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Watchung Hills Regional High School

Off-Canvas

Medications

School Policies and Procedures

Prescription medications which must be routinely taken during school hours must be kept locked in the Health Office. Medications must be submitted in their original container with the doctor's name and instructions on the label. A doctor's order describing the chronic condition must accompany the drug, if not clearly described on the student's medical record. Students will then report to the Health Office according to the prescribed schedule to take the medication. This procedure is to be followed whether the medication is to be taken daily or only as needed.

NOTE: Students who have "as needed" orders for medications which are rarely used e.g.: inhalers/asthma, antihistamines or epinephrine/bee stings, insulin/diabetes etc., MUST have an emergency supply, clearly labeled and complete with doctor's orders locked in the Health Office. STUDENTS WITH CHRONIC PROBLEMS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO BEGIN CLASSES UNLESS THE MEDICATIONS AND PROPER AUTHORIZATIONS ARE IN ORDER BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS. Medications must be replaced prior to the Expiration Date - Notification of expiration will be sent home in timely fashion.

Chapter 308, PL. 1993, S -1506 & A - 2600 - This newly enacted statute & amended law permits students with life-threatening illness to self-medicate and carry their medication with them. Student's wishing to do so must submit an additional Self-Medication Form. This does not exempt them from submitting medication to the Nurse. At least one emergency dose of the prescribed medication must be kept in the Nurse's Office at all times. This dose will accompany students to any off campus trips except athletic events. Students self-medicating during school hours are to alert the nurse each time they use the medication. Students self-medicating during athletic activities should advise the trainer if they do so during athletic participation.

Acute Problems Requiring Prescription Medications

Any prescribed medication must be submitted in its original container with the doctor's name and instructions on the label. Ideally, it should be taken at home. When this is unavoidable, it must be taken in the Health Office after the nurse checks the container and parental request.

Medications which are Needed During School Activities Outside of the School Building

Medications, such as inhalers for asthmatics, may be needed by a student when he/she is away from the school building. Medications should be carried by the student or supervising adult whose only function will be to verify the student's name and Nurse's authorization on the label. Student's using these medications must have a record of the doctor's orders, parental request and Self medication Form, on file in the Nurse's Office. The medication itself e.g. inhaler should have a label on it which has the student's name, med. exp. date & Nurse's signature to verify that all paperwork and consents regarding the use of the medication are in order. If the medication is not labeled, it should be confiscated by the activity supervisor and submitted to the Nurse so that the situation is corrected.

Over The Counter (OTC) Non-Prescription Medications

OTC Medication taken on a routine basis for a chronic condition require a doctor's note and students must follow the same procedure as above for chronic conditions.

OTC Medications For Acute Problems

OTC Medications taken during school hours require that the doctor / parent consent form be on file and a parental request accompany the medication. Medications must be taken in the Health Office.

ANY STUDENT, TAKING MEDICATION OF ANY TYPE OUTSIDE OF THE HEALTH OFFICE WITHOUT PROPER CONSENT, OR GIVING MEDICATION OF ANY TYPE TO ANOTHER STUDENT, WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION WHICH WILL VARY FROM DETENTION TO EXPULSION AS THE SITUATION WARRANTS.

Medication Rules

The administration of prescription and over-the-counter medications during school hours is a complex issue. However, in order for many students with chronic health conditions and disabilities to remain in school, medication may have to be administered during school hours.

Herbal remedies and nutritional supplements are not considered medications and should not be administered in school.

Parents/guardians should be encouraged to administer medications at home wheneverpossible. Medications should be administered in school only when necessary for thehealth and safety of students.

Before any medication may be administered, the Board policy requires written permission from the parent/guardian and a written order from the prescribing physician.

The written order from the prescribing physician must include:

a) the purpose of the medication
b) the dosage
c) the time to administer or special circumstances under which medication should beadministered
d) the length of time medication is prescribed
e) possible side effects of the medication

The form REQUEST FOR ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION may be obtained from the school nurse at any time. (Or downloaded in PDF Format.)

All medicine must be brought to school by a parent or designated adult in the original container and properly labeled.