The Morgan County School system provides a school nurse for students who require a variety of specialized procedures. This requires that the parent or guardian of those students supply the school nurse with the student's diagnosis, current physician's orders, and all supplies required to treat the student during school hours. Failure to provide current physician orders, prescriptions, and or all supplies required for the prescribed care can create a health and safety issue for the student and the parent may be asked to take the child home until the parent is able to provide the needed medical information and/or medical supplies. Any medications (both prescription and non- prescription) must be delivered to the school and returned home by an adult, parent or guardian. Students should never transport medications. We are dedicated to providing safe, effective care to students. For questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse and/or the principal.
- The correct School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization (PPA) form must be used. This form is dated 2019. According to the Alabama State Department of Education, this is the only form the school can accept. Please communicate this information to your physician.
- All prescription medication/special procedure physician orders must be delivered to the school nurse on the student's first day of school.
- The school nurse will not administer any special procedure(s) without a physician's order.
- The nurse will administer medications according to regulations of the State of Alabama.
- If the orders are not brought to the school, the parent will be responsible to come to the school and administer their child's medication/special procedure each day until the orders are received by the school nurse. This also applies to self-administration medication.
- Students shall not be permitted to take medication while at school unless it is administered by the school nurse, principal or his/her designee, acting under the specific request of the parent/guardian. Self-administration of some specific medications requires a physician's order.
Whenever possible, medication should be taken before and/or after school hours under direct supervision of the child's parent/guardian. Prescription medication, on school property, must be in the original container and properly labeled by a pharmacy with the following information:
- Student's name
- Physician's name
- Date of Prescription
- Name of Medication
- Dosage amount and requirements
Parents/guardians may bring non-prescription medication to the school nurse and sign a permission form. Non-prescription medication, on school property, must be in the original container, unopened, with the label and dosage clearly visible.
Guidelines for Treatment
A student with a fever of 100.0F or higher, should not come to school. If a student comes to school with a fever of 100.0F or higher, the student will be sent home. A student should be fever free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication, such as Tylenol or Motrin, before returning to school.
When a student is assessed by the nurse to be vomiting, the student will be sent home. The student should not return to school unless it has been at least 12-24 hours since nausea/vomiting or diarrhea has occurred.
Any rash assessed by the nurse to be potentially contagious, must be covered by clothing, a dressing or bandage and should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
A 911 call may be made when the school nurse or school staff determines a student has a medical condition that requires immediate treatment. A student may be transported to a local ER in order not to delay medical treatment.