Medication Administration Procedures
If under exceptional circumstances it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, health room staff or trained designee will administer the medication(s) in compliance with Missouri State Law and Belton School District Medication Administration protocol as outlined below:
Definitions- The following are considered medications: prescription medication, non-prescription school-owned medication, non-prescription non-school-owned medication. Vitamin supplements, herbal medications or any non-FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved medications/supplements will not be administered.
Health room personnel may administer school-owned non-prescription medications to a student at any grade level provided the student’s parent/legal guardian has given written consent. Faxed copies of consent that are dated and signed by a student’s parent/legal guardian will be accepted. Verbal phone consent by a parent/legal guardian will not be accepted.
All non-school-owned medication, prescription, and non-prescription must be accompanied by an authorized Medication Consent Form completed by the parent/legal guardian.
- Prescription medication must be brought in the current original labeled pharmacy container listing the prescribing doctor’s name, the name, address and phone number of the filling pharmacy and the prescription number. The medication name, dose, and times to be administered must also be provided on the prescription label. Parents/guardians are encouraged to administer prescription medications themselves when possible. Controlled substances must be counted by the parent with health room personnel present as a witness and the controlled substance count sheet signed by both parties. Pills that have to be cut must be done so by the parent.
- Non-prescription non-school-owned medication must be brought in an unopened original container. This will be administered per manufacturer guidelines outlined on the label.
Medication must be brought to the Health Room and picked up by a parent/legal guardian. Students are not allowed to carry medication on their person or secure in lockers, backpacks, or lunch boxes. All unused, discontinued, and/or outdated medication not picked up by a parent/legal guardian at the end of the school year will be destroyed.
Students in grades K-6 are required to leave their inhalers in the health room. However, student’s grades 7-12 may carry a prescription inhaler on their person provided Permission for Students to Self-Administer Inhaler Form is completed by both the physician and parent/legal guardian. This form can be obtained from the health room at your child’s school. The student is responsible for the safekeeping of the inhaler and its proper use. Failure to comply will result in loss of the privilege to carry the inhaler, which will then be kept in the Health Room for use under health room personnel supervision. Any student carrying an inhaler must demonstrate to health room personnel:
- Proper use of the inhaler.
- Knowledge of the reason for administration of the medication.
- Knowledge of frequency and dose of administration.
- Students carrying their inhalers need to have a backup in the health room.
The first dose of any medication will not be given by the school nurse. It must be given at home under the supervision of the parent/legal guardian.
No medication will be given within one hour of school dismissal unless the student is involved in a school-sponsored after-school activity or there is a written Authorized Prescriber/Primary Care Provider order to administer.
Medication will not be administered in amounts exceeding the recommended daily dosage listed in recognized medical or pharmaceutical texts.
Non-prescription medications will only be given once per day. If frequent requests occur, a parent/legal guardian will be notified.
All medications are kept in the Health Room in a locked cabinet or refrigerator.
Use of cough drops or throat lozenges will not be allowed for elementary students grade K-6. Children of this age have a much smaller airway and the risk of aspiration or choking is much greater. Student’s grades 7-12 may carry and use a non-prescription cough drop so long as they do not abuse their use or give them to other students. Students grades 7-12 may bring and use parent/legal guardian supplied cough drops without a signed medication authorization form.
Narcotic pain medication will not be administered at school. The side effects of these medications will inhibit children from learning effectively in the classroom. For this reason, it is recommended that students who are currently taking narcotic pain medication at home do not attend school until over-the-counter medication sufficiently controls their pain.
Any questions should be directed to the Health Room at your child’s school.