CUSD Medication Policy
It is the belief of the Board of Education that medication should be administered at home. However, under certain conditions, it is in the best educational and health interests of the child to take prescribed medications during the school day.
We are asking for your cooperation regarding giving medication in the schools. Because of the responsibility placed upon the staff for giving the correct medications, we ask that you comply with the following guidelines:
- The prescription medication must be prescribed by your child's physician/licensed prescriber and the written order signed by the prescriber returned to school before that medication will be given by school personnel. Medications to be given two and three times a day are not administered at school unless specifically ordered by the doctor to be given during the school day. Medications to be given four times a day can be given at school.
- A new written order form must be presented for any changes of any medication.
- A parent or guardian must sign parental permission on the physician's order sheet.
- The medication is to be brought to school by the parent or other responsible adult in a properly labeled container from the pharmacy. You may want the pharmacist to label two containers: one for the school and one to keep at home. Medications will not be sent home with students.
- The student is responsible for coming to the health office or to the designated person to take the medication.
All medications must be brought in by the parents directly to a school official. Acetaminophen (non-aspirin) is stocked by the health office. All medications must be in the original containers with all warnings and directions intact. No medication in envelopes, foil or baggies will be administered. Medications will not be sent home with a student.
In order to minimize the possibility of an accidental drug overdose, non-prescription medications will not be dispensed during the first and last hours of the school day. If a child participates in after school sports or other after school activity, the parent will be called before administering the medication.
Non-prescription medicines, including aspirin substitutes, will be dispensed by health office personnel to students who have written permission from a parent or guardian to receive medication at school, as needed, for a maximum of three consecutive days. To ensure that use of this medication is not masking symptoms of a serious condition in the student, a doctor's order must be submitted to the school health office for administration beyond this three-day period. In order to minimize the possibility of a drug overdose, non-prescribed medications will not be dispensed during the first and last hours of the school day.
We would appreciate it if you would please pick up your child's medication on the last day of school. Any medication that is not picked up will be discarded within three (3) days at the end of the school year.
A new order form is required for each school year.