A school nurse is available at posted hours. These hours are typically posted on the school nurse’s office door (or are available from the director of school operations). If a student is injured, the faculty member in charge must bring him or her to the school nurse. In a medical emergency in school, the school nurse should be notified immediately.
Only the school nurse may determine if a child must go home for medical reasons. In the event that a school nurse is not present, the school must receive permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian to allow the child to go home for medical reasons.
Except as expressly permitted by the school, school employees, including faculty, are not to administer medication of any kind (including Tylenol and cough medicine) to students. Only registered nurses and doctors who have proper authorization are permitted to do so, except in the event of a true emergency. Students may not have prescription or non-prescription medication in their possession without the express written consent of the school nurse.
In the absence of a school nurse, only a principal, dean, teacher, coach, physical therapist, or occupational therapist, who is authorized and has received training in safely administering medications from a school nurse or licensed physician, may administer oral, topical, inhalant, or injectable medications. No medication (prescription or non-prescription), however, should be administered to any student without the written order of a licensed physician, licensed dentist, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant, and the written authorization of a parent or guardian.
The administration of medications as prescribed shall be recorded on an Individual Student Medication Form. As each form is completed, the school nurse will file it in the student’s cumulative health record.