Medical Information

Health Issues and Medication at School

 medMedication at School

 There are times when students need medication at school. We will gladly assist your child with all medication needs, but the following state regulations must be adhered to:

1. All medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, MUST have a signed permission form entitled “School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization”. This form can be obtained from you school nurse, at a doctor’s office or can found online in the Student Health section of the Shades Valley High School website

2. For PRESCRIPTION medications, a physician signature and a parent signature are required. No prescription medicines will be given without this form signed by both parent/guardian and physician.

3. For OVER-THE-COUNTER medications, including cough drops and ointments, a “School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization” form is also needed. The parent's signature will allow medication to be given for two weeks. If medication is needed for a longer period of time, the parent must sign a new form every two weeks or a Physician's signature may be obtained for extended periods of medication administration. The parent must also provide the medication that the child needs to take. Schools are not allowed to keep stock medicines such as Tylenol or Advil. No exceptions can be made. NO medication may be administered at school until signed permission form and accompanying medication are obtained.

4. All medication must be brought in the original, UNOPENED container. Prescription medication must be brought in a current pharmacy labeled container with student's name, physician name, name of medication, strength, dosage, time interval and route when appropriate. No medication will be accepted loose in a plastic bag or otherwise unidentifiable container.

5. All medication is to be delivered by the parent to the nurse or an adult in the office. Please do not send medication to the school with your student. Students found possessing medication will be subject to disciplinary action under Section 3.07 of the Code of Student Conduct.

6. No student will be permitted to carry or possess any type of medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, on his/her person at any time. The only exceptions are for emergency medications such as inhalers or Epi-pens that have been prescribed for self-administration.

7. School personnel will not administer natural remedies, herbs and/or nutritional supplements without the explicit order of an authorized prescriber, parent authorization, FDA approval, verification that the product is safe to administer to children in the prescribed dosage and reasonable information regarding therapeutic and untoward effects.

8. Medication needs to be picked up 2 weeks after the medication expires or the Medication Authorization Form expires or it must be picked up by noon on the last day of class. Medication not picked up with be disposed of in accordance with the Jefferson County Board of Education policy

Food Allergy/ Diet Prescription

If your child requires a restricted/special diet because of FOOD ALLERGIES, a physician must fill out a diet prescription form EACH SCHOOL YEAR. Please submit the Diet Prescription form to the nurse at the beginning of each year or as soon as an allergy is identified. The form can be found in the Forms section at the top of this webpage.


How sick is too sick?

·         Children get sick and, as parents, we want our children not to miss any more school than is necessary. So, how sick is TOO SICK for school. There are times when you should keep your child away from school. If the child is sick, you should know that keeping them home improves the time required for getting well. You also reduce the possibility of spreading illness.

 ·         Here are five types of illnesses that are reasons for keeping a child home:

 o   FEVER – temperature of 100 or above, child should remain home until fever-free for 24 hours.

o   VOMITING – Your child should not attend school if they have vomited in the last 12 hours.

o   DIARRHEA – Your child should remain home if they have diarrhea or have had in the last 12 hours.

o   UNDIAGNOSED RASH – Your child should not attend school until the rash has been diagnosed and treated. It could be measles, chickenpox of some other contagious disease.

o   PINK EYE (conjunctivitis) – This is VERY contagious. Your child should be treated before returning to school.

·         Then there are times when your child looks and feels like he/she is too ill to study or learn. If so, there is no point in being at school.

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