GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOL MEDICATION POLICY

A Reminder from the Nurse:  Illnesses are beginning to creep up in our area. Please remind your child to cover their cough, wash their hands frequently (especially after using the bathroom or blowing their nose), and get your flu shots soon! Per district policy:

·         If your child has a fever (100.4 or higher), they should not come to school. They must be fever free for 24 hours without medication to return to school.

·         If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, they should not attend school. They should be diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. They should also be able to eat 1-2 meals without vomiting before coming back to school.

·         If you follow these policies, this should help prevent the spread of these illnesses.

·         If your child has a sore throat or headache, please make sure they bring a water bottle with them to school. Students are not allowed to carry cough drops. A parent permission form must be filled out and cough drops have to be stored in the health room. These forms can be found on the RCMS website under the Parents menu – Notes from the Nurse. It is a non-prescription medication form. This same form may be filled out for ibuprofen or acetaminophen for your child, if needed. Please be sure that the medication is age specific. For example, an 11 year old may not take adult strength ibuprofen, unless you have the physician fill out a prescription form for the medication. This form can also be found on the Notes from the Nurse web page. All medications/cough drops must be in a small NEW, UNOPENED bottle/bag when brought in. Parents must bring medications in to the office. If you have any questions, please call 864-452-0307 to speak to Nurse Brown.

Tdap Immunization Required for Rising Seventh Graders-  Tdap is a booster vaccine that protects your child from three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (also called pertussis).  Parents are reminded that rising seventh graders must have the Tdap vaccination or they must submit an objector's statement to their child's school for students to attend school prior to the first day of school.

Parents must provide their child's school with documentation of the Tdap immunization, a religious exemption or a medical exemption.  Parents are encouraged to submit documentation as soon as possible.  If documentation is not provided before the first day of school, the student will not be allowed to start school. 

State Law began the requirement for the Tdap vaccination beginning with the 2013-14 school year.   If parents have any questions, please contact our school nurse at 864-452-0307.

Prescription Medication:

1.  All PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS must have written physician and parent/guardian signatures on Prescription Medication Form.  (FORM MED 1 HERE)

2.  Medication must be in the original container, and have PHARMACY LABEL, with correct administration instructions.

3. Students are not allowed to deliver/carry medication to school.

4.  Expired medication will not be accepted.

5.  Parent/Guardian is responsible for knowing the expiration date of any medication brought to school, and replacing the medication before the expiration date.  Nurses will not administer expired medications.

6.  If the student will be carrying EMERGENCY medication (inhaler, EPI PEN) the Authorization for Self-Administration form must be completed and signed by MD and parent/guardian. (FORM MED 2 HERE)  Student agreement to self-administer form (FORM HERE)

7.  Anaphylaxis Medication Authorization (FORM MED 6 HERE)


FREE EPI PEN INFORMATION:
http://www.epipen.com/

http://www.auvi-q.com/   (this is an Epi Pen that gives verbal instructions) 

Over the Counter Medication:

1.  Parent/Guardian must complete NON PRESCRIPTION medication form. (FORM MED 3 HERE)

2.  Medication must be in original container.

3.  Students are not allowed to deliver/carry medication to school.

4.  Medication will be administered per label instructions.  Over the counter medications may not exceed label directions.

5.  Expired medication will not be accepted.

6.  Parent/Guardian is responsible for knowing the expiration date of any medication brought to school, and replacing the medication before the expiration date.  Nurses will not administer expired medications.

7.  No medication containing aspirin will be administered.  

Also, due to changes in South Carolina policies governing the administration of prescription medication, we will no longer have a 10 day grace period before written physician authorization is required for all prescription medications.


 

All Health Services procedures, guidelines and these forms are also available at this LINK listed under Medical Forms.

Click HERE for a Teen and Preteen Vaccine Checklist.

 

For further details see Health Room Policy and Procedures on Greenville County School Website.  

All forms are available on RCMS and GCS district website.