Medications given during school hours have several Wisconsin State mandated guidelines that must be followed by school staff, parents and students. The Coulee Region school nurses have collaborated to make this mandate as simple and convenient as possible for you, the parent.
The medication guidelines are explained in the Kindergarten Registration materials, and are revisited in the student handbooks.
Thousands of medications are given on a yearly basis in the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District. It may surprise some to learn that, in Wisconsin, nonprofessional school health personnel most often administer medication. Thus, the State of Wisconsin is very specific on how medications can be administered.
Simply stated, for your child to take medication at school:
- A medication order must be obtained from a physician. The form is available at both major health facilities in La Crosse as well as their satellite clinics. Please have this form completed at the time of your office visit. If your physician does not have the school medication form they may receive them by calling any school district in the Coulee Region. If your child would transfer to another Coulee Region school district during the school year and requires daily medication, the form would be sent to their new school and you would not have to obtain a new physician order unless there was a change in medication or dosage. Medication can not be given until the medication form is on file at school. If your child’s medication dose, time or drug should change we will need a new medication form.
Remember, this is not a parental request but a physician’s order.
- All medications must be in properly labeled containers. Pharmacy-labeled containers must have the student’s name, name of the drug, dose the student should take, frequency/time of administration, mode (method) of administration, directions and date of drug expiration. Parents may ask the pharmacy for an extra labeled bottle when the prescription is obtained. Do not send medication in a student’s lunch box or a plastic bag. Improperly labeled medication will be not be given and will be returned to parents at the end of the school day.
- All medication must be turned in to the office at the beginning of the school day. Children have confused medication with candy. Please do not allow your child to carry medication on his person. This is for the safety of your child and the other students.
- We must have parental consent to give medication to your child. Do not forget to sign the parental consent portion of the medication form.
- Complete the medication form. A physician’s signature is not required. Don’t forget to sign the parental consent. This is necessary for school personnel to give your child his medication.
- Supply the medication in a properly labeled container. No baggies, envelopes or Tupperware containers.
Do not send cough drops. This decision was made for the safety of your child.
Medication Form 2-12