Medical Information and Medication
Parents should make the school aware of any health problems of their child(ren). This may be accomplished through a conference with the school nurse and supporting documentation.
The following medication policies have been developed to address the administration of medication (both prescription and over-the-counter) to students during regular school hours, at school-sponsored events, and at after-school events.
Labeling / Identification
Prescription medication shall be sent to school in the original pharmacy container labeled with the following information:
● Name of Student
● Name and address of the pharmacy dispensing the medication
● Name of the health care provider prescribing the medication
● Date the prescription is dispensed
● Name of the medication, either brand or generic
● Strength of the medication
● Route of the medication (typically oral)
● Frequency of administration
● Instructions for use.
● Insufficiently specific instructions (i.e. ‘use as directed’) will not be accepted for administration.
Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medication:
● OTC Medication shall be sent to the school in the manufacturer’s original container
● The manufacturer’s label must include:
● Name of medication, either brand or generic
● Strength of the medication
● Instructions for use
● Name of the student, legibly written, on the container
● The original container must be stored in the school clinic
● Medication sent to school in an unlabeled container will not be administered
Transportation of Medication
● Controlled substances may not be transported to school or returned home by U.S. Mail.
● A parent, guardian, or designated adult is responsible for transporting medication to and from school in the original container and completing appropriate School forms. Including but not
limited to prescription medication information and the quantity of the drug deposited with Swift School.
● School employees and/or bus drivers will not assume responsibility for transporting medication except during school sponsored activities, such as field trips.
All medications will be stored in a locked cabinet in the School clinic, with access limited to authorized School personnel at all times.
Medication Administration During the School Day:
Written permission by a parent/guardian is required to be on file with the school clinic in order for school personnel to administer prescription medication to a student. Such authorization is required for each prescription medication to be administered. Parent will authorize permission through RenWeb(FACTS) for school personnel to administer over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, aspirin, and cough drops. Changes in prescription medication, including medicine name, dose, and time require updated signed permission forms.
NOTE: It is suggested that parents have their pharmacy make a separate bottle for dispensation at school. The bottle must be issued by the pharmacy and contain all of the necessary information outlined above. Further, the parent should count out the amount of medication required for a month’s worth of dosages.