ADMINISTERING MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
All medication should be given outside of school hours if possible. Only medication which enables a student to stay in school may be brought to school. School nurses and other school employees designated by the campus principal will administer the medication. All medications must be brought to the nurse by a parent or guardian. Medications will be kept by the nurse, locked in the clinic. Students are not to carry medications with them.
- Medications must be in the original container and properly labeled for the student.
- Medication will not be administered without a specific written request signed by the parent/guardian. A written order from the treating physician may be requested by the school nurse.
- Medication must be age appropriate for the students.
- Different medications may not be mixed in one bottle.
- It is the parent’s responsibility to monitor the amount of medication brought to school and to re-supply the medication when it is low or depleted if the student is to continue taking it at school.
- Treatments must be requested in writing by the parent. The parent may be asked to demonstrate the procedure and written instructions from the treating physician may be requested.
- Failure to comply with medication guidelines may result in disciplinary action for the student.
- Tomball ISD employees reserve the right to refuse administration of medications or treatments if it conflicts with our professional judgment.
Medications that can be given before or after school hours should be given at home. Should your health care provider feel that your student needs the medication during school hours; the medication will be given only after receiving written request from your health care provider.
- Must be a current prescription, in a labeled bottle for the student and has not expired in strength.
- Must be prescribed by a physician/dentist who is licensed to practice in the U.S. All prescription must be filled in the U.S. and must be FDA approved.
- Sample prescription medications may be given only if the container is labeled for content, specific dosage directions and specific time/s to be administered. A note of instruction signed by the physician is required.
- Over-the-counter (OTC) medication must be of U.S. origin and FDA approved.
- Medication must be in original container and labeled for that student and not expired in strength.
Dietary and Herbal Supplements
TISD nurses/employees will administer dietary or herbal supplements only if it is required by the student’s individualized education program or Section 504 plan. A physician’s note of instruction is required. Otherwise, parents may go to their child’s school to administer these supplements if they feel it is necessary for the student during the school day.
Student Self-administered Medications
Only medications for possible life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and severe allergies may be carried by the responsible student at school. This requires appropriate documentation and a permission form signed by the treating physician, the parent/guardian, and the student. The student must be capable of administering his/her own medication or treatment at school and at school-related activities according to the purpose, appropriate method, and frequency of the medication or treatment. The student also must understand that intentional misuse of any medication or medical equipment that could cause harm to another person will result in disciplinary action.
Presently, these medications include
- Insulin and diabetes medical equipment
- Asthma Inhalers
- Epinephrine Auto-Injectors for severe allergies
Please see the TISD Handbook & Student Code of Conduct for full information on administering medications at school.