Parents, please bring all medication to the school nurse. Middle School students are not allowed to bring medication to school (see the last bullet point for exceptions).
- The law currently allows a school nurse to administer medication to a student only if the student's parent provides the medication and signs a medication permission form.
- We do not keep "stock" medications, such as Tylenol or Motrin, in the clinic.
- Medication must be in its original container with the medication name, dose and instructions visible on the label. Prescription medication must have a pharmacy label with the student's name, medication, dose and instructions. Prescription samples must be accompanied by a physician's note with this information.
- A school nurse cannot accept expired medications or administer medication from ziplock bags, individual dose (blister) packs or dosing syringes without the original container or packaging.
- Medication permission forms are valid for 2 weeks with a parent's signature. A physician's signature is required if the medication will be given or kept in the clinic for more than 2 weeks.
- If you are the parent of a child with a chronic medical condition (such as a food or other serious allergy with risk of anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes or seizures) who might require treatment at school, please download an Emergency Action Plan or Care Plan from the Forms page of this website for your child's physician to complete and sign. Please bring the form(s) to my office before the first day of school with all of the medications listed on the plan. Call to schedule some time to visit with me if your child is new to West Ridge or newly-diagnosed so that we can both be confident that I have all of the information I need to take good care of your child at school.
- The law permits students to carry and self-administer medication for asthma, diabetes and anaphylaxis if a parent submits a signed Authorization for Self-Carry and Administration of Asthma, Diabetes and Anaphylaxis Medication in which the parent and physician agree that the student is capable of self-administration. Note: this authorization statement is now included on the newly-revised Allergy (Anaphylaxis) Emergency Action Plan and Asthma Action Plan.
- HERBAL SUBSTANCES OR DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS provided by the parent will be given only if it is required by the Individualized Education Program or Section 504 plan of a student with disabilities. In general, pure vitamins and minerals are not considered dietary supplements.