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Medication Reminders for the End of the School Year

May 07, 2019

The school cannot keep medication over the summer.  All medication must be picked up prior to the last day of school or arrangements need to be made if the medication cannot be picked up.  Any medication left will be destroyed. Student who had prescription medications or inhalers at school will receive new forms in the mail over the summer.

Medication Policy for Elementary Students for 2019-2020:

  • All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) require an annual doctor's note and parent's authorization.  These documents are available in the office and online.

    • Bring the physician/dentist-signed order to the school or fax it to the school at 785 796 6440

    • A new physician note is required each year (not dated prior to May 1).

    • Send medications in the original container labeled with the student's name. We cannot accept medication in baggies.

    • Elementary students cannot self-carry cough drops, lip balm or any over the counter medications for maturity and safety reasons.

    • Medications are kept in the health room and given by the school nurse or a trained staff member.

  • Two exceptions exist to the above policy (see school nurse for applicable forms):

    • Parents provide permission during online enrollment (as desired) for health room stock of acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Tums, Vaseline, topical antibiotic cream, topical hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or peppermints to be given by the school nurse. The nurse will attempt to contact the parent whenever the health room stock is administered.

      • No physician/dentist order is needed for the health room stock.

    • And, students in kindergarten through fifth grade with asthma, allergies or Type 1 diabetes may carry and self-administer emergency medication. The self-administration policy requires:

      • Written parent and physician signature specifying name and purpose of medication

      • Prescribed dosage

      • Conditions under which the medication is to be self-administered,

      • Verification that the student has been instructed in self-administration.

Please see the Kansas Asthma Action Plan and the Permission to Carry Emergency Medication Form. Both are available online and in the office.

 

Middle School and High School Medication Policy 2019-2020:

The middle school and high school medication policy varies slightly from the elementary school policy and encourages increased responsibility.

  1. All prescribed medications should be brought to the school nurse’s attention.

  2. Many medications prescribed for attention deficit disorder and emotional problems, including depression, are controlled substances. Controlled substances require an annual doctor’s note and parent’s authorization and must dispensed from the health room under the supervision of the school nurse. (Please see the Medication Administration Request for Secondary Students available in the office and online) The physician/dentist signature may be on this form or be received by the school on another form including a fax from the physician/dentist office. The doctor's note should not be dated earlier than May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable.

  3. Students in sixth through 12th grades with diagnosis of asthma, severe allergies or type 1 diabetes may carry and self-administer emergency medication. Kansas law states that this self-administration policy require written parent and physician signature specifying the name and purpose of medication, prescribed dosage, conditions under which the medication is to be self-administered and verification that the student has been instructed in self-administration, etc. (Please see the Kansas Asthma Action Plan and the Permission to Carry Emergency Medication Form.)

  4. Antibiotics and other non-controlled prescription medications can be carried and self-administered by the student at the nurse's discretion. Medication must be in the original prescription bottle.

  5. Over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough drops, etc.) may be carried and self-administered by students without written parent and/or physician signature. A limited supply of over-the-counter medications is available from the health room. Parents provide permission during online enrollment for the school nurse to administer over-the-counter medications.

  6. In addition, these general rules apply:

    • All medication is to be carried in its original container.

    • At no time should a student give medication to another student.

    • The principal may revoke the self-medication privilege of any student found to be in violation of the policy.

Important

  1. The carrying of permissible medication by a student is a privilege. Students and parents need to be aware that it is a McLouth Student Code of Conduct violation to distribute or attempt to sell prescribed medications or over-the-counter medications.

  2. It is also a McLouth Student Code of Conduct violation to possess or distribute a controlled substance (see item 2 above) such as Ritalin or other ADD/ADHD medication, narcotics, anti-depressants, psychotic medications, etc. These need to be administered by the school nurse with a doctor's note.

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