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Medicine

·         When possible, medications should be given by parents/guardians before or after school hours.  If a student is required to take medication during school hours, and the parent/guardian cannot be at the school to administer, only the principal’s designee will administer the medication in compliance with the following regulations.

·         **NEW POLICY**South Carolina law now requires school nurses to have a completed district medication permission form AND a written medical order from a health care provider in order to administer ANY medication to students. This includes Prescription and Over-the-Counter medicines.

 

·          No Medication will be administered without a completed “School Health Services Permission for Medication” District Medication form.  The parent/guardian or emergency contact designee is required to deliver a completed “School Health Services Permission for Medication” form and any medication to the school.

 

·         All medications will require a written medical order from a health care practitioner: 

· Prescribed medications

· Over the counter medications

· Herbal/alternative medicinal products

· Experimental medications

· Medications being used off-label (including over the counter medications to be given in dosages or for reasons that are not consistent with the medication label or package insert).

 

·         In order for a child to be given medicine at school, there are two options that you may use:

(1) The child’s health care practitioner may send a copy of the prescription or a written statement from the health care practitioner that provides the child’s name, name of the drug, the dose, and the approximate time it is to be taken along with a parent/guardian completed “School Health Services Permission for Medication” form; OR

(2) the child’s health care practitioner and the parent or guardian should complete and sign the Aiken County School District’s “School Health Services Permission for Medication” form. The District’s “School Health Services Permission for Medication” form is enclosed for your convenience.  Additional forms can be found at the school website.

 

·         All pharmacy filled medication must be in the original prescription container labeled with the following typed information:

a. student’s name

b. name of medicine

c. time to be administered

d. dosage

e. strength

f. directions for use

g. approximate duration

h. physician’s name

i. date

j. pharmacy name, address, phone number

 

·         Non-prescriptive (Over-the-Counter) medications in the following categories should be delivered to the school by the parent/legal guardian in the manufacture’s smallest original container available and must be accompanied by a completed Aiken County School District’s “School Health Services Permission for Medication” form.  This form must be completed by the parent/guardian and health care provider.

a. Analgesics i.e. Tylenol etc.

b. Antihistamines i.e. Benadryl etc.

c. Antitussives i.e. Robitussin, cough drops etc.

d. Antibacterial Ointments i.e. Bacitracin etc.

e. Antacids i.e. Tums, Gaviscon etc.

 

·          School personnel will do the following:

a. Inform the principal or principal’s designee of the medication.

b. Keep a record of the receipt and administration of medication on the district form.

c. Keep medication in a secure, locked container.

d. Returned unused medication to the parent/guardian or student at principal’s discretion unless instructed otherwise.

 

·         Refilled prescription drugs must be provided in a new container, appropriately labeled. Medication may not exceed a one month supply.

 

·         Any changes in administration of a current prescription medication must be accompanied by a changed District Medication form, updated written orders from the doctor.

 

·          Students may be given permission to carry and self-administer their medications due to life threatening conditions. Permission will be granted only after a physician’s order is received and mandated procedures are complete.

 

·          The school district retains the discretion to reject any request for administration of medicine.

 

·          A copy of the regulation and the policy may be provided to parent/guardian upon request for administration of medication in the schools.

 

·         School personnel and employees cannot be responsible for the adequacy of prescribed medications or medical treatments recommended by physicians or related medical professionals and/or supplied by pharmacists or other sources outside the school district and therefore, will assume no responsibility for the effects of such medications or treatments upon students.

Revised 2/8/00 JGCD-R Medicines

School District of Aiken County Administrative Rule