Lake County School personnel are trained to dispense medication during school hours. Schools provide this service when the physician orders a medication and feels it must be given during school hours. However, there are state guidelines that govern medication procedures in school.
WHEN POSSIBLE MEDICATION SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS.
Please be aware of the following medication regulations:
1) Medication must be transported to and from school by the parent/guardian, never by the student.
2) A parent or guardian must sign a consent form before school personnel can give any child medication (prescription or non-prescription).
3) Prescription medications must have a prescription label attached as it comes from the pharmacy with a current date (a current date would be within 30-90 days). The label should have the dosage (amount to be given), reason it is to be give and complete directions or instructions. The label must not be modified and should be easy to read.
4) The first dose of ANY medication should be given at home, due to possible allergic reaction.
5) School personnel cannot dispense medication for a fever. If a student has a temperature of 100 or above they must be sent home. Lake County Schools does not give students aspirin without a doctor’s order, due to the danger of Reyes Disease.
6) Throat sprays for sore throats of any kind are not permitted unless ordered by a doctor and the doctor writes the child is not contagious and is permitted to return to school. If a child requires a throat spray to reduce pain there may be a serious underlying cause and medical intervention is highly recommended.
7) Prescription antibiotics to be given three times a day can be given at home unless the doctor specified the medication must be given during school hours. This does require a note from the doctor.
8) Over the counter medications are limited to 72 consecutive hours, once in the school year unless ordered by the physician for a longer period of time.
9) Asthma inhalers may be carried by a student only if the doctor writes the student has been trained to use the medication properly, is responsible for the medication, the parent and doctor have filled out the written consent form. It is always advisable to have the student report to the teacher when they have used the inhaler so they can be sent to the clinic to be evaluated by Nurse Erin. This alerts the teacher and Nurse Erin that your child is experiencing respiratory difficulty and needs to be observed.