Medication Policy

Medication Policy

The Greencastle Community School Corporation has adopted the following policies for administration of medication at school.

Greencastle Community School Corporation

Bylaws & Policies

5330 - USE OF MEDICATIONS

TheSchool Board shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatmentof student illness. The administration of prescribed medication and/ormedically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will bepermitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of thestudent, or the student would not be able to attend school if themedication or treatment were not made available during school hours.

Forpurposes of this policy, "medication" shall include all medicinesincluding those prescribed by a physician and any non-prescribed(over—the—counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies. "Treatment"refers both to the manner in which a medication is administered and tohealth-care procedures which require special training, such ascatheterization or intravenous or intramuscular injection.

Beforeany medication or treatment may be administered to any student duringschool hours, the Board shall require the written prescription from thechild's physician accompanied by the written authorization of the parent(see Form 5330 F1). This document shall be kept on file in the officeof the principal, and made available to the persons authorized toadminister medication or treatment. The prescription must be in itsoriginal container, labeled with the student's name and the exactdosage. At no time is the school to administer a dosage other than thatauthorized by the physician's prescription.

Beforeany nonprescribed medication or treatment may be administered, theBoard shall require the prior written consent of the parent (see Form5330 F1a and Form 5330 F1b). These documents shall be kept in the officeof the principal. Except in the case of authorized self-medication, allforms of medication shall be administered by the Corporation inaccordance with the Superintendent’s guidelines. No student is allowedto provide or sell any type of over-the-counter medication to anotherstudent.

Violations of this rule will be considered violations of Policy 5530 - Drug Prevention and of the Student Code of Conduct/Student Discipline Code.

Studentswho may require administration of an emergency medication may have suchmedication stored in the principal's office and administered in accordwith this policy. However, if authorization (Form 5330 F3) forself-medication has been provided by the parent and physician whichcomplies with the requirements of Policy 5330.01 – Self-AdministeredMedication, then the student may retain possession of theself-administered medications.

Medicationthat is possessed by a school for administration during school hours orat school functions, for students in grade K-8 may be released only tothe student’s parent or to an individual who is eighteen (18) years ofage or older and who has been designated, in writing, by the student’sparent to receive the medication.

Aschool may send home medication that is possessed by the school foradministration during school hours or at school functions with a studentin grades 9-12, if the student’s provides written permission for thestudent to receive the medication.

The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines, as needed, to address the proper implementation of this policy.

I.C. 20-8.1-5.1-7.5
I.C. 20-8.1-7-22
I.C. 34-4-16.5-3.5
511 I.A.C. 
7-21-8

Revised 2/19/02
Revised 
8/13/03
Revised 
12/8/04