is the parent’s responsibility to see that the medication to be administered in school is in the prescription container which identifies the patient, medication, dosage, prescribing physician, current date, accurate directions for administration, notice of any possible side effects and identification and telephone number of the pharmacy.
5.  The parent shall make a request to the physician or the pharmacy that it provides a duplicate medication container complete with label.  One container is to be kept at home and the other at school under the care of school authorities.  The label on both containers is to be identical.  The purpose of two containers is that only part of the prescription need be sent to school at one time.  The remainder of the medication is to be stored in the container kept at home.
6.         If the medication is not labeled sufficiently, the medication will not be administered.  Parents will be notified if this is the case.
7.         The school will administer medication according to the container label.  Only the school health aide, principal, classroom teacher, or other school personnel identified by the building administrator will administer medication.
8.         The school will not change a dosage.
9.         All medication will be stored at a designated location within the school building in a locked storage unit.  The school nurse and the building administrator must approve any alternate storage area.
10.       Labels are to be read three times by the person administering the medication for the first time.  The person administering the medication will verify the student’s identification.
11.       A disposable spoon or cup will be used to administer a liquid medication.  Tablets/pills should not be touched.
12.       The student is to be observed during administration to be sure medication is properly ingested.
13.       It is the school health aide’s responsibility to review medications and train appointed personnel to administer medication.  All personnel administering medication will read and understand the school medication administration policy and these procedures; a Medication Administration Skills Check List will be provided and completed.
14.       In the event of anaphylactic shock, trained personnel may administer the Epi-Pen for the prescribed students.
15.       In the event of a hypoglycemic emergency of a diabetic individual, glucagon or a similar product may be administered by trained school personnel, providing a parent has completed an “Authorization for Administration of Medication”.
16.       A record of all medications administered under this policy shall be entered in a log maintained in each building.  This log will include the name of the student, date, student’s grade, medication administered and initials of person administering medication.  Each dosage administered will also be entered on the card.  A count of the number of tablets/capsules will be made when the medication is received in school.  A running count will be kept as the medication is administered.
17.       If any medication is left in school after the school year ends, the parent will be contacted and be given one week to pick up the medication.  Any medication left in school after one week will be destroyed.

Contact: Dana Narr, Kimball Schools Nurse