Medical Administration Policy

The Everett Public Schools is and will continue to be in full compliance with Chapter 71, Section 54B of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

1. No person shall administer or cause to be administered to a pupil in any public school in the Commonwealth any psychotropic drug included on a list to be established by the Department of Public Health unless the school has obtained certification by the Commissioner of Public Health or his designee about the medical need of the pupil. Administration of duly approved medication shall be carried out only by a registered nurse or licensed physician. No person shall administer psychotropic drugs to such a pupil for the purpose of clinical research. The Department of Public Health shall make rules and regulations setting forth the list of psychotropic drugs and procedures for certification.
2. All other prescription and non-prescription drugs must be administered by the parent or guardian or the parent/guardian’s designee. No employee of the Everett Public Schools shall dispense any drugs.
3. Pupils in the Everett Public Schools may use an inhaler (for asthmatic problems) under the supervision of the school Principal or his/her designee.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS means any medication that by federal law may be obtained only by prescription.

LICENSED PRESCRIBER means a health care provider who is legally authorized to prescribe medication pursuant to M.G.L. c. 94C and applicable federal laws and regulations.

1. SHORT TERM MEDICATIONS (TEN [10] SCHOOL DAYS OR LESS)

a. A parent/guardian consent form must be completed.

b. A pharmacy-labeled container may be used instead of a licensed prescriber’s

order.

c. Pharmacy-labeled containers must have on their label:

1. Student’s name

2. Name of licensed prescriber

3. Name of medication

4. Route and dosage of medication

5. Frequency and time of medication administration

6. Date of the order and discontinuation date

d. If the nurse has a question, she may request a licensed prescriber’s order.

 

2. LONG TERM MEDICATIONS (MORE THAN 10 [10] SCHOOL DAYS)

 

a. A parent/guardian consent form must be completed.

b. A medication order from a licensed prescriber shall be provided and contain:

1. Student’s name

2. Name and signature of the licensed prescriber and business and

emergency phone number

3. Name of the medication

4. Route and dosage of administration

5. Frequency and time of medication administration

6. Date of the order and discontinuation date

7. Diagnosis and any other medical condition(s) requiring medication, if not a violation of confidentiality
8. Specific directions for administration

c. All prescription medications must be brought to school in a pharmacy labeled container with the student’s name, medication to be administered, dosage prescribed, and frequency of medication.

3. MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION PLAN

a. The school nurse, in collaboration with the parent or guardian, whenever possible, shall establish a medication administration plan for each student receiving medication.

4. HANDLING, STORAGE, AND DISPOSAL OF MEDICATIONS

a. A PARENT/GUARDIAN OR DESIGNATED RESPONSIBLE ADULT SHALL DELIVER ALL MEDICATION TO BE ADMINISTERED BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL TO THE SCHOOL NURSE. MEDICATION SHOULD NOT BE SENT TO SCHOOL WITH A STUDENT!
b. The school nurse shall document the quantity of medication delivered.
c. Parent/guardian may retrieve the medication from the school at any time.
d. No more than (30) thirty school days’ supply of a medication for a student shall be stored at the school.
e. When and where possible, all unused, discontinued, or outdated medications shall be returned to the parent/guardian. Medications may be destroyed at the end of each school year.