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PV Schools Policy
When it is necessary for your child to take medication during school hours, the following requirements must be met:
1. All medications—prescription, over‐the‐counter, and dietary supplement— must be in their original containers. Prescription medication containers must be affixed with a current label with the child's name. Over‐the‐counter medication and dietary supplement containers must be labeled with the name of the medication/supplement and include directions for recommended dosage range.
2. There must be signed district medication form from the parent/guardian to administer medication(s)/dietary supplement(s) to your child. Name of the medication/dietary supplement, dosage, time, and dates to be given must be stated on the form. A separate medication form needs to be completed for each medication or supplement. Please also provide an empty, labeled second bottle for each medication/dietary supplement for transporting field trip medications.
3. Medications/dietary supplements are expected to be brought to school by the parent/guardian unless the parent/guardian has given written permission for the student to transport medications. School bus drivers are prohibited from assuming responsibility for transporting student medication(s) to the school.
4. It is recommended that liquid medicines that must be refrigerated be left in the Health Center during the dates to be dispensed and that you keep a needed amount at home. Most pharmacies will dispense two bottles of prescribed medicine if you request it.
5. A student may carry and self‐administer prescribed emergency medication, specifically a rescue inhaler, Epi‐Pen, or insulin, only if all requirements to do so as set forth in the district’s Protocol and Guidelines for Student Medications Dietary Supplements and Medical Monitoring Devices have been met. Please contact the school nurse for further information.
6. Medications/dietary supplements brought to school which do not meet the necessary requirements (e.g., in the original labeled container, signed permission form, etc.) will not be dispensed by the nurse and will be kept in a locked cabinet in the Health Center until a parent/guardian verifies the medication and follows the procedures for dispensing the medication or picks up the medication
7. Any extra medication(s) that have not been picked up by the parent/guardian at the end of treatment or at the end of the school year will be disposed of.
8. If you and/or your doctor feel it is necessary for your student to receive PRN (as needed) over‐the‐counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antihistamines, antacids, cough drops, etc. during the school day, please contact the nurse for further information. Administration of over‐the‐counter medications is at the professional discretion of the school nurse and may only be dispensed by the nurse or qualified nurse substitute.
9. The school nurse or school personnel will not honor independent requests for a parent/legal guardian to administer prescription or over‐the‐counter medication other than as specified on the label.
10. If your child requires a morning dose of medication, it is recommended that he/she receive it at home before leaving school. We have found that the educational process is enhanced when students take their morning medication(s) at home. They arrive at school ready to meet the day!