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.
This morning I was approached by Amanda VanGuilder and Shyla Bakerian about a great opportunity to help make a dream come true.
I am attaching an article that they gave me this morning about a student from Greenwich High School and what she is doing to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
The student has an incredible story and the way she is helping others is inspirational.
I would encourage you all to read the article and encourage your students to participate in assisting this young woman.
If your students participate I would be happy to collect all the letters and deliver them in Greenwich on behalf of the students at Whitehall MS/HS. This is a great opportunity for the students in Whitehall to make a difference with a simple gesture.
I am very proud of Amanda and Shyla for trying to make a difference and for having the compassion to approach me about our school helping this wonderful cause simply by asking our students to write a letter.
Have a great day,
Congratulations Codie Bascue on getting the first World Cup Gold of the Winter Olympics! View Article!
The schooltool Parent Portal is back. Please contact the High School Guidance office at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your information and your account will be activated.
The schooltool Student Portal is now back online, and students can use the "Sign-In with Google" button to log-in on their Chromebooks.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.