School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.
MEDICATION POLICY - MEDICATIONS TO BE GIVEN DURING SCHOOL HOURS
1. Transportation and Storage of Medication: ALL medication, both prescription and nonprescription, must be transported to and from the school nurse’s office by a parent or guardian. Students are not permitted to have any medication or drug in their possession.
2. Original Container: ALL medication, prescription or non-prescription, must be in its original container. A prescription medication will already have the pharmacy label with the name of the student, name of medication, and the time when medication is to be administered. Please write your child’s name on a non-prescription container.
3. School Permission to give Medication: Medication must have a written doctor’s statement or current prescription (label on container) indicating that the medication is to be taken during school hours. Physician orders may be faxed to the school. The school will also need a signature from parents or guardians giving their permission for the school to give the medication. It shall be the student’s responsibility to come to the nurse’s office to receive the medication at the designated time. If it becomes necessary to give a student medication that is not kept at school, a parent or legal guardian may come to the school and administer the medication.
4. Benadryl and Analgesics: In case of a bee or wasp sting, Benadryl will be given according to weight guidelines if a parent consent is on file. Also, the school nurse will administer analgesics (generic Tylenol or Advil) if a parent consent is on file. At the elementary level (K thru 5), parents will be notified when analgesics are given.
5. If the medication is to be terminated, the parent should notify the school by phone or provide a written and dated withdrawal of consent.
6. Student possession and self-administration of emergency medication is permitted for students with acute or chronic medical conditions. An annual written authorization must be received from both the parent and physician stating the nature of the disease and that the student has been instructed in how to self-administer the medication.
7. Medication Disposal: At the close of the school year, ALL medication should be taken by the student’s parent or designated adult (not the student). Medications left in the nurses’ office will be destroyed.
Indiana law states that students in all grades are required to meet the minimum immunization requirements. The immunization record must include the student’s name, date of birth, and the vaccine given and date (month/day/year) of each immunization. Below lists the Indiana school requirements of vaccines with number of doses students must have before attending class.
Proof of immunizations must be submitted to the nurse at your child's school
by August 1.
Please click below to find the most updated requirements for school immunizations by the Indiana State Department of Health.