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STUDENTS WHO HAVE MEDICATION AT SCHOOL:
ADHD medication must be picked up by a parent. All remaining medication will be sent home with students the last week of school.
Incoming 7th graders for next school year: Required immunizations: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough) booster and Meningococcal. Letters were sent out in April for those 6th graders still needing to show proof of having these vaccines. Over the summer you may send in proof of vaccine by email or fax.
All prescription medications that are to be given at school next year must have a doctor’s order dated AFTER May 1st, 2019. This policy is unchanged from years past.
Download the Medical Authorization form and the Authorization form for Self-Administration of Emergency Asthma/Allergy Medication at: https://www.olatheschools.org/domain/1227.
Thank you all for the donations this year to the health room! It is greatly appreciated.
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Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
Middle School and High School Medication Policy:
The middle school and high school medication policy varies slightly from the elementary school policy and encourages increased responsibility.
- All prescribed medications should be brought to the school nurse’s attention.
- Many medications prescribed for attention deficit disorder and emotional problems, including depression, are controlled substances. Controlled substances require an annual doctor’s note and parent’s authorization and must dispensed from the health room under the supervision of the school nurse. (download Medication Authorization Form in PDF format — English or Spanish) The physician/dentist signature may be on this form or be received by the school on another form including a fax from the physician/dentist office. The doctor's note should not be dated earlier than May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable.
- Students in sixth through 12th grades with diagnosis of asthma or severe allergies may carry and self-administer emergency medication. Kansas law states that this self-administration policy require written parent and physician signature specifying the name and purpose of medication, prescribed dosage, conditions under which the medication is to be self-administered and verification that the student has been instructed in self-administration, etc. (download the Authorization Form for Self – Administration of Emergency Asthma/Allergy Medication in PDF format — English or Spanish)
- Antibiotics and other non-controlled prescription medications can be carried and self-administered by the student at the nurse's discretion. Medication must be in the original prescription bottle.
- Over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough drops, etc.) may be carried and self-administered by students without written parent and/or physician signature. A limited supply of over-the-counter medications is available from the health room. Parents provide permission during online enrollment for the school nurse to administer over-the-counter medications.
- In addition, these general rules apply:
- All medication is to be carried in its original container.
- At no time should a student give medication to another student.
- The principal may revoke the self-medication privilege of any student found to be in violation of the policy.
- The carrying of permissible medication by a student is a privilege. Students and parents need to be aware that it is an Olathe Student Code of Conduct violation (Class III, #7) to distribute or attempt to sell prescribed medications or over-the-counter medications.
- It is also an Olathe Student Code of Conduct violation (Class IV, #2) to possess or distribute a controlled substance (see item 2 above) such as Ritalin or other ADD/ADHD medication, narcotics, anti-depressants, psychotic medications, etc. These need to be administered by the school nurse with a doctor's note.
Over the counter medications
Middle school students may carry over the counter medications, such as non-prescription pain relievers, cold or allergy medicine with the following stipulations.
- Medications are to be kept in a student’s locker, and not carried with them throughout the school day.
- Only a one day’s supply in possession.
- Must be in the original, marked container.
- Never distributed to another student
If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Bennett at 780-7210.
Ms. Bennett - School Nurse
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