Administering Medicines to Students
Greensville County Public School personnel may give medication to children only with a physician’s written order and signed request from parent or guardian. Such medicine must be in the original container and delivered to school office personnel.
Greensville County Public School personnel may give nonprescription medication to students only with the written permission from the parent or guardian. Such permission shall include the name of the medication, the required dosage of the medication, and the time the medicine is to be given. Such medicine must be in the original container. In order for nonprescription medication to be given to a student for more than five days, written permission from the child’s physician shall be required.
Self-Administration of Medication
Self-administration of any medication with the exception of asthma medication as discussed below, is prohibited for students in grades kindergarten through eight.
Students in grades nine through twelve may be allowed to possess and self- administer non-prescription medicine if: written parental permission for self-administration of specific non-prescription medication is on file with the school; the non-prescription medication is in the original container and appropriately labeled with the manufacturer’s directions; the student’s name is affixed to the container; and the student possesses only the amount of non-prescription medicine needed for one school day/activity.
Sharing, borrowing, distributing, manufacturing or selling any medication is prohibited. Permission to self-administer non-prescription medication may be revoked if the student violates this policy and the student may be subject to disciplinary action including possible suspension.
Self-Administration of Asthma Medication
Students with a diagnosis of asthma or anaphylaxis are permitted to possess and self-administer inhaled asthma medications or auto-injectable epinephrine in accordance with this policy during the school day, at school-sponsored activities, or while on a bus or other school property. In order for a student to possess and self- administer asthma medication or auto-injectable epinephrine, the following conditions must be met: a) written parental consent that the student may self-administer inhaled asthma medications or auto-injectable epinephrine must be on file with the school; b) written notice from the student’s primary health care provider must be on file with the school, indicating the identity of the student, stating the diagnosis of asthma or anaphylaxis and approving self-administration of inhaled asthma medications or auto-injectable epinephrine that have been prescribed for the student, specifying the name and dosage of the medication, the frequency in which it is to be administered and the circumstances which may warrant its use, and attesting to the student’s demonstrated ability to safely and effectively self-administer the medication; c) an individualized health care plan must be prepared, including emergency procedures for any life-threatening conditions; d) information regarding the health condition of the student may be disclosed to the School Board employees in accordance with state and federal law governing the disclosure of information contained in student scholastic records.
Permission granted to a student to possess and self-administer asthma med-ications or auto-injectable epinephrine will be effective for a period of 365 calendar days, and must be renewed annually. A student’s right to possess and self- administer inhaled asthma medication or auto-injectable epinephrine may be limited or revoked after appropriate school personnel consult with the student’s parents.