Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5330 - USE OF MEDICATIONS

The medications and/or treatments which may be administered are defined in Policy 5330. In those circumstances where a student must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines are to be observed:

 

A.

Parents should determine with their physician's counsel whether the medication schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering medication during school hours.

   
 

B.

Medication that is brought to the office will be properly secured. Medication may be conveyed to school directly by the parent or transported by transportation personnel (bus driver and/or bus aide) at parental request. This should be arranged in advance. A two to four (2-4) weeks' supply of medication is recommended. Medication MAY NOT be sent to school in the student's lunch box, pocket, or other means on or about his/her person. An exception to this would be prescriptions for emergency medications for allergies and/or reactions.

   
 

C.

For each prescribed medication, the container shall have a pharmacist's label with the following information:

   
 

1.

student's name

   
 

2.

physician's name

   
 

3.

date

   
 

4.

pharmacy name and telephone

   
 

5.

name of medication

   
 

6.

prescribed dosage and frequency

   
 

7.

special handling and storage directions

   
 

D.

Any unused medication unclaimed by the parent will be destroyed by the administrative personnel when a prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of a school year.

   
 

E.

The staff member administering the medication shall ensure that the student takes the medication properly.

   
 

F.

If a student does not take the medication at the proper time, the staff member responsible for administering the medication shall take appropriate steps to locate the student and administer the medication and to then notify the parents of the importance of the child reporting on time for his/her medication.

   
 

G.

All medications are to be administered in such a way as to not unduly embarrass the student.

   
 

H.

If, for supportable reasons, the principal wishes to discontinue the privilege of a student self-administering a medication, s/he shall notify the parent of this decision in sufficient time for an alternative administration to be established.

   
 

I.

If a student is exhibiting behavior which causes the teacher to be concerned about his/her medical status, this behavior must be reported to the building principal and expressed in writing in behavioral terms.

Revised 8/12/15

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