NEW Medication Requirement
In accordance with the Arizona School Board Association and the DVUSD Governing Board Policy JLCD, concerning administration of medication at school, there is a new requirement in order to give prescribed medications and dietary supplements in the school setting. This includes daily prescription medicines, asthma medicines, and prescribed allergy medicines (Ex:Epi-Pens, AuviQ)
Governing Board Policy JLCD Medicines/Administering Medicines to Students: "There shall be a written order from the physician stating the name of the medicine, the dosage, and the time it is to be given."
All prescription medications, in addition to the information on the ORIGINAL labeled bottle, must have a written doctor's order with student's name, how, when and how often to be administered. Most pharmacies will give you an extra "school bottle" if you ask. Forms are available in the nurse's office.
Basic Medication Information
There are no stock medications in the Health Center! If you want your child to have an OTC (over the counter) medication, you must bring it in the original container and sign a parent medication consent permission form for the nurse to adminster it at school during school hours. The nurse is only allowed to give the dosage given on the label for the age of your child. If an OTC medication states, "ask a doctor" for the dosage amount, a doctor's note will be required (Besides a parent, over the counter medications cannot legally be dispensed by anyone other than a pharmacist or physician).
If a medication states it is to be taken once or twice daily - that medication should be given at home not by the school nurse.
Medications are not kept in the nurse's office over the summer. Medications not picked up within one day of the end of the school year will be discarded.
Field Trip Medication
If a student needs medication while on a field trip, the medication must be furnished by the parent and given to the teacher prior to departure for the field trip. A signed field trip medication form must accompany the medication. The medication must be provided in the original container with only the number of doses needed for the field trip. Medications such as tablets or capsules cannot come from the school nurse's supply. The school nurse cannot legally direct anyone other than another nurse to give medications.