Medications In School
In order for medications to be administered to a student correctly and safely the following guidelines have been established by New York State.
A completed Authorization to Medication Administration In School must be provided before we can administer any prescribed or over the counter medication to your child. Please note that if an authorization form is not available to you, the Health Office will accept a written, signed parental authorization and a standard prescription provided by your health care provider. Medication will not be administered to your child without parental and physician written authorization. This guideline includes the administration of prescribed and over the counter medication. Over the counter medication includes Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, medicated cough drops, ointments, creams, eye and ear drops, cough syrups, etc. Parental permission for certain OTC meds can be obtained by filling out, signing and returning the following form. PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO REVIEW THE FORM AND CHECK FOR POSSIBLE ALLERGIC REACTIONS BEFORE GRANTING PERMISSION FOR MEDS TO BE ADMINISTERD TO YOU CHILD. OTCMEDFORM
Medication must be brought to the Health Office by a parent/guardian in the original container, or an appropriately labeled container supplied by the pharmacist. Please request an extra, labeled empty container from the pharmacist for the Health Office use. An extra container is very helpful for use during classroom field trips. Parents must assume responsibility for the safe delivery of medication. Your child’s medication will then be kept in the Health Office and administered according to your physician’s orders.
Students who are ten years of age or older and use prescribed inhaled medication may be determined by your physician to be responsible to self-administer an inhaler. Permission forms are available from the Health Office upon request. In this case we would not monitor your child’s inhaler use, unless your child experiences difficulty and requires medical assistance.
The Health Office requires written authorization from the parent/guardian and the physician to discontinue use of a prescribed medication. A parent may call the school to notify the Health Office of discontinuation, but written notice from both parent and physician should follow within 48 hours. A parent may call the school to notify the Health Office of discontinuation, but written notice from both parent and physician should follow within 48 hours.
Please feel free to contact the Health Offices at 518-692-9542 with any questions:
- Primary Nurse, Ellen Kent at extension 1010
- Middle Grade Nurse, Lisa D’Acchille at extension 1020
- High School Nurse, Karen Strope at extension 1030
Thank you for helping us to provide a healthy school environment for us all.