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Important Information about Medications at School 
 

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. 

Prescription Medication

·         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.

Miscellaneous

·         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   Vomiting

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.

 
 
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