Medicine at School
All medications (prescription and nonprescription) brought to the school must be taken to the school nurse for dispensing. Students may not be in possession of any prescription or nonprescription drug on school grounds during school hours. The following procedures must be met in order for medication to be administered at school:
- All medication (prescription and over‐the‐counter) must be provided by a parent or legal guardian. If it is a controlled substance, the medication will be counted upon its arrival in the health clinic.
- A parent or legal guardian must complete a Van ISD Medication Administration Request form for all medications. Parents or legal guardians may get the forms from the school office or the SHAC, Health & Wellness website - here.
- Each prescription must be in the original prescription bottle with a prescription label bearing the student’s name, the name of the medication, and instructions for giving the medication. Pharmacies can supply two (2) labeled bottles for this purpose. An extra bottle is required if medication is to be administered on a field trip.
- Non‐prescription medicine must be in the original container labeled with the student’s name, the name of the medication, and instructions for giving the medication.
- Sample prescription and alternative medicine must be labeled with the student’s name and accompanied by a signed Texas Board Certified physician order, with a patient information sheet listing its ingredients, actions, and side effects.
- Dietary supplements and other nutritional aids not approved as medication by the FDA may not be dispensed by school personnel. Provided, however, herbal substances or dietary supplements may be administered in accordance with Board policy FFAC (LOCAL) if provided by the parent and only if required by the individualized education program or Section 504 plan of a student with disabilities.
- All medication will be placed in a locked cabinet in the health clinic; an exception may be made for asthma inhalers (see #8 below).
- Students may carry and use asthma inhalers if they complete the District’s Asthma Inhaler Form.
- The District can assume no responsibility for loss or negligent behavior when students carry conventional or alternative medication or dietary supplements without the knowledge of the campus health service personnel. Noncompliance may be subject to disciplinary action.
- Any unused medication will be destroyed two weeks after last dosage. Medication will not be sent home with a student. It must be picked up by a parent or legal guardian at the school health clinic. Board Policy FFAC (LEGAL/LOCAL)