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Medication in Schools

Bulloch County Schools acknowledges that some students may require medication during the school day.  School system personnel will administer medications in accordance with law and system procedures.  Whenever possible, parents and guardians are encouraged to administer their child’s medications before and after school hours. Appropriate forms will be sent home the first day of school.

A. Parent and Guardian Authorization and Consent

Parent and guardian consent is required for each medication (prescription and non-prescription) to be administered to a student.

  1. Regardless of whether prescription or non-prescription, the parent or guardian must complete an “Authorization of Medication Administration” form for each medication.  A new Authorization of Medication Administration form must be completed for any change in dosage of existing medication.
  2. Medication will be administered according to prescription pharmacy label unless the prescribing physician has submitted a written change order to the school nurse.
  3. Non-prescription medications will be administered according to labeling directions on the original container.
  4. New Authorization of Medication Administration forms must be completed each school year even if the medications remain the same.  

B. Delivery of Medication to School

Prescription medication must be delivered to the school in its original container with the original pharmacy label containing the student’s name, date, name of the medication, dosage, and expiration date.  (Medications arriving in baggies, envelopes, or other types of packaging will not be accepted.)  A signed physician’s statement or order is required in addition to the parent’s/guardian’s signature.

Non-prescription medication must be delivered to the school in its original container with manufacturer’s directions clearly visible.  (Medication arriving in baggies, envelopes, or other types of packaging will NOT be accepted.)

It is recommended that the parent guardian obtain a second container or bottle of medication from the pharmacy (one for home and one labeled for school) as medication will not be sent home with students.

C. Physician’s Order Requirement

A signed physician’s order is required for the administration of prescription medication to a student.

Because aspirin and aspirin-containing products have been linked to Reye’s Syndrome, aspirin and other salicylates (Pepto-Bismol, Excedrin, Alka-Seltzer, etc.) will not be administered to students without a written order from a physician and permission from the parent/guardian.

A physician’s order will be required for non-prescription medication to be administered more than twice a day OR for more than three consecutive days.

Allergy shots will not be given at school. Alternative medications such as vitamins, minerals, herbs or dietary supplements will not be administered by school personnel unless prescribed by a physician.

D. Self-Administration of Asthma Medication/Epi-Pen

A student with a diagnosis of asthma or a severe allergic reaction is permitted by Georgia law to possess and self-administer inhaled asthma medication or an Epi-Pen during the school day, at school sponsored activities, or while on the school bus or other school property after physician and parent/guardian approval.  The parent or guardian of the student, the student, and the prescribing physician must complete the Authorization for Student to Carry a Prescription Inhaler or Epi-Pen form and return it to the school nurse. As a precaution, it is a good idea to also supply the school nurse with this medication.

Permission for self-administration of asthma inhalers or Epi-Pens is effective for one school year and must be renewed yearly. Inhalers must be marked in permanent ink with the student’s name.  Epi-Pens must contain the pharmacy label and directions for the student.

E. Disposal of Medications

The responsibility of the parent or guardian is to pick up their child’s medication (prescription and non-prescription) by the end of the school year.  For safety reasons, medications will not be sent home with students.  A written reminder will be sent home with students that have medication at school.  If medication has not been picked up by the last day of school, the school nurse will dispose of and document the disposal of the medications.

F. Self-Administration of Non-Prescription Medication

Middle and High School students may carry and self-administer non-prescription medications (Tylenol, Advil, Ibuprofen, etc.) if the student’s parent/guardian has granted consent/authorization in writing and the medications are in the original container.  This consent/authorization must be renewed yearly and forms may be obtained from the school nurse.

G. Caution about Drugs

Students, parents, and guardians should be aware that the sale, transfer (to include giving away, or making available in any manner), possession, or use of any drugs or medications except as outlined above is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.

H. Specialized Health Procedures

A physicians’ order and parent/guardian consent is required for specialized health procedures (catherizations, tube feedings, ostomy care, etc.).  The parent/guardian is responsible for furnishing all equipment, supplies, medications, formulas, or other items necessary for the administration of the procedure and to provide replacements and maintenance as necessary. Please contact Kathy Wood, Lead Nurse at 912-212-8573 or the school nurse at your student’s school with any questions you may have concerning health services for students.

I.  Students with Diabetes

An individualized health 504 plan will be developed for each student in coordination with the treating physician and the needs of the student.