Medication Policy

I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you the medication policy at MTHS. This is often much confusion over whether a student can carry medication on their person and “self-medicate” for acute or chronic illnesses.

Students can carry OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) medications on their person and self-medicate when needed. Examples of OTC medications are Advil for headaches, Tums or Pepto-Bismol for stomach upset, etc. Students can only carry the medication if necessary, bring in a one-day supply, and carry the medication in the ORIGINAL container. We want students to stay in class! Their name needs to be written on the outside of the container. We do NOT need a doctor’s order for this!

A student can carry prescribed medication for diagnosed medical conditions such as an inhaler for asthma, EpiPen’s for life-threatening allergic reactions, and antibiotics for infections. All medication must be in the original container with the pharmacy label attached with only a one-day supply of the medication. I need to be aware of any student with a chronic health condition who carries prescribed medication on their person.

Students who need medication, such as controlled medications (Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, etc.), administered by school staff should obtain the paperwork from the attendance office or go to the district website. The health care provider and parent must complete/sign the paperwork and once the form and medication have been received, staff can administer.

Staff does not have a supply of medication that can be given to students such as Tylenol, Tums, etc. Legally, we can ONLY administer medication to students who have written authorization from the health care provider and parent and the medication must be supplied by the parent. Only staff that has been trained by the nurse can administer medication.

Health information is communicated with teachers through Skyward and this information is viewable by parents. Please go Skyward to view the information, if any, written there and contact me with any update or new health information.

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