POLICY MANUAL

Administration of Medication - Regulation R7-53

A. Generally
Medication may be administered during the school day under the following
conditions:

  1. When it has been determined by a physician/nurse practitioner that the medication must be administered during school hours.
  2. When there is a physician/nurse practitioner's written order signed by the parent or guardian requesting the school to administer the medication on the form included with this regulation.
  3. When the medication is brought to school in its original container stating the dosage and method of administration prescribed by a physician/nurse practitioner. If over-the-counter medication is prescribed by physician/nurse practitioner, it must be brought to school with safety seal intact.
  4. When expiration date on medication is checked and found to be current.

Note: All medications should be entered in the log book maintained for that purpose in each school. A locked storage space will be provided for medications stored at school.

B. Guidelines for Self-Administration of Medications
Self-administration of medication is a privilege which can be taken away if medication
policies are abused or ignored. Self-administration of medication during the school day
may occur only under the following conditions:

  1. When it has been determined that the medication must be self-administered during school hours and there is a physician/nurse practitioner's written order signed by the parent or guardian requesting the self-administration of the medication.
  2. When the student has demonstrated to the physician/nurse practitioner his/her capability for self-administration and an understanding that medication is not to be shared.
  3. When the student notifies the appropriate school personnel (such as teachers, principals, nurse/health assistants, coaches, etc.) of the self-administration of medication.

C. Guidelines for Disposing of Medications
Proper disposal of medications at school depends on the physical properties of the
medication to be discarded:

  1. Liquid medication should be poured down the drain in the sink.
  2. Tablets should be flushed down the commode.
  3. Injectable medications (i.e. epipens, insulin needles, glucagon, etc.) after use should be placed in a Contaminated Materials Container for sharps and disposed of as per OSHA standards and regulations.
  4. Any needle/syringe found on school property should be placed in a Contaminated Materials Container for sharps and disposed of as per OSHA standards and regulations.

Note: Do not dispose of any medications in the trash can. When handling a needle/syringe, care must be taken to avoid touching the needle at all times. Never recap a needle.

Approved by Superintendent: September 13, 1988
Revised by Superintendent: May 15, 1996
Revised by School Board: June 6, 2000

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