Medication at School

Medication Policy/Procedureas
Please stop in the Health office and ask me to help you if you need to set up medication at school. We follow these guidelines to keep your children safe but not to make it hard for you. I am happy to help with the paperwork!

Medications may be given at school when necessary. Several conditions must be met in order for medications to be given safely: 1. All medications require a physician's order and written parental permission. (Obtaining a physician order does not require an extra visit; the order may be faxed to school 452-6869.) This includes all prescription medications as well as Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin and all other over the counter medications including vitamins and supplements. 2. All medications must be in the original labeled container. Local pharmacies will provide a second labeled container at no charge. 3. An adult must bring all medications to school. 4. Medications (other than inhalers) must be administered by the School Nurse or designated staff member. 5. Medication orders/permissions are good for the current school year only. *When students go on field trips sponsored by school, physician orders and parent permission are still necessary. (Keep in mind all medications usually taken at home that will need to go on overnight field trips.) Unused Medications When use of a medication has ceased, or is no longer needed by the student, it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to retrieve unused medications from the school. Any unused medications will be disposed of by the school upon the written request of the parent/guardian or at the end of the school year. Bluffview staff will not administer expired medications.

INHALERS In 2001 the MN legislature passed a law that allows for students in public schools to carry their own inhalers that are prescription medications for asthma. BMS believes that it is in the best interest of students with asthma to move toward independent management of asthma during their school years. It is critical however, that inhaled medications be self-administered safely, carefully and accurately. BMS allows students to self-carry medication following the criteria listed below. 1. The inhaler must be properly labeled for the student (name, name of medication, dosage, time, route) 2. Written authorization from the parent permitting self-administration and possession of an inhaler. 3. Written order from the physician prescribing the medication. 4. Assessment of student's knowledge and skills to safely use and possess and inhaler at school by the school nurse. This includes keeping a written record of use at school. EPIPENS In May 2004 a new law was enacted that affects the access of students to EpiPens. The new provisions allow for the following things: 1. Students will be allowed to carry or have immediate access to their EpiPens at all times as deemed appropriate by their parents and the medical professional who prescribed the EpiPens. 2. Staff must be trained to recognize and manage anaphylaxis including to administration of EpiPens. 3. Students needing EpiPens must have an individualized health plan that designates school staff responsible for implementing the plan and for recognizing anaphylaxis and administering EpiPens. 4. Parents and prescribing medical professional must annually inform the school in writing that the pupil may possess EpiPens and/or if the student is unable to possess the EpiPens, they will provide properly labeled EpiPens to the school for the pupil and the EpiPens will be in close proximity to the student at all times. 5. Back up EpiPens are to be kept in the nurses’ office in an unlocked container.