Radnor Township School District School Board Policy No. 210 - Use of Medications complies with the guidelines set forth by the Department of Health, which governs medication administration in the school setting.
The district's school physician authorizes the administration of Tylenol (Acetaminophen), Ibuprofen and Tums. Written parental consent is also required and can be provided through the Back-to-School Parent/Guardian Portal. The parents of elementary students will be notified by the school nurse prior to administering these medications. The school physician also authorizes the use of Benadryl and Epinephrine for life-threatening situations.
If a parent requests that their child receive other medication during the school day (over-the-counter or prescription), he or she must provide the school nurse with a medication permission use form from a licensed prescriber and written consent from the parent/guardian.
Other guidelines which must be followed for school administration include:
- Parent or guardian must deliver medication to school
- Medication must be in the original container with the students name, dose, frequency and time of administration.
- Medication that is not in the original container is not acceptable and will not be given by the nurse.
- No more than a 30-day supply of any one medication can be kept at school
- If a parent is unable to obtain a physicians order, he or she may come to school and administer the medication to their child
- All medication orders must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year
- Unused medication will be returned to parents at the end of the school year. Medication that is not picked up will be discarded
- School law was amended to allow students to carry and self-administer asthmatic inhalers and epi-pens.
The school must receive parental consent and an order from a licensed prescriber that includes a statement that it is necessary for the student to carry the medication and that the student is capable of self-administration. The student must also demonstrate to the school nurse the ability to self-administer the medication and notify the nurse immediately after use.