There is a nationwide awareness and concern for the increase of in-school dispensing of medication including a broad spectrum of patent medicines. In keeping with the district’s educational effort to encourage precaution and restraint in this important aspect of daily health care, the Penn-Delco School Board adopted the following policy:
- The Certified School Nurse, RN or designee shall be responsible for administering Emergency medication by a blanket order issued by the school physician (restricted to injectable adrenalin).
- Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Antacids and Antihistamines (for allergic reaction only) are the only authorized medications supplied in the school. These may be administered by the school nurse with parental permission on the emergency card.
- In compliance with the policy, a copy of the current prescription (renewed annually), signed by the child's local physician, must be on file in the nurse’s office.
- Medications to be administered MUST be identified in a pharmacy provided prescription container (not plastic bags, envelopes, etc.) and stored in the school nurse’s office. The prescription container is required for the nurse to administer prescribed medication to a student in school.
- All OTC medications except those listed on the emergency card, must have a physician’s order and must be supplied by the parent.
- Students are not permitted to carry any medications or pills. All medication/pills (including prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), diet preparations and dietary supplements and vitamins) must be brought to the nurse’s office in the original packaging, by the parent, (unless other arrangements are made with the nurse), administered under the supervision of the nurse or designee and stored in a secure location within the nurse’s office. Medication which is ordered “3 times/day” can usually be administered at breakfast, upon return from school and at bedtime.
- It is wise to notify the school nurse of all medications your child is taking in case he/she develops an allergic reaction or incompatibility.
- At the end of the school year, unused medication will be returned to the parent or discarded.