Any medications required during school hours including prescription, “over-the-counter” (OTC) and homeopathic/herbal medications require a medication order signed by an approved health care provider and are subject to the HCPSS medication policy and procedure.
School health room staff administer medications, store medications in the school’s health room and keep records of when medications are taken by the student.
The items below are not considered medications. Students may bring the items to school without a medical prescription. Health Services requests that a parent/guardian note accompany the item to serve as permission to bring to school.
Sunscreen must be supplied by an individual student and is not to be shared with other students due to potential allergens and skin reactions. It is recommended that a first application be applied at home prior to the start of the school day. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an SPF of at least 15 for sun protection.
A new medication order is required for every new school year dated on or after July 1.
All approved medication orders for the current school year are valid through summer school.
School nurses will evaluate the physician order for appropriate dosage amount. If any area of the order form needs clarification, the nurse will consult your family physician.
Once approved, the parent can begin readying the medication for school use.
The first dose of any new prescription coming to the school must be given at home 24 hours before coming to school.
At the start of the school year, parents can drop off their student’s medication at the school after giving the first dose 24 hours before coming to school. Students cannot bring their own medications in.
Stopping the medication? Let your child’s school know and then pick up the medication.
Dose change? New medication? Parents have to submit a new order form.
Within one week after expiration of the effective date on physician’s order, the parent must personally collect any unused portion of the medication from the health room. Medication not claimed within that period will be destroyed.
At the end of the school year all medications not picked up by the parent will be disposed of.
Contact Ms. Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the HCPSS website: https://www.hcpss.org/health/medications/