Medication at School
Every effort should be made to administer medication at home; however, if your physician feels that medication is necessary during the school day, please submit a completed TJCA Medication at School Form.
The State of North Carolina has set forth requirements for the safe administration of medications within schools. Please be aware of the following requirements:
The TJCA Medication at School Form is required for all prescription and over-the-counter (such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Acetaminophen (Tylenol), etc.) medication to be administered by the school nurse. The form must be completed by both physician and parent/guardian before medication is brought to school. The Medication at School Form is available for download below for this purpose.
- Students are NOT allowed to carry medication of any kind on their person or to take medication without official written direction from a physician and parent/guardian. Students are permitted to self-carry and self-administer medication (such as rescue inhalers and EpiPen) with the written permission of their physician, parent/guardian, and submission of the TJCA Medication at School Form.
- A new medication form must be renewed each school year, and a separate form must be completed for each medication.
- All medications provided to the nurse must be unexpired.
- Controlled medications, such as those used for treating ADHD, must be brought in to the nurse by a responsible adult. The parent/guardian must count the number of tablets that are sent in, and this will be verified by the nurse upon receipt.
- Prescription medications must be in the original pharmacy-labeled container.
- Over-the-counter medications must be in the original container and labeled with the student’s first and last name.
- If your student requires medication while on a field trip, a teacher will be responsible for holding the medication and assisting the student to take it at the designated time. It is recommended that students with inhalers and Epi-Pens take their medication along on field trips. A Medication at School Form is required for a teacher to assist a student with medication on a field trip.
- At the end of the school year, the parent/guardian will be notified to pick up any remaining medication. If medication is not picked up by the last day of school, the nurse will dispose of the medication.