The policies regulating the administration of medication during school hours are for the students’ safety and are mandated by the state of Florida. School personnel, including the school nurse, will only be able to administer medication after the Medication Administration Form is properly completed and signed by the parent for all medication and additionally by the physician for prescription medication.
- If a child requires medication during the school day, a Medication Administration Form must be on file in the clinic. The form must be signed by a parent (and by a physician for prescription medication) annually and updated immediately as changes occur. It is recommended that the first dose of any new medication be administered at home.
- Over-the-counter medication supplied by parents must be turned in to the school nurse by a parent in the original manufacturer’s container. The Geneva School clinic supplies the following medications or their generic equivalents: Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen), Benadryl (diphenhydramine), and Tums (calcium carbonate). Permission to administer these over-the-counter medications to students on an as-needed basis at school by the school nurse or other designated staff members is given by the parent on the RenWeb online enrollment form.
- Prescription medications must be brought to the school nurse by the parent in the current, original, properly-labeled container, as dispensed by the pharmacist or physician. Under no condition will children, including siblings, be allowed to share prescription medications. A Medication Administration Form must be signed by both the parent AND the physician who prescribed the medicine.
- The parent must deliver all medication (over-the-counter and prescription) to the school nurse for verification and inventory. All medication must be picked up by the parent at the end of the school year or upon discontinuation of use. Any medication not picked up by the end of the school year will be discarded.
- Medication labels must contain the student’s name, name of medication, directions for use, and date. Physician’s order and medication label must be the same.
- For those children with EpiPen prescriptions, an Authorization for Administration of Emergency Medication for Severe Allergic Reaction Form must be completed and signed by the parent AND physician. Two sets of emergency medications are to be supplied by the parent—one to remain in the classroom with the child and one in the clinic.
- If your child has asthma and carries an inhaler to be self-administered, state law requires that an Authorization for Asthma Medication Administration at School Form be completed and signed by the parent AND the physician. Routine medications are to be administered through the clinic or by a teacher if specific arrangements have been made.
- NO medication of any kind may be carried on a student’s person without permission from the school nurse.