The Derry Township School District recommends parents administer medications at home, but it realizes some children need to be medicated at school. In those instances, the following guidelines apply.
The use of medications, both prescription and nonprescription (also known as over-the-counter), must be in strict accord with School District policy. The school nurse, another licensed person delegated by the nurse, or the student’s parents, with no exceptions, must administer all medication, prescription or nonprescription.
For prescription medication, students must present to the school nurse a current written order from the licensed prescriber in advance. In some circumstances, the District will accept a verbal order by a licensed prescriber, to be followed by a written order within twenty-four (24) hours. This should include name of child, date of prescription, name of medication, dosage and route of administration, specific time or special circumstances under which the medication shall be administered, and signature of the prescriber. E-mails are not acceptable.
All prescription medicine must be in the original container and labeled with: the child's name, medication name, dosage, time and route of administration. Ask the pharmacist for a "school bottle" with a complete label and the amount of medication that will be needed at school. The child's parent must request in writing that the school district comply with the written medication order. A medication card will be sent home with the student and must be signed by the child's parent and returned to the school nurse the following day. No emails will be accepted as permission.
Nonprescription medications will be permitted to be administered by the school nurse, or as otherwise specified by a current standing order by the school physician in writing, providing a permission form from the student’s parents is on file for the current school year. Nonprescription or over-the-counter medication must be in the original, unopened bottle with a readable label.
No prescription or nonprescription medications may be in the child’s possession at any time. The School District medication policy provides specific procedures for students to follow regarding delivery to school and storage of medications, both prescription and nonprescription. Immediately on arrival to school, students must bring all prescription or nonprescription medication to the school nurse. A verification of the medication and count will be completed and documented at that time. The parent will be notified if there is a discrepancy in the medication or count.
All prescription and nonprescription medication orders expire at the end of the school year and parents are asked to pick remaining portions up. Medications, with notification of the amount remaining, may be sent home with the child at the request of the parent. Medications not picked up within one day of the end of the school year will be discarded and documented.
Click here to view the actual board policy for medication-210 Use of medications.
Click here to view the actual board policy for possession of asthma medication-210.2.