Medications should be given at home if at all possible. If it is necessary for medications to be given at school, regulations must be followed for the safety of the students.
Western Heights' Medication Policy
- The medication must be ordered/advised by a physician/dentist and permission granted for the school staff to contact the prescribing physician/dentist if necessary regarding this medication.
- All medication must be in its original container.
- Prescription medication must have a label intact with the student’s name, name of medication, dosage, and time to be given.
- Non- prescription medication must have instructions for use at school. This must include student’s name, name of medication, dosage, and time to be given. The medicine must be age and dose appropriate.
- Medications must be brought to school by the parents/guardians. The only exception to this is inhalers, epi-pens, and diabetic medications. These medications can be carried on the student as long as the Exemption Contract is filled out and signed by parent and physician.
- Non-prescription inhalers for asthma will not be given at school.
- Maintenance inhalers will not be given at school, unless specified by a physician.
- Requests from parents/guardians to increase the dosage of any medication beyond that listed on the label will not be honored without written confirmation from the physician.
- In the absence of either the written authorization from the parent/guardian, or medication in the properly labeled container, no medication will be administered. Every effort will be made to notify the parent/guardian.
- Parents/ Guardians must sign the Parent Medication Consent Form for each medication to be given at school. A new consent form must be signed each school calendar year.
- Physician signature is required for prescription medications.
- If a student is to carry or transport inhalers and/or epi-pens, a contract for exemption must be filled out and signed by parent/guardian and physician.