When a student requires medication during the school day, the school nurse or trained medication assistant will administer these medications.
A “Parent/Physician Authorization "form may be obtained from the school nurse office or printed off the Hale County Schools Website. The form must be completed by the parent/legal guardian and signed by the physician (with the exception of over-the-counter medication) before a medication will be administered. The medication permission form and medication must be registered with the school nurse.
Prescription medication must be in the original container, properly labeled (pharmacy label) with the student’s name, prescriber’s name, date of prescription, name of medication, dosage, strength, time interval, route of administering, and the date of drug’s expiration when appropriate.
Non-prescription medication or over-the-counter medication must be in the original container with label and dosage clearly visible. Non-prescription medication requires parental/guardian written authorization on the Physician/Parent Authorization Form. The School nurse will determine if the non-prescription medication is appropriate and whether a physician signature is necessary.
All medications will be stored in a designated or locked area in the school nurse office.
*Exception: Students diagnosed with chronic and/or serious health conditions e.g. asthma (requiring an inhaler), severe allergic reaction (requiring an Epi-Pen), diabetes (requiring Insulin), and/or other chronic conditions, may carry their medication on-person, if deemed appropriate by the students physician, parent and school nurse.
Self-administration will be allowed upon written authorization from the physician and parent/guardian on the Physician/Parent Authorization form. No controlled medications will be kept on-person.
The parent/legal guardian should bring controlled medications to school. Controlled medications will be kept in a designated locked area. Children transporting medication is not advised.