Use of Medication

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The Joint Operating Committee and Administration shall not be responsible for diagnosis and treatment of student illness. The  administration of prescribed medication in accordance with the direction of a parent or family physician to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of the student; or the student would not be able to attend school if the medicine were not made available during school hours. communications of students.

For purposes of this policy, medication shall include all medicines (any patent drug, aspirin, and cough medication) prescribed by a physician, certified nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant.

Authority Non-prescribed oral medication, including aspirin or other over-the-counter medications, will not be made available to students by school personnel.

Prescribed medication should be taken at home.  If necessary, by the doctor's order, Title 22 designated school personnel may administer a medicinal preparation, which is accompanied by a physician's order and the parent's written permission.

The physician's orders shall specify, in writing, the name of the drug, the dosage, the administration directive (such as three (3) times per day, and the duration of the order.

All prescribed medication must be brought to school in the original prescription bottle with proper druggist labeling of medication name, dosage, administration direction, and pharmacy identification.  Unlabeled medication will not be given at school and will be held for the parent at dismissal.
If a parent wishes an over-the-counter medication to be given at school it must be accompanied by a physician's order and parent permission slip.
All medication taken by students for any reason must be registered and self-administered in the Health Science Technology teacher's office.

Student Self-Administration:
To self-administer medication, the student must be able to:

  • 1. Respond to and visually recognize his/her name.
  • 2. Identify his/her medication.
  • 3. Measure, pour and administer the prescribed dosage.
  • 4. Sign his/her medication sheet to acknowledge having taken the medication.
  • 5. Demonstrate a cooperative attitude in all aspects of self-administration.

The Administration shall develop procedures for the self-administration of students' medication.
Inappropriate use to self or others will result in the student being in violation of the Discipline Code at a Level III infraction.

References:
School Code - 24 P.S. Sec 510, 1402
State Board of Education Regulations - 22 PA Code Sec 12.41