Health Issues and Medication at School
Medication at School
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.
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
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?
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
o PINK EYE (conjunctivitis) – This is VERY contagious. Your child should be treated before returning to school.
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.