Medication Administration Information
Any medication to be administered during school hours must be provided by the parent.
A physician or other authorized health care provider must complete and sign the Our Lady of Victory School medication order forms for all medication. This includes over the counter medication, homeopathic medication, as well as prescription medication. A separate order form is required for each medication and a new order is required each school year. A parent signature to authorize administration of medication at school is also required.
A new medication order form is required for any change in medication dose, time of administration or route of administration.
The first dose of any new medication must be given at home.
All medication must be stored in the original container and labeled with the student’s name, date of medication order, name of medication, dosage and strength of medication, route, time and frequency of medication and the name of the prescribing health care provider. This refers to both prescription and over the counter medication.
Medication orders and medication should be delivered to the school nurse by the parent. Students are not permitted to transport and deliver medication to school.
The school nurse must review the medication order form with a parent and approve the order before the first dose of any medication can be administered at school.
All medication kept in the school will be stored in a locked area accessible only to authorized personnel. Individual consideration will be given to students whose physicians request emergency medication be kept in a child’s classroom.
Student confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible by school staff. At the discretion of the nurse, school personnel may need to be aware that a student is receiving medication in order to monitor for effectiveness, adverse reaction or because the staff member has responsibility for the student outside of the school (recess, field trip). Information will be shared on a need to know basis.
Under no circumstances may any medication be administered to a student unless the procedures for medication administration in schools, outlined by the Maryland State Board of Nursing, are followed. The school does not assume responsibility for medication administered outside this procedure.
Expired medication will not be administered. Expired medication may be picked up by a parent or discarded by the nurse.
Downloadable Health Forms