School nurses, principals, and other school personnel are constantly being asked to dispense internal medications to school children. Compliance with such requests, in addition to being contrary to good health practices, is contrary to regulations as outlined in the Nurse Practice Act and provisions of State Education Law.
There are circumstances when, under specific regulations, a medication prescribed by a private physician, may be administered to a pupil during school hours. This is a program adjustment to meet the healthneeds of an individual.
Certain facts must be established about the medication. It should be determined that the frequency of dosage demands that it be given during the hours when the child is in school. If it is medication which can be administered one to three times a day, it is usually possible for the parent to take the responsibility. If it is a medication which must be given at extremely frequent intervals, it is not responsibile to expect that it can be handled efficiently in the school.
Medication orders must be renewed annually or when there is a change in medication or dosage. Medication may be administered if it is accompanied by:
1. The written order of your physician specifying diagnosis, medication, dosage, frequency, and the time element for administering it. The pharmacy label does not constitute a written order and can not be used in lieu of a written order from a licensed prescriber.
2. A written statement from the parent or guardian requesting administration of the medication in school as ordered by the licensed prescriber.
3. The parent or guardian must assume responsibility to have the medication delivered directly to the health office in a properly labeled and original container that clearly displays student's name, date, prescriber, name of medication, dosage, and frequency. Ask the pharmacist for two containers - one to remain at home - one at school.
It has come to our attention that a small number of students from the district have been diagnosed with Pertussis (Whooping Cough). These students have sought medical intervention and have been properly treated and cleared by their doctor to return to school.
Pertussis is contagious through close contact with an infected child. Attached to this letter, please review the fact sheet that will help you be on the lookout for any symptoms of Pertussis. In the event that your child becomes symptomatic, it is important that you seek medical intervention.
Should you have any question please feel free to contact your personal health provider.
Incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten Parents:
Open House tonight!
Tuesday, September 5th, 5:30pm-6:30pm
This is a chance to meet your child's teacher and check out their classroom!