Students in secondary schools, in LISD, are permitted to carry their prescription and over-the-counter medications with them as long as it is not a controlled substance. Examples of controlled substances would be Ritalin or Adderall. If you are not sure whether a medication that has been prescribed for your child is a controlled substance, consult your Pharmacist. Refrigeration will be available in the health room for any medication when necessary. In order for a student to carry his or her own medication the following conditions must be met:
- The medication must be in the original container and, in the case of prescription medication; the bottle must have the pharmacy label including the student’s name and accurate dosing instructions. Note: Each medication must have its own container. Over-the-counter medications such as Advil or Tylenol must be in the bottle that you purchased it in. Do not place several medications in one container.
- The student must carry with them written permission from their parent or guardian to take the medication. Included, must be instructions on how and when to take the medication. For example: Mary Smith has permission to take two Tylenol every four hours as needed during school
- The student must register the note with the nurse on the day of the initial dose at school.
- You must instruct your child that it is against the school district policy to share their medications with their classmates at school.
- Any medication must be surrendered to a school official when requested.
- The school nurse does not dispense over-the-counter medications.
- In usual circumstances, sub-q, intramuscular, and intravenous medications will be given by the school nurse. Any exceptions will require written permission from the parent/guardian and physician. In order for the student to self- carry an inhaler or epi-pen, the parent/guardian must complete a specific form. Please ask your nurse for details.
If the medication must be kept in the health office the following requirements must be met:
- The school nurse must receive a written request from a parent or legal guardian to administer medication. Parents must give written permission for the student to transport medication to and from school.
- The medication must be in the original container and properly labeled. The medications must be listed by the Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective for humans.
- Medications kept in the health office for more than 5 days must also have written authorization and dispensing orders from the prescribing physician.
- In general, medication administration should be scheduled during non-school hours. Only those doses prescribed during the school day will be given. Medications with once a day dosing should be administered at home.
- Employees authorized by the Superintendent or designee may administer medications to students.
- Medications left in the Health Room at the end of a school year will be destroyed if attempts to return them to the parent or guardian have been unsuccessful.