Medication Policy


To assure the school attendance for the student who must use medication in the treatment of acute and/or chronic disabilities or illnesses.

The policy for the Harlan Community Schools has been developed by the local, state, and national Departments of Health, and related professional associations. Medications shall not be administered unless the following guidelines are followed:

A. In acute or chronic illnesses, prescription medication shall be labeled by the pharmacists detailing the name of drug, dosage, name of student and time interval medication is to be given. All local pharmacies will provide a second bottle for school time doses free of charge.
B. Written permission must always be given from the parent or guardian of the student allowing school personnel to
administer the medication at the proper time. Forms to be signed are provided.
C. Medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by pharmacy or physician. Non-prescription medication should be labeled with the student's name, dosage, and time it is to be given during school-time hours.
D. Record of administration. Each time medicine is administered, a record shall be maintained to include the pupil's name, date, time and signature of the person administering the medication.
E. Security. Each school or facility shall .designate the specific locked- and limited access space within each building to store pupil medication.
F. All medication left at the end of the school year will be returned to the student or parent.

School time medications will be those that are prescribed, by the physician and are to be given:

1. Every 4 hours or 4 times a day ­

2. Every 6 hours

3. Every 1 or 2 hours

4. PRN orders or as needed for some chronic illnesses

5. Medications that are prescribed to be given three times daily can be given at home unless ­
times have been specifically ordered by the physician, i.e.-8 AM, 4 PM & 8PM or later.

The Board of Nursing has determined that the Code of Iowa and Iowa Administrative Code do NOT forbid administration of over-the-counter medications by a registered nurse. However:

A. The registered nurse may determine the use of an over-the-counter drug and may follow the parent's direction to give such a medication. She may also refuse to give such a medication stating the reasons in writing to the parent. Example: not properly labeled, dosage is different than stated on container, and/or no validated adverse reaction or side-effects documented.
B. Over-the-counter medications must be labeled with .the date, name, dosage, and time to be given.
C. Over-the-counter medications such as non-aspirin pain relievers will be administered from school stock supply upon written permission of the parent/guardian.
D. The school nurse upon consultation with the building principal will reserve the right to refuse administration of any medication not property labeled or written permission has not been granted by the parent. She also reserves the right to question authenticity of any medication brought within the school.
E. In each building in which a full-time registered nurse is assigned, access to medication locked in a designated space shall be under the authority of the registered nurse.
F. In each building in which a less than full-time registered nurse is assigned, access to the medication shall be under the authority of the principal in consultation with the registered nurse.