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Medication Administration letter to the Parents

Posted Date: 08/27/2018

Medication Administration letter to the Parents

Irene Rosales MSN, RN

Health Services Director

Dear Parent, 

In case you are unfamiliar with the school’s policy on the administration of medication to students by school personnel, we would like to bring you up to date on this matter. There might not always be a school nurse on duty at the school and in her absence the office staff (or their substitutes) will be giving the medication. 

If your child must have medication of any type given during school hours, including over-the-counter drugs, you have the following choices:

  1. You may come to school and give the medication to your child at the appointed time.
  2. You may obtain a copy of a medication administration form from the nurse’s office. Parents need to ensure that the form is complete with Physician order that includes dosage, number of times the medication needs to be administered, side effects, and parent signature. 
  3. You may discuss with your doctor an alternative schedule for administering medication (for example, outside of school hours).

School personnel will not administer any medication to students unless they have received a medication form properly completed and signed by the parent/guardian, and the medication has been received in the original container, appropriately labeled, and FDA approved. Medications purchased in a foreign country will not be given. Any change in dosage or medication must be accompanied by a written permission and properly labeled. In fairness to those giving the medication and to protect the safety of your child, there will be no exceptions to this policy.

UISD does not provide medication for student use, including Tylenol and Aspirin. The only products used are to provide treatment for first aid such as for chapped lips, scrapes, cuts and bumps, insect bites and muscle pain.

If you have any questions about the policy, or other issues related to the administration of medication in the schools, please contact the school nurse at the following number 956-473-7700.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Veronica V. Luna RN, BSN

UISD Campus Nurse