We are obligated to adhere to the policy of the Danvers Public School which states that: no medication, prescription or *over-the-counter, is to be administered unless accompanied by written authorization from both the physician and the parent(s) (for students under 18 years of age).
Required information: name of the medication, dose, time to be administered, duration of medication administration. The same information is required for all medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter.
Medication must be brought to the Nurse’s Office by a parent or another adult designated by the parent. Only the School Nurse will accept medication. Medication will be counted, when necessary, and locked in the medication cabinet.
Medication administered at school must be in a prescription bottle, with label attached or, if not prescription, in the original container. ** Medication that is not properly labeled and is unidentifiable will not be accepted.
In the case of inhaled medication for asthma, glucose monitoring and insulin injection for diabetes and Epi-Pen injection for allergic reactions: with the required physician documentation and parent consent, students may be allowed to carry equipment and medication to self-administer. Prior to self-administration, and subsequent to completion of the Self-Administration Checklist, the student must demonstrate competency in self-administration to the School Nurse and a medication plan must be in place. Ability to carry and self-administer any medication will be determined on an individual basis after the safety of the student and the school community is assessed by the School Nurse.
With the exception of emergency Epi-Pen administration (by trained faculty/staff), no one but the School Nurse, acting within the above protocol, may administer any medication to students. However, students who do not meet the criteria for self-administration may use inhalers, prescribed for the treatment of asthma, under staff supervision. Staff will log inhaler usage into health log.
If a student requires medication on a day when no nurse is available, parents will be requested to make their own arrangements for administration of their child’s medication.
* Examples of over-the-counter medications include Tylenol, Advil, Midol, and cough drops.
**Medication in plastic bags, plastic containers, etc.
SCHOOL PHYSICIAN’S STANDING ORDERS
Following the nurse’s assessment, students who demonstrate understanding of parameters of glucose levels and proficiency in self-testing for blood glucose may test in the classroom or other appropriate location. Student, parent and nurse will agree on the most appropriate manner of disposal of sharps, with regard to D.P.H. and OSHA guidelines. Manner of disposal will appear in the Individual Health Care Plan and/or Medication Administration Plan. Classroom glucose testing will require parental consent.