The Whitehall City School District recognizes that some students require medication at school for chronic illness management, such as ADHD, diabetes, allergies and asthma. While allowing these medications to be kept at school, there are some guidelines and policies that must be adhered to. Please review the listed requirements below.
- All medications require an order from a prescribing physician. The district has forms that may be used, or a doctor can provide his or her own. All orders must give the students name, medication name, the dosage, the time, the route and any adverse effects. In addition, all medication orders must be signed by a parent or guardian, giving the school consent to administer. Please contact your students nurse for a copy of the form. Forms can also be printed out on the Health Services section of the WCS website, under the parent tab. All medications require a new order every year. If forms are not filled out completely or properly, the district will not administer the medication.
- All medications must be kept and locked in the school clinic, with the exception of some emergency medications with doctor authorization. Students are not permitted to carry any medications, whether prescription or non-prescription (including cough drops, ointments, ibuprofen and Tylenol). If a medication is found on a student, it will be confiscated and the parent will be contacted to come pick it up. Students that have authorization to carry emergency medications, may have that right revoked at any time as deemed by the nurse for failure to properly store, use and maintain the medication.
- Students are not permitted to transport medications back and forth from home to school. Parents, guardians or a person that is on the school contact list are the only people that are allowed to drop off and pickup. Please do not send medications to school with your student, as it may be lost or stolen, and the school will not be held responsible.
- Medications must be picked at the end of the school year, or they will be properly disposed of.
- All medications must be delivered and stored in the original bottle. If you desire a separate bottle for home and school, contact your pharmacy and they will dispense a second bottle.
The Whitehall City School District aims to maintain a safe environment for all students, and by following these requirements for medication usage at school, it ensures that medications are being handled properly. Please contact your students nurse directly with any questions.