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Medication Policy

  A copy of the county medicine policy follows.  If you have a child who requires medication at school we must follow this policy closely.  Teachers are not allowed to administer or dispense any medicine at school.

  If you child complains of not feeling well at home before coming to school, check his/her temperature.  If he/she has a fever, keep them at home.  Your child should be fever free before returning to school.

  • No medication will be given without written permission from the parent or legal guardian. 
  • A doctor’s directions are required for prescription medicine. 
  • All medication must be delivered to school by an adult.


  Students will be excluded from school during the following illnesses:  acute streptococcal tonsillitis, conjunctivitis (pink eye), ringworm of the scalp, or scabies.  They may return to school only on the certificate, acknowledged telephone call, or fax of the attending physician or local health authority attesting to such recovery and non-infectiousness.  A student with chicken pox will be excluded from school until all lesions are scabbed over and dry (approximately 5-7 days).  A student infected with head lice will be excluded and readmitted when (1) accompanied by a parent or guardian, and (2) evidence of treatment is provided, and (3) hair is found to be nit free on physical inspection.


  School personnel will dispense medication to students according to the provisions stated below:

The principal or his/her designee may assist students with medicine during school hours or during authorized school events at the written request of the doctor or parent(s)/guardian(s).  All controlled substances will be delivered by the parent/guardian.  All medications will be properly labeled and in an original container.

  All medication must be taken to the school office, where it will be kept in a secured, locked location.  In the case of life threatening conditions, students may be given permission to carry and self-administer their medication with a physician’s order.

  In some rare instances, the school district, after reviewing individual situations, reserves the right to reject requests for the administration of any medication.

  Schools will comply with Section 44-53-360 of the South Carolina Code of Laws regarding prescriptions for controlled substances in Schedules H through V and Administrative Rule JGCD-R – Adopted 218100


Medications in School

1. If a student is required to take medication during   school hours, and the parent/guardian cannot be at the  school to administer the medication, only the principal or principal’s designee will administer the medication, only the principal or principal’s designee will administer the medication in compliance with the following regulations:  The parent/guardian or emergency          contact designee is requested to deliver to the          school a completed District medication form and any medication.  All medication must be in the original prescription container labeled with the following typed information:

(a)         student’s name

(b)         name of medicine      

(c)         time to be administered

(d)         dosage

(e)         strength

(f)           directions for use

(g)         approximate duration of treatment

(h)         physician’s name

(i)            date

(j)            pharmacy name, address, phone number

              If, under exceptional circumstances, the parent/guardian is unable to personally deliver the medication to the school, a note indicating the number of units of medication must be sent with the completed District Medication Form.

              Non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications in the following categories are requested to be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian and must be accompanied by the District Medication form completed by the parent/guardian, in the manufacturer’s smallest original container available.

(a)         Analgesics, i.e., Tylenol, etc.

(b)         Antihistamines, i.e., Benadryl, etc.

(c)         Antitussives, i.e., Robitussin,cough drops, etc.

(d)         Antibacterial Ointment, i.e., Bacitracin, etc.

(e)         Antacids, i.e., Tums, Gaviscon, etc.   

            These will be the ONLY over the counter         drugs administered to students, with parental permission only.  Over the counter medications other than those listed in the categories above will require a physician’s note.

2.  School personnel will do the following:     

  (a) Inform the principal or principal’s designee of the medication.

  (b) Keep a record of the receipt and administration of medication on the district form. Controlled substances will be counted upon receipt by the principal or principal’s designee and weekly thereafter by the school nurse.  Discrepancies in the number of units of medication must be reported to the school nurse and school principal who will investigate and take appropriate corrective action. The district health coordinator should be notified if drug diversion is suspected. Pursuant to the Guidelines for Administration and Security of Controlled Substance in School Settings, DHEC, 6/96, local law enforcement authorities and

   (c)     The DHEC Bureau of Drug Control should be notified if drug diversion is suspected. All discrepancies should be documented in the student’s medication record.

(d) Keep medication in a secure, locked container or cabinet accessible only to designated authorized school personnel.  When refrigeration of medication is recommended or     required, medication must be segregated from food items in a securely locked container.

(e)        Return unused medication to the parent/guardian or student at principal’s discretion unless instructed otherwise one week after termination of treatment or end of the school year. The school nurse will destroy any remaining medication. When drugs are destroyed, the school should document the disposition on the student health/medication record. Documentation should include prescription number, drug name and strength, the quantity, date of destruction, method of destruction, reason for destroying the drug, and signatures of the person performing the destruction and a witness.

3. Refilled prescription drugs must be provided in a new container, appropriately labeled.  Medication may not exceed a one (1) month supply.

4.         Any changes in administration of a current prescription medication must be accompanied by a changed District Medication Form and a new label indicating the changes.  A faxed or hard            copy of a physician’s order to change the administration of a drug may also be accepted by school personnel. These changes may be indicated on the medication label by crossing out the original and writing in new orders with an indelible pen.  Label changes must be initialed by designated individual who makes the change.

5. Students may be given permission to carry and self-administer their medications due to life threatening conditions.  Permission will be granted only after a physician’s order is received, i.e. using the District Medication Form, FAX, etc.

6. The school district retains the discretion to reject any request for administration of medicine.

7. A copy of this regulation and the policy may be provided to parent/guardian upon request for administration of medicine in the school.

8.         School personnel and employees cannot be responsible for the adequacy of prescribed medications or medical treatments recommended by physicians or related medical professionals outside the school district and, therefore, will assume no responsibility for the effects of such medications or treatments upon students. 

Adopted 07/26/76;

Revised 10/26/82,03/22/94,05/26/94,02/08/00