Medications On Campus
As recommended by the Regional Education Service Center, the State Board of Nursing, and the National Association of School Nurses, effective February 1, 2016, the Westlake Academy Health Office will no longer be providing medications at school unless received from parents/guardians at home.
Medications (non-prescription and prescription) may be administered at school by a licensed health care professional or by a designated staff member. In general, medication should be administered at home whenever possible. However, for those medications which must be administered at school, the school must receive a designated written request form from the parent to administer medications during school hours, and such request must comply with the following described procedures:
Non-Prescription (Over the Counter/OTC) Medications at School
Over the counter/non-prescription (OTC) medication may be administered with a Long Term Non-Prescription Medication Request from the parent or legal guardian, which must include a phone number where the parent can be contacted and signed by the parent or legal guardian. OTC medication must be labeled with the student’s name and be in the original manufacturer’s container. No medications of any kind are kept in stock by the health office or the school office. Medications must be provided from home.
Prescription Medications at School
Prescription medication administered to a student during school hours must be prescribed by a physician and filled by a pharmacist licensed in the state of Texas. Prescription medication labels must include the student’s name and instructions for the timing and dosage,the physician’s name and phone number, and be clearly legible.
A parent/guardian will need to submit a Short Term Prescription Medication Request allowing school personnel to administer a student's prescribed short-term prescription medicine(s) for a period of time not to exceed 15 days. A current pharmacy label on the container will be accepted as the legal prescriber's authorization for short term medications.
A Long Term Prescription Medication Request, signed and dated by the health care provider (MD, DO, ANP, PA), is required for the administration of medication prescribed to a student for more than 15 days during the current school year. This form must be renewed yearly.
Description of WA Medication-Related Forms
• Long Term Non-Prescription Medication Request: Parent permission form requesting health office personnel to give non-prescription medicine under certain conditions. Use this form for the current school year for any non-herbal, non-homeopathic medications that can be purchased at a store.
• Short Term Prescription Medication Request: Parent permission form allowing school personnel to administer health care provider prescribed short-term prescription medicines for a period of time not to exceed 15 days. A current pharmacy label on the container will be accepted as the legal prescriber's authorization for short term medications.
• Long Term Prescription Medication Request: This form or a written statement signed and dated by the health care provider (MD, DO, ANP, PA) is required for medication prescribed for more than 15 days during the current school year and must be renewed annually.
REMEMBER: All medicines--prescription or non-prescription--must be delivered to the school by parents/guardians at home along with an official document (links to forms at right) for campus procedures.