DVUSD Medication Policy

  • MEDICATION AT SCHOOL - ANY MEDICATION MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL BY AN ADULT. The following written consent must also be given:

    State laws and school district policy strictly regulate how any medications are given at school. When it is necessary for the nurse to dispense medication to a student during school hours, the following requirements must be met:

    • Physician’s Order : Prescription medication must be prescribed by your  physician or other licensed medical professional and a written  order must accompany the medication. It must include the name of the medication, dosage, time to be given, and how long to be given (if applicable). It must include the child’s name and current date. When obtaining new prescriptions, many pharmacies will issue a second labeled container for school use if you request it. If the medication is a sample given by the physician, please send a signed note from the physician telling who the medication is for, the date, and instructions for giving the medication.
    • Signed Parent Consent : There must be written permission from the parent to administer the medication to the child at school. Consent forms are available by selecting the forms tab on my website.  Consent forms are also available in the health center.
    • Original Container : The medication must be brought to the nurse in the original container. Any medication should be transported to and from the nurse’s office by the parent or an adult designated by the parent. This includes “over the counter” medications, such as Tylenol, cough syrups, antacids, etc. A signed medication consent form is needed for “over the counter” medications. The nurse’s office does not provide any medications. Other than provided by a parent, over-the-counter medications cannot legally be dispensed by anyone except a pharmacist or a physician.

    Students may not carry medication at school—not on their person, in their backpack or lunch box without prior authorization from 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.

    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 and capsules cannot come from the school nurse’s supply. The school nurse cannot legally direct anyone other than another nurse to give medications.