Medication Policy

Medication Policy

(DASD School Board Policy # 210 and 210.1)

  • Dallastown Area School District Board Policy #210 is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of each child, as well as to closely regulate medication being dispensed during school hours. You may access the Dallastown Area School District website at any time to view the complete medication policy.
  • Whenever possible, parents/ guardians are requested to administer medication at home.
  • All medication shall be brought to the nurse’s office, or the main office if the nurse is unavailable, by the parent/ guardian or by another adult designated by the parent/ guardian. All medication must be stored in the original pharmacy-labeled container.
  • All medications (prescription and non-prescription) that are to be dispensed during school hours must be accompanied by a written authorization signed by the licensed provider and parents/ guardians. All medication orders must be renewed on an annual basis.
  • Medications and drugs not handled according to the procedures above will be confiscated.
  • Students carrying or storing unauthorized drugs or medicines of any sort will be addressed according to the student code of conduct.
  • Any student needing to use an asthma inhaler and/or epinephrine auto-injector while at school is required to have a form completed by both a parent and his/her licensed provider.
    • For students self-carrying inhalers and epinephrine, the student must also meet with the certified school nurse to complete a demonstration of proper use and technique, as well as be signed off for having this demonstration completed, prior to being permitted to do so.
    • The student must report self-use of the inhaler and epinephrine to the nurse.
    • The school is not responsible for students not administering their inhaler/ epinephrine properly.
    • If abused or ignored, the self-carry privilege may be revoked.
  • Medications, preparations or products not approved by the FDA, such as herbals, teas, homeopathic medication, vitamins, dietary supplements or medications from other countries will not be administered.
  • Students are permitted to self-carry and self-apply FDA approved sunscreen with appropriate documentation on file in the nurse’s office.
  • This policy indicates that it is law to notify parents/ guardians of their right to opt-out of emergency epinephrine use. An opt-out form is available for this purpose.

Medication Return: A licensed provider notification of medication discontinuation is requested when a medication no longer needs to be administered at school.  Medications may be picked up by a parent/guardian or their adult designee.  Medication cannot be sent home with a student or held over the summer months.   A notification letter will be issued to parents/ guardians upon the end of the school year to indicate when to pick up medication. Any medication not sent home by the deadline will be properly discarded.

FOR PARENTS/ GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS ATTENDING DE, LH, OV, LS, YT, AND DAIS:  THE SCHOOL NURSE MAY ADMINISTER TYLENOL OR IBUPROFEN ACCORDING TO OUR SCHOOL PHYSICIAN’S STANDING ORDERS ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS, ACCORDING TO WEIGHT-BASED DOSING, AND WITH GUARDIAN PERMISSION PRIOR TO EACH DOSING.

FOR PARENTS/ GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS ATTENDING DMS AND DAHS: THE SCHOOL NURSE MAY ADMINISTER TYLENOL, IBUPROFEN, OR MYLANTA ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS AND ACCORDING TO OUR SCHOOL PHYSICIAN’S STANDING ORDERS. IF YOU PREFER THAT YOUR CHILD DOES NOT RECEIVE ANY OR ALL OF THESE MEDICATIONS, YOU SHOULD SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL NURSE. UPON RECEIPT OF SUCH A REQUEST, THE DISTRICT WILL TAKE ALL REASONABLE EFFORTS TO COMPLY. THE REQUEST WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN OTHERWISE INFORMED IN WRITING.

Naloxone (DASD School Board Policy # 823)

  • The school district administration shall take reasonable steps to notify students and their parents/ guardians of this policy once each school year. Such notification shall encourage students to immediately report suspected drug overdoses to school officials to ensure medical assistance can be immediately provided. > 

Cough Drops

Students may bring cough drops to school with a parent/guardian note, giving permission for the child to use the cough drops at school:

  •  Cough Drops for K-6th students:  Students are asked to bring the cough drops and note to the nurse, so that the cough drops, and note can be stored in the health office.  When students feel that they need a cough drop, they should report to the nurse.  The nurse will administer up to three cough drops a day; additionally, cough drops will not be given if the student is going to lunch, recess or gym class.  Students may come back after completing lunch, recess or gym to obtain a cough drop.  Unused cough drops will be returned to students at the end of each school year.  Elementary nurses are not able to administer cough drops to students without a personal supply.
  • Cough Drops for 7-12th students: Students are encouraged to bring cough drops from home.  Students are asked to bring the cough drops and parent note to the nurse for the nurse to sign.  Students should keep the cough drops and note on their persons.  The middle and high school nurses may administer cough drops to students according to the Standing Orders for School Nurses. Up to three cough drops will be administered during the school day and cough drops will be administered no more than three consecutive days.
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