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:
- 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.
- Read and sign a form acknowledging the medication policy.
- Fill out a Parent Request for Medication Administration form, which includes explicit instructions for administration, emergency instructions and a signature.
- 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:
- Verify that the information on the container matches the information on the Parent Request for Medication Administration form,
- 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),
- Double-check to make sure that the medication is being given to the correct child at the prescribed time and method, and
- Wash hands before administering medication.
After administering the medication, the teacher, director or parent designee will:
- Complete the appropriate section on the Parent Request for Medication Administration form, and
- 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.