Please keep the following guidelines in mind when bringing medications:
- Medication will not be accepted without the required physician/parent authorization.
- All medication must be in the original prescription or over-the-counter container.
- Medication brought to the clinic in containers such as, but not limited to, plastic wrap or bags, foil, jars, paper towels, envelopes, etc. will NOT be administered.
- ALL medications shall be delivered to and kept in the school clinic. Medications may not be kept in the classroom or administered by a teacher in the classroom.
Prescription Medications: All prescription medications will be logged in on the day received, noting name, dose, and number of pills. These will be kept in a locked cabinet in the nurse's office at all times. A reminder note will sent home with the student to inform the parent of need for refill medications. Medications will not be accepted if not in their correct containers, and a parent will be called to come to pick up the medication. The school health personnel will make themselves familiar with the type of medication being taken to help be prepared for any adverse reactions or problems.
ANY controlled substances:
- Must be brought to school by the parent/guardian.
- It MUST be in the original container, and
- Can only be given as directed on the label.
Under NO circumstances will these medications be released to the student to take home. A responsible parent/ guardian must pick these up.
Over the counter medications: These medications must be in their original counter, and be accompanied by a note from a parent/guardian giving school personnel permission to administer. Even if the student is eight-teen years of age, if they are living at home with a parent, the parent must give written permission for the student to have medications administered at school. Only if the student eight-teen years of age and living on their own will they be allowed to write their own note for administration.
Medicine at School: We encourage you to send your child to school, but not if they are ill. Students running a fever, vomiting during the night, having pinkeye, or an eye infection, unexplained rash, etc. should not be sent to school. Students are not allowed back in school until they are fever-free for 24 hours. District employees will give a student prescription or non-prescription medication if the following guidelines are met:
- All medications (prescription/non-prescription) must be delivered to school by the parent/guardian accompanied by a completed medication request form. Over the counter medications must be given as directed on the label or accompanied by a signed note from the physician. The prescription medication must be in the original prescription bottle and properly labeled (including antibiotics, eye/ear drops, etc…). Controlled substances must be delivered and picked up by parent/guardian. Examples of controlled substances include: Adderal, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Tylenol w/Codeine, Hydrocodone, etc.
- If the substance is herbal/homeopathic or a dietary supplement, it must be delivered by the parent and will only be administered if required by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan for a student with disabilities. The school is not allowed to furnish aspirin, Tylenol, etc. You may deliver it to the nurse to give to your child by following the above requirements. Under no circumstances will medicines be given that do not meet the above requirements! If you have any health related questions, our school nurse will be available daily from 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- All medications must be picked up by the parent as well.
Asthma: A student with asthma who has written authorization from his or her parent and physician or other licensed health care provider may be permitted, at the student’s discretion, to possess and use prescribed asthma medication at school or school-related events. The student and parents should see the school nurse or principal if the student has been prescribed asthma medication for use during the school day. [For further information, see policies at FFAC.]
Asthma Inhalers and Epi-Pen Use: Asthma inhalers can be carried by the student as a result of House Bill 1688. According to Texas Education Code Chapter 38, Section 38.015, students are permitted to possess and self-administer prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medicine. The student must demonstrate to the student’s physician or healthcare provider, and the school nurse if available, that they demonstrate the skills necessary to self-administer the medication. The physician and parents must sign an authorization form indicating consent to self-administer and specific information that provides details outlining whether the student has asthma or anaphylaxis, and the purpose, dosage, frequency, and duration of the medication to be self-administered. The student and parents should see the school nurse or principal if the student has been prescribed asthma medication for use during the school day. [For further information, see policies at FFAC.]
Nebulized Medications: Navarro I.S.D. has nebulizers available on each campus for student use. Nebulizer medication is a prescribed medication that requires a label on the medication along with a physician note and care plan with a physician signature and parent signature. All nebulized medications require directions from physician on use, to include time, frequency, amount and duration of use.