Dorchester District Two requires that the parents of all students who need medication during school hours must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Parent/legal guardian must complete and submit a Dorchester School District Two Medication Permission Form for each medication to be taken or stored at school. This form requires both the signature of the physician and the parent/legal guardian. Official forms are available on the Dorchester School District Two web page under “Parents & Community” on the Nursing & Health Services page under “Health Forms”.
- Medication must be brought to school by the parent/guardian or other responsible adult and delivered directly to the school nurse or principal’s designee. Medications will not be accepted if sent in with students or delivered to unauthorized school employees. A supply of no more than 30 days should be provided.
- Medications must be provided to the school in their original container with all labeling from the pharmacy, and if applicable, the manufacturer, intact and legible. Each medication must be labeled with the student’s name.
- Each medication contained must include only the medication listed on the pharmacy label and the medication must match the pharmacist’s physical description of the medication on the label.
- The first dose of any new medication should always be taken at home to allow the parent/guardian to monitor for side effects.
- Parents are reminded that aspirin, cough medicine, vitamins, cough drops, all over-the-counter products, will not be given at school without a medication permission request form completed by a legal prescriber and in a properly labeled prescription container by a registered pharmacist as prescribed by law.
- Herbals, food supplements, alternative medicinal products, and other items that do not have FDA approval will not be given at school without a medication permission request form completed by a legal prescriber and in a properly labeled prescription container by a registered pharmacist as prescribed by law.
- Students will not share any prescription or over the counter medication with another student. Violations may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to suspension or expulsion.
- All medicine not registered with the school nurse will be in direct violation of district policy and dealt with accordingly.
- Parents are also reminded that school personnel will dispose of medication not claimed at the end of the school year.
- All medications will be handled in accordance with the above guidelines through the school nurse or principal’s designee.
Additional treatments such as tube feedings and respiratory care also require documentation from a physician/legal prescriber and parent or guardian.