In-School Medical Help
Meeting Your Child's In-School Medical Needs
If your child has a specific health need that requires medical assistance during the school day (i.e., diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergies, seizures), he/she may need an Individual Health Plan. The information in the plan, which is shared with the appropriate school personnel, outlines the action to be taken if medical help is needed.
Medications taken at school, whether prescribed by a doctor or over-the-counter, must be accompanied by a Medication Permission Form that is signed by a parent (and the doctor for prescription medications). To protect our students, all medication is stored in the School Health Office. The exceptions are Epi-pens and inhalers (for ages 12 or older) as authorized by a doctor, school nurse, and parent.
All medication must come to school in a pharmacy-labeled bottle or the original container. Most pharmacies, when asked, will provide an extra container to be kept at school.
The prescription label for the school must include:
- Student's name
- Medication name and dosage
- Time of day to be given
- Doctor's name
Medications designated to be given three times/day can be given outside the regular school day, such as before school, after school, and before bed.
Asthma, Allergic Reactions, Diabetes, and Seizures
The following information helps guide assistance to students with asthma:
- Asthma Action Plan
- Asthma Parent/Guardian Questionnaire
- How a Child Might Describe an Allergic Reaction
The Anaphylaxis Action Plan helps direct emergency actions when a student has a serious allergic reaction and needs an EPINEPHRINE (EPI) treatment.
Similarly, the Diabetes Type 1 School Communication and Treatment Authorization Form outlines the blood glucose monitoring practices and insulin dosages a student is to use during the school day.
The Youth Seizure Action Plan outlines seizure information; treatment protocol; basic first aid, care, and comfort; and other important considerations needed for helping a student who is having a seizure.