When possible, medications should be given by parents/guardians before or after school hours. Any medication to be given during the school day, including over the counter medication, must be accompanied by a completed Medication Permission Form.
Aiken County School District (ACSD) and its employees reserve the right to refuse to honor medication requests that are not consistent with professional standards and/or deemed unsafe for the school setting. Requests from parent/guardians for administration of herbal/alternative medicinal products, “off-label” or investigational medications will need a written order from a healthcare practitioner who is recognized by SC’s Dept of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations as authorized to prescribe medications.
Only students who have met all the requirements to self-medicate, will be allowed to keep medications on their person. All other medications will be kept at school and must be picked up by a responsible adult when the medication is discontinued, expired, or at the end of the school year. At the time the prescription is filled ask your pharmacist to prepare a separate bottle labeled for school use.
If your child will require medication on the field trip that is currently not given at school you will need to provide the medication including the required Field Trip Medical Form to the school nurse one week prior to the field trip. This will allow the nurse to train the teacher to properly assist your child with their medication.
- Medical procedures require receipt of written orders from a health care practitioner who is recognized by SC’s Dept of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation as authorized to prescribe medical procedures .
- The school nurse, in consultation with the parents, physician and student, will develop an Individualized Health Management Plan for the medical procedure
- Deliver the requested forms and/or orders along with medication in the original labeled prescription container and/or proper equipment for medical procedure to the school.
- Inform the school of any changes in the student’s health condition, medical procedure or medication.
- Update ACSD forms annually or when there is any change in the medication or medical procedure.
- Pick up any unused medication or medical supplies within one week of discontinuation or last day for students, whichever comes first, after which medications will be disposed of.
- Provide no more than a thirty (30) day supply of medication to the school.
- Be responsible for medication/equipment until it is received by principal or his/her designee.
- Safely assist students with medication or performance of medical procedure.
- Communicate with the parent any problems or issues relating to administering medication or medical procedures.
- Destroy medicine according to policy one week after discontinuance of medication or at the end of the school year, if not reclaimed by parents.
SELF MEDICATING AND/OR SELF MONITORING
Certain students with special health care needs may self-administer and or monitor provided the following requirements are met:
- The school has received completed and signed forms from the legal prescriber; parent/legal guardian, and the student.
- An Individual HealthCare Plan (IHP) has been developed by the school nurse with input from the healthcare.
Self Med Parent.pdf
Self Med Practitioner.pdf
Self Med Student.pdf