SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109
Susquehanna Township School District recognizes the problems associated with the misuse of drugs and concerns with product tampering and school liability. Therefore, any medication brought to or consumed at school by students is considered a serious matter. This policy is designed to protect students and to allow provisions for medical care while attending classes. It covers non-prescription as well as prescription drugs.
It is recognized that many children are able to attend regular education schools because of the effectiveness of medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities. Our medication policy is as follows:
1. Students requiring medication during the school day must present to the Certified School Nurse (CSN) a written order form the attending physician, which includes the diagnosis, name of medication, dosage, when it is to be administered at school, method or route of administration, the length of time for school use and Doctor’s name and telephone number. Physician’s written note and directions on prescription bottle must match exactly. A yearly update is required. Medication will not be transferred from one bottle to another by medical staff.
2. Medication must be brought to school in the prescription bottle with the label intact. We recommend that you ask the pharmacist for a “school bottle” with a complete label each time a prescription is filled.
If the parent cannot come to school, the parent should call the principal or nurse to inform the school that the child is bringing in the medication. All medication must be turned into the nurse’s office immediately upon arrival at school.
3. In the case of non-prescription drugs, the physician’s written statement must accompany an unopened container of the drug of the same name as written on the physician’s statement. Name of medication and doctor’s note for school must match exactly. Please check expiration date. A yearly update is required.
4. Medication will be administered by the school nurse or an RN or LPN assistant or in their absence a trained designee will administer medication.
5. The Nurse’s office is not responsible for distribution of medication to students after the normal school dismissal time.
6. Students may not carry medications for self-administration on school district property unless a physician’s note is presented to the nurse, which states, “may carry or self administer”. A yearly update is required.
7. Medications will not be sent home from school with students. Parents or guardian must be responsible to pick up medications from school at the end of school year when a drug or dose change occurs, and if a drug is discontinued during the school year.
8. If the school district medication policy is not followed, the student will not be given medication at school. This medication policy will continue to be strictly enforced. If there are any questions regarding this policy, please call the school nurse.
Approved by the School Board – January 8, 1990
Revised March 24, 2003