Medications

  • MEDICATIONS

    If your child will be receiving any medications at home or in school, have your child go to the health office for a medication information sheet.  According to the Old Bridge Policy on administration of medication the term medication “means any prescription drug or prescribed over-the-counter medicine or nutritional supplement and includes, but is not limited to, aspirin, cough drops, allergy medicine, etc. Medications that will be in the health office for the entire school year (such as inhalers/epinephrine auto-injectors/glucagon) should NOT EXPIRE during the school year.

     

    • For any prescription medications to be given in school the school policy states that the following must be done:
      • the parent/guardian must transport the medication to and from school;
      • all prescription medication must have the pharmacy label with the child’s name, the name of the medication and the proper dosage and be kept in its original prescription box/bottle (including asthma inhalers); and
      • a note from the parent/guardian should be included with the medication informing the nurse what time the medication should be given.

      

    • For any over-the-counter medications to be given in school (including cough drops, eye drops, cough medicine, etc.) the school policy states that the following must be done:
      • the parent/guardian must transport the medication to and from school;
      • a Medication Authorization Form completed by the doctor must be obtained stating the name of the medication, the purpose of the medication, the proper dosage and how often it should be given; and
      • a note from the parent/guardian should be included with the medication informing the nurse what time the medication should be given.

     

    Currently, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be given to your child at school with your signed permission on the proper form for only certain conditions. If you wish your child to have Tylenol in school, have your child go to the school nurse and obtain the proper form.  This form must be filled out each school year.  The school physician has stated that 1 Tylenol tablet (325mg) or a maximum of 2 tablets (650mg) can be given only for headaches, orthodontic problems (braces), and/or dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual period).  Students with any other problems will not be given Tylenol without a completed Medication Authorization Form.  It should be noted that children with a headache from a head injury cannot be given Tylenol, children with multiple problems including a headache will not be given Tylenol, or children with a fever of 100 or above will not be given Tylenol. Inform your child that Tylenol will not be given during the first or last hour of the school day.  If you prefer that chewable tablets or liquid Tylenol be given to your child then you must provide a closed box. Students are allowed to receive Tylenol only twice a month.

                           

    Only the nurse or parent/guardian can give any medication in school or on school sponsored trips. If your child may be taking daily medication in school please fill out a medication trip form and check the appropriate choice.  If your child’s mediation can be omitted for class trips, have the doctor fill out a note stating the medication can be omitted on class trips for the entire school year.  Students who attend any trips that do NOT have a nurse present will not be allowed to take any mediation with them.  The only exception to this rule is asthma inhalers and/or epinephrine auto-injectors, when the following instructions are followed.

     

    Students with possible life threatening reactions MAY be allowed to carry their asthma inhalers and/or epinephrine auto-injectors (Public Law 1993, Chapter 308) in school, on the bus, during school sponsored trips and during after school activities if all of the following are done:

     

    • return to the school nurse the completed self-administer medication form.  The forms must be filled out completely by the physician and the parent/guardian each school year;
    • the properly labeled prescription medication must be brought to the health office and checked by the school nurse;
    • all asthmatics will need to have a number of peak flow levels recorded in the health office to discover their normal baseline level; and
    • all students who have prescriptions for asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors and have received clearance from the school nurse for self-administration will be allowed to self-administer their medication during an emergency situation.

     

    Since the school policy requires that the nurse document all incidences of self administration medication, the student who self administers his/her medication during an emergency situation must then immediately report to the school nurse, if this occurs during school hours, so that the student’s condition can be monitored.  If the medication is given after school hours then the student must report to the adult in charge of the activity and it will be that adult’s responsibility to report to the school nurse the time the medication was taken.  Students who need to take their asthma inhalers at a particular time of day and are not experiencing a crisis need to report to the health office and take their inhalers in the presence of the school nurse.

     

    If your child is staying after school for an activity and they are unable to self-administer their inhaler, or have diastat or are a diabetic, you must advise the nurse's office the previous day, so that arrangements can be made to have a nurse present.