Medication at School
Acetaminophen (generic Tylenol), Ibuprofen (generic Advil/Motrin), Calcium Antacid (generic TUMS), Diphenhydramine HCl (generic Benadryl), Anbesol, throat spray, and lozenges may be dispensed in the health room at the discretion of the School Nurse. A parent/guardian must give permission annually in order for these medications to be administered. Benadryl is to be administered only in an emergency.All medication, both prescription and non-prescription, that is sent into school must have a physician's written order with it, in order for the school nurse to dispense the medication. All medications must be brought directly to the nurse's office. (Specific guidelines for the possession and use of an asthma inhaler and epinephrine auto-injectors may be found in the GVSD handbooks and in School Board policy. All prescription and non-prescription medications must be stored in their original containers in a locked cabinet in the health office. Parent and physician requests for medication administration (both prescription and non-prescription) must be renewed each school year. Every effort should be made to give all doses of medication at home. If parents are unable to secure a written or faxed prescription from their physician, they may come to school to administer medication to their child. Please read the guidelines below specific to prescription and non-prescription medications. Please read the guidelines below.
- Must be accompanied by a physician's signed, written instructions in order for the school nurse to dispense;
- Must also be accompanied by written consent from the parent on an "Authorization to Give Medication at School" form;
- Must be sent in the original, clearly labeled container that shows an expiration date. Medication will not be given if it is removed from its original container;
- Medication authorization forms must be submitted every school year and for any change in medication.
Only emergency medications will be permitted to go on class trips.