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Medication Procedures

Secondary Medication Procedures

Prescription Medications: All prescription medications will be logged in on the day received, noting name, dose, and number of pills. These will be kept in a locked cabinet in the nurses office at all times. A reminder note will sent home with the student to infor the parent of need for refill medications. Medications will not be accepted if not in their correct containers, and a parent will be called to come pick up the medication. The school health personnel will make themselves familiar with the type of medication being taken to help be prepared for any adverse reactions or problems.

ANY controlled substances:
  • Must be brought to school by the parent/guardian.
  • It MUST be in the original container, and
  • Can only be given as directed on the label.
Under NO circumstances will these medications be released to the student to take home. A responsible parent/ guardian must pick these up. (revised 1/03).

Over the counter medications: These medications must be in their original counter, and be accompanied by a note from a parent/guardian giving school personnel permission to administer. Even if the student is eight-teen years of age, if they are living at home with a parent, the parent must give written permission for the student to have medications administered at school. Only if the student eight-teen years of age and living on their own will they be allowed to write their own note for administration.

Nebulized Medications: Navarro I.S.D. has nebulizers available on the campus for student use. All nebulized medications will be treated as prescription medications, but should have a note from a parent/guardian giving directions for prn use. Saline should be provided by the parent for use. Also, mouthpieces and lines should be provided by the parent for the student use.

Asthma inhalers can be carried by the student as a result of House Bill 1688. The student must bring a written permission slip from the parent/guardian. If at anytime the student is caught abusing this privileged, the student will be required to keep the inhaler at the nurses office.

Intermediate and Elementary Medication Procedures

Medicine at School: We encourage you to send your child to school, but not if they are ill. Students running a fever, vomiting during the night, having pinkeye, or an eye infection, unexplained rash, etc. should not be sent to school. Students are not allowed back in school until they are fever-free for 24 hours. District employees will give a student prescription or non-prescription medication if the following guidelines are met:
  • All medications (prescription/non-prescription) must be delivered to school by the parent/guardian accompanied by a completed medication request form. Over the counter medications must be given as directed on the label or accompanied by a signed note from the physician. The prescription medication must be in the original prescription bottle and properly labeled (including antibiotics, eye/ear drops, etc…). Controlled substances must be delivered and picked up by parent/guardian. Examples of controlled substances include: Adderal, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Tylenol w/Codeine, Hydrocodone, etc.
  • If the substance is herbal/homeopathic or a dietary supplement, it must be delivered by the parent and will only be administered if required by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan for a student with disabilities. The school is not allowed to furnish aspirin, Tylenol, etc. You may deliver it to the nurse to give to your child by following the above requirements. Under no circumstances will medicines be given that do not meet the above requirements! If you have any health related questions, our school nurse will be available daily from 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • All medications must be picked up by the parent as well.
Asthma: A student with asthma who has written authorization from his or her parent and physician or other licensed health care provider may be permitted, at the student’s discretion, to possess and use prescribed asthma medication at school or school-related events. The student and parents should see the school nurse or principal if the student has been prescribed asthma medication for use during the school day. [For further information, see policies at FFAC.]

Pediculosis (Head Lice): Students will be screened periodically for the presence of lice and/or nits in the hair. If lice/nits are present, parents will be notified for pickup and treatment is required. Treatment includes use of shampoos, gels, and or/or mousse specifically for head lice. In addition, nit removal from the hair is required. Treatment must be completed and proper documentation be provided to school personnel before the student may return to school.

Communicable Diseases/Conditions: To protect students from contagious illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while contagious. Parents of a student with a communicable or contagious disease should phone the school nurse or principal so that other students who have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. These diseases include:

Amebiasi   Hepatitis Rubella (German measles, including Cammipylobacteriosis Impetigo congenital)
Chickenpox Infectious mononucleosis Salmonellosis (including typhoid Common cold with fever Influenza fever)
Fifth disease Measles (Rubeola) Scabies (Erythema Infectiosum)
Miningitis, Bacterial Shigellosis Gastroenteritis, Viral  
Mumps Streptococcal disease, invasive Giardiasis  
Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) Tuberculosis, Pulmonary Head Lice (Pediculosis)
Ringworm Whooping Cough (pertussis)

Bacterial Meningitis: State law requires the district to provide the following information.

WHAT IS MENINGITIS?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious. Bacterial meningitis is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential for serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms. Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have a severe headache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck stiffness or joint pains, drowsiness or confusion. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur anywhere on the body. The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.

HOW SERIOUS IS BACTERIAL MENINGITIS?
 If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery. In some cases, it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability.

HOW IS BACTERIAL MENINGITIS SPREAD?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis is as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (kissing, sharing drinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes). The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body’s immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness.

HOW CAN BACTERIAL MENINGITIS BE PREVENTED?
Do not share food, drink, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss. While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis, they are used only in special circumstances. These include when there is a disease outbreak in a community or for people traveling to a country where there is a high risk of getting the disease. In addition, a vaccine is recommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85-90%). It can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops within seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts up to five years.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOU OR A FRIEND MIGHT HAVE BACTERIAL MENINGITIS?
You should seek prompt medical attention.

WHERE CAN YOU GET MORE INFORMATION?
Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at you local or regional health department office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also call you local health department or Regional Texas Department of Health office to ask about meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the web sites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov and the Texas Department of Health, http://www.tdh.state.tx.us .