Administration of Medication

Dear Parents/Guardians,            

If your child needs a medication on a regular basis while in school please note that the Minnewaska Area School District has specific guidelines for use of medications while in school. Students are not supposed to have medications in their lockers, bags, pockets, backpacks, purses, & etc., unless they have a medical condition (i.e.: asthma, seizures, severe allergies, diabetes) that requires this. To self-carry medications a physician’s order and parental consent is needed and the proper paperwork must be on file in the school health/nurse’s office prior to use.

This has to be done each school year.  Medication orders & consents do not carry over from year to year.  

All medications are to be supplied and dropped off by a parent/guardian.  Written consents must be in place prior to administration.  If the proper paperwork is not in place, the medication will not be given at school until the proper orders and consents are received.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain the proper consent from the physician or primary care provider.

If your student takes a prescription medication, a physician’s order & a parent/guardian signature is needed before it will be given.  Please use the Minnewaska School Medication Permission Form. Clinic forms are allowed but they must have the required physician/primary care provider signature and parent/guardian signature.  Medication forms with other school names on them are not allowed.  Prescription medications must remain in the original bottle/container labeled by the pharmacy.  Pharmacies will provide extra bottles/containers for at school when requested.  Prescription meds will not be given if they are past the expiration date.

If your student takes an over-the-counter medication, a medication permission slip must be signed & dated by a parent/guardian.  Please make sure to include student’s name, grade, & instructions (dose, time, & why it is to be given). A hand written note is fine as long as a parent/guardian signs and dates it.  Medication must be in the original bottle/container with its label attached.  There may be times a physician’s order is also required for an over-the-counter medication.  Over-the-counter medications will not be given if they are past the expiration date.

If a student takes a medication for asthma, seizures, diabetes, or severe allergic reactions/anaphylaxis/epi-pen an individual student treatment and health plan will be required.  These need to be written up, reviewed, signed, & dated by a physician & parent/guardian.  This has to be done every school year as health plans do not carry over from year to year.  Additional health plan forms: 
Asthma Action Plan
Seizure Action Plan
Diabetes Management Plan
Allergic Reaction/Anaphylaxis/Epi-pen Plan

If any medication remains at the end of the school year, you will be sent a notice when it is time to pick it up at the end of the school year.  Any medicines not picked up within the time frame given will be discarded and disposed of.

The school does not carry stock medications. Frequently used over-the-counter medications & supplies that should be provided by parent/guardian: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, pain medications, allergy medications, cold & cough medications, cough drops, Tums or antacids, tampons/pads, eye drops, contact solution, & etc.

Please let your student know that medications of any kind are not to be shared with classmates or friends.  Disciplinary action can occur if this happens.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding medications or your child’s health while in school. It is our goal to keep your student healthy and learning while in school! (320) 239-1316

Sincerely, Marla Miller, RN, BSN, PHN, Licensed School Nurse, Minnewaska Area School District             

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