H. W. Mountz Elementary School

A National Blue Ribbon Award School 2015

Medication Policy

 Board of Education Policy States:

“The administration of medication to a pupil during school hours will be permitted only when failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of the pupil, or the pupil would not be able to attend school if the medicine were not made available to him/her during school hours. For purposes of this policy, “medication” shall include all medicines prescribed by a physician for the particular pupil, including emergency medication in the event of bee stings, etc., and all nonprescription “over the counter” medication.”

“Before any medication may be administered to or by any pupil during school hours, the board shall require the written request of the parent/guardian which shall give permission for such administration and relieve the board and its employees of liability for administration of medication. In addition, the board requires the written order of the prescribing physician which shall include:

  1. The purpose of the medication;
  2. The dosage;
  3. The time at which or the special circumstances under which medication shall be administered;
  4. The length of time for which medication is prescribed;
  5. The possible side effects of the medication.

 Both documents shall be kept on file in the office of the school nurse.”

 Additionally,

  • Medications shall be securely stored and kept in the original container in the office of the school nurse.
  • All medication shall be brought to school by the parent/guardian and shall be picked up at the end of the school year or the end of the period of medication, whichever is earlier.
  • Medication orders will be renewed in writing, by both parent and healthcare provider, at the beginning of each school year.

 The entire Board of Education Medication Policy can be obtained in the health office.

 Please do not send any medications in your child’s lunchbox or backpack. This includes prescription or over-the-counter medicine, herbal preparations and vitamins. Children are not allowed to self administer medication in school (Students needing life saving medications are an exception to this rule, but must have proper documentation from their physician on file in the health room)

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