Medication Policy

We can administer prescription drugs with your explicit authorization, according to these procedures:

  • Teachers have responsibility for seeing that the medication policy is carried out.
  • A safe place in each room, out of reach of children, is to be designated “medications storage.”
  • A teacher, director, or designee will personally administer medication. The teacher or parent designee will ask a director to administer medication in their absence.
Parents are required to follow this procedure:

  1. Bring only the exact dose we are to give in the original container or medication must be measured out in front of a teacher, a director or parent designee. Travel bottles are available from the pharmacist.
  2. Read and sign a form acknowledging the medication policy.
  3. Fill out a Parent Request for Medication Administration form, which includes explicit instructions for administration, emergency instructions and a signature.
  4. Give the container to the teacher or designee who is responsible for seeing that the medication policy is followed.
Before administering medication, a teacher, a director or parent designee will:

  1. Verify that the information on the container matches the information on the Parent Request for Medication Administration form,
  2. Verify that the prescription is for the intended child (It is against the law to give a prescription medication to someone other than the intended patient. Never put any medications in children’s lunches or cubbies),
  3. Double-check to make sure that the medication is being given to the correct child at the prescribed time and method, and
  4. Wash hands before administering medication.
After administering the medication, the teacher, director or parent designee will:

  1. Complete the appropriate section on the Parent Request for Medication Administration form, and
  2. Wash hands.

In the event of an adverse reaction to the medication, the teacher notifies a director immediately for assistance in following the parent’s emergency instructions.