I. Medication Administration
Students are not permitted to carry any over-the-counter or prescription medications on their person or in their bags during the school day. All medications must be stored in the health office and dispensed by the school nurse, and only if there is a medication permission slip on file. In accordance with Department of Public Health regulations, over-the-counter medication will be administered as per the protocols set forth by the school nurse and the presiding physician.
Exceptions to the above include prescription rescue inhalers for asthma and epinephrine injectors for anaphylaxis. These medications are readily accessible to be used in case of emergency by appropriately trained personnel and/or students deemed fit to self-administer.
Regularly scheduled, non-emergency medication should be administered at home whenever possible. If a student requires prescription medication during the school day, the parent must contact the school nurse to develop a Medication Administration Plan. All prescription medications dispensed at school must be accompanied by a written doctor’s order and a completed Medication Administration Plan form (see above link). Written orders must include the following information:
- Name of drug to be given, dosage, and possible side effects
- The duration of medication administration
Prescription medication provided to the school nurse must be in the original pharmacy container and must state:
- Child’s name
- Medication name
- Dosage/Route/Frequency of Administration
- Licensed Provider’s Name
- Date Prescribed
No more than 30 days’ worth of medication will be stored at school. New medication orders must be provided for each school year. This includes EpiPens, inhalers, and Insulin.
Prescription medication required for 10 days or less may be administered according to the direction on the original pharmacy label, in place of a written order. The pharmacy will provide a second labeled container for medication to be administered at school. The school nurse will not accept “as directed” on prescription labels.
Children must not carry medication in school. A parent/guardian must deliver and pick up medication to/from health office. Medication must be delivered to the school nurse in the original pharmacy-labeled container. Medication must be left in school overnight and cannot be carried home by students.
At the end of the school year, parents/guardians shall retrieve all unused, outdated, or discontinued medications.
II. Physical Exams
All new students and those students entering the 7th and 10th grade are required to submit a physical exam that is dated within 12 months of the first day of school. Students planning to play on an athletic team need physicals updated annually.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations state that all full time students are required to be fully immunized. There are only two situations in which children who are not appropriately immunized may be admitted to school:
1) A medical exemption is allowed if a physician submits documentation attesting that an immunization is medically contraindicated. The law states that medical exemptions must be presented at the beginning of each school year.
2) A religious exemption is allowed if a parent or guardian submits a written statement that immunizations conflict with their sincere religious beliefs. MDPH recommends also requesting religious exemptions on an annual basis, in writing, at the beginning of each school year.
Students who do not adhere to the immunization requirements and do not have documentation of exemption will not be able to attend CCSC.
IV. Mandatory Screenings
Health screenings for vision, hearing, body mass index (BMI), and scoliosis are conducted on an annual basis. The purpose of these screenings is to provide early identification of need for further medical evaluation. A letter will be sent home before screenings commence. If your child has any unusual findings you will be notified and asked to take him/her to their physician for evaluation.
V. Health Office Contact Information
Lindsay Baglien RN 617-354-0047 ext. 209 firstname.lastname@example.org
School health services are available daily to all students during regular school hours. Students may use the health office if they become ill during the school day, injure themselves, or have a health-related question. Parents and guardians are encouraged to reach out with any questions or concerns they may have regarding the health of their child.