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 a 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 a school nurse or other designated staff members is given by the parent on the RenWeb online enrollment form.
- Prescription medications must be brought to a 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 a 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.
- NO medication of any kind may be carried on a student’s person without permission from a school nurse.
Students Requiring an EpiPen at School for Severe Allergies
An EpiPen is a prescription medication used to treat severe allergic reactions and requires special authorization to administer at school. Our school policy regarding EpiPen administration is for the students’ safety and mandated by state law. It is required to have on record an order signed by you and your child’s physician for any prescription medication, including EpiPens, to be given at school. This order must be renewed each school year. The Authorization for Emergency Medication for Severe Allergic Reaction Form acts as both the physician order and the emergency plan our staff will follow in the event your child has an allergic reaction at school.
Each child has different allergy triggers and may present with a unique pattern of symptoms. Some physicians want an EpiPen administered at the first sign of an allergic reaction; some prefer to administer antihistamines and/or inhalers first with mild symptoms of an allergic reaction and use the EpiPen only if symptoms progress after these have been given. Please consult with your physician and ask him/her to carefully fill out and sign this authorization to reflect the individual needs of your student and your desires in responding to an emergency situation.
It is necessary for all medication on your emergency plan, including any antihistamine and inhaler, to be supplied by you in its original container. According to school policy, you must supply two sets of all medications on your emergency plan to the school. For lower school, one set of emergency medication is kept in the clinic and another set is kept in the student’s classroom. For upper school, one set of emergency medication is kept in the clinic and another set is carried by the student in their backpack. These medications should be available on the first day of school. A school nurse will need to meet with you the week before school starts to go over the authorization form for completeness, to check expiration dates on medications and to allow you to communicate any concerns you may have.
Students Requiring Asthma Medication at School
Asthma inhalers and nebulizer treatment vials are considered prescription medication. State law requires the school to have a physician’s order for any prescription medication taken at school, including self-administered asthma inhalers and nebulizer medications. The order must be renewed each school year.
If your child carries an inhaler at school, keeps an inhaler in the school clinic, or requires nebulizer treatments at school an Authorization for Asthma Medication at School Form must be filled out and signed by you and your physician. It includes other information to let us know your child’s asthma triggers and routine medications he/she is taking for asthma control. Students may carry their inhaler in their backpack if they are able to self-administer effectively, or inhalers may be kept in the clinic to use under supervision. If your child requires nebulizer medication, you must also provide a nebulizer machine to keep in the clinic. A school nurse will need to meet with you to discuss your child’s special needs.