MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
The Alabama Board of Nursing, Alabama State Department of Education, and Trussville City Board of Education have strict guidelines regarding medications in the school setting. A School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form must be completed for both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication. These forms are available online at the school website, in the main office, and in the school clinic.
· A doctor must complete the School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form and the form must be returned to the school clinic.
· Change in dosage requires a new form to be completed by the doctor.
· Medicine must be in the original container giving the physician’s name, dosage and instructions.
· Parents/guardians must bring medication to school. Students may not transport medicine to or from school.
· Emergency medications for asthma, diabetes, or anaphylaxis may be carried by the student on his/her person with a completed Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form and physician signature
Over-the-counter (OTC) Medications
· Under no circumstances is the school allowed to stock its own supply of OTC medicines.
· OTC medications (such as Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, cough drops or syrups, etc.) require the same Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form as prescription medications.
· If the OTC medication is to be administered for more than a two week time period, a parent signature and a physician signature is required on the form unless approved by the nurse. Medications to be administered for less than a 2 week time period require a parent signature only.
· Non-prescription medications must be in the original, unopened, sealed container bearing the entire manufacturer’s labeling and should be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian along with the authorization form. The student’s name should be written legibly on the container.
· Liquid medicines must have a calibrated medicine cup, spoon or syringe.
· Clinic personnel can treat cuts, scrapes, bug bites and bumps with soap and water, Calamine lotion, band aids and ice bags only.
· Students who get sick during the school day will be sent to the clinic.
· Students will be required to check out for:
o Acute diarrhea
o Fever of 100 or above
o Suspected contagious infection
o Head lice
· In the event of illness/injury to a student, every effort will be made to contact a parent as quickly as possible to inform the parent of the student’s condition.
· It is essential that current phone numbers and contact information be on file so that parents/guardians can be contacted.