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Medications at School

Medications at School

The Enterprise City School System recognizes the need for some of our students to receive medications during the school day.  In response to this identified need, our school system has established guidelines to ensure the safe and proper administration of medications.  The goal of our school system regarding the administration of medication during the school day is to assist students in maintaining optimal state of wellness, thus enhancing the educational experience.  A nurse is available at Enterprise High School to ensure the proper administration of medications during the school day, and to ensure that issues of health do not impact negatively upon students' classroom performance and attendance.

Most medications will and should be given at home.  Medications prescribed for once a day, or twice a day should be given at home.  If the medication is ordered to be given with food, the student should have a snack given with the medication at home.  Please contact the school nurse if there are special considerations regarding the administration of medications during the school day. 

Please be reminded that the authority to administer medication(s) to your child must come from you as the parent/guardian and the physician, when the medication is prescribed.  Your child should not bring medications to school. Parents/guardians are responsible for delivering the medications to the school nurse.  Please do not allow your child to keep medications or medical devices, such as inhalers, with him/her during the school day, without speaking to the school nurse.

Administration of Medication Procedures

  1. A School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form must be completed and signed by the student's parent/guardian before any medication (prescription or non-prescription) may be administered to a student during the school day. If a medication is prescribed by a physician, the medication authorization form must be signed by the licensed health care provider before the medication is administered. Please contact the school nurse for a copy of this form. These forms are renewed every year.
  2. For prescription medications, a pharmacy-labeled container is required which includes the student's name, licensed health care provider's name, name of medication, strength, dosage, time interval and route.
  3. When the medication to be given is a non-prescription medication, the medication should be brought by the parent/guardian to the school in its original container, unopened and sealed. This container should identify the medication, provide all the manufacturer's labeling and the student's name. Medications, which are sent to the school in other containers or wrapped in such items as tissue paper, paper towels, etc., will not be accepted or administered to students. A School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form for student self-administration of asthma medication, insulin, and epipens must be on file in the nurses' office.
  4. Self -administered medications must be agreed upon by the licensed health care provider, parent and nurse. If the student is deemed not safe to self administer, the parent and licensed health care provider will be contacted and the medication will be kept in the healthroom for administration if needed.
  5. The parent/guardian should deliver all controlled substances (such as Ritalin) to the school nurse. Students must not deliver controlled substances to the school, and students must not keep medications with them during the school day unless specifically prescribed by a physician. In such cases, the medical authorization form for student self-administration of asthma medication must be on file in the nurses' office.
  6. Once the medication has been received, the school nurse will count, inspect and properly secure the medications
  7. The parent/guardian should pick up the student's medication which has not been used at the end of the school year.
  8. The parent/guardian must provide the school with a new School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form if medication orders are changed during the school year.
  9. Enterprise City School nurses do not carry stock medications of any kind in their healthrooms, nor do they provide over the counter medications to the students unless the student has medication in the healthroom and has a School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form on file.

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