Medication Administration at Vega ISD
Medication is encouraged to be given at home when at all possible. However, there are instances when doses may be necessary during the school day. In those cases, medication may be given when the following conditions are met:
1. The district has received a written request to administer the medication from the parent, legal guardian, or other person having legal control of the student. Preferrred method- Medication Consent Form (see link on this page or request from the school nurse office)
2. When administering prescription medication, the medication is administered either:
- From a container that appears to be the original container and to be properly labeled (original pharmacy label); or
- From a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by a registered nurse or another qualified district employee, as determined by district policy, from a container that appears to be the original container and to be properly labeled. Ziplock bags or loose mediation will not be accepted.
3. Prescription drugs to be taken at school for more than 15 days require the following:
- Dr order including the student’s name, the name of the medication, the time it is to be given, the date and Dr Signature.
- Must be provided in the original container from the pharmacy with the label in place for that child.
- We will not be able to administer any medication prescribed for someone other than the child.
- Signed Medication Consent form on file (completely filled out).
4. Non-prescription medication to be taken on an as needed basis – may be kept at the school for the entire school year and administered on an as needed basis if the following conditions are met:
- Medication is in the original container (box or bottle). NO ZIPLOCK BAGS OR LOOSE MEDICATION.
- Signed and completed Medication Consent form on file.
- It will be necessary to provide a new bottle of medication and consent form each school year. All medication will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian by the end of the school year, or it will be discarded.
- The school will not administer any aspirin containing medications to students due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome. This includes such medications as Excedrin, Pepto Bismol, and Alka Seltzer, as they contain aspirin. If your child requires that an aspirin-containing medication be administered, then a Dr. order must accompany it.
5. In accordance with Board of Nurse Examiners Rule, 22 Texas Administrative Code 217.11, the school nurse has the responsibility and authority to refuse to administer medications that in her judgment may be harmful to the student (for example, herbal medications, aspirin containing medications, dosage exceeds recommended level, medication is not age appropriate for the child, ingredients that may be harmful, etc).
6. A student with asthma or anaphylaxis may possess and self-administer prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medicine while on school property or at a school-related event or activity if:
- The medicine has been prescribed for that student as indicated by the prescription label on the medicine;
- The student has demonstrated to the student’s physician or other licensed health-care provider and the school nurse, if available, the skill level necessary to self-administer the prescription medication, including the use of any device required to administer the medication;
- The self-administration is done in compliance with the prescription or written instructions from the student’s physician or other licensed health-care provider; and
- A parent of the student provides to the school:
- Written authorization, signed by the parent, for the student to self-administer the prescription medicine while on school property or at a school-related event or activity; and
- A written statement, signed by the student’s physician or other licensed health-care provider, that states:
- That the student has asthma or anaphylaxis and is capable of self-administering the medicine;
- The name and purpose of the medicine;
- The prescribed dosage for the medicine;
- The times at which or circumstances under which the medicine may be administered; and
- The period for which the medicine is prescribed.
The physician’s statement must be kept on file in the school nurse’s office.