Medical Requirements for School
Physicals are required for all students at Bancroft School. Students entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 4, 7, 9, and new students entering Bancroft School, are required to have a physical examination before the start of the school year. Additionally, all students who will participate in athletics during the school year are required to have a current physical examination form on file before the beginning of fall practice. Failure to meet this condition will result in denial of sports participation until an updated physical examination form is on file in the Health Center.
Dispensing of Medications
There are policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of children needing medicines during the school day.These policies and procedures conform to the regulations set forth in the Massachusetts General Laws governing the administration of prescription medications in public and private schools. It may be advisable to share information about a student’s health condition with certain administrators or teachers. However, this can only be done with the permission of the parents or guardian.
A. The school nurse must administer prescription medication and certain conditions must be met.
- Two forms must be submitted to the Health Center; the first is a completed consent form signed by the parent or guardian authorizing the nurse to administer the medication; the second is a medication order signed by the child’s licensed provider, i.e., child’s physician, nurse practitioner, etc. This form must be renewed as needed but always must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year.
- Medications must be delivered to the School in a pharmacy or manufacturer labeled container by a parent or a responsible adult and never by the student. The pharmacy should provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than a 30-day supply of the medicine should be kept at school.
- Short-term medications (for no more than ten school days) will be administered provided the consent form is signed and on file. A pharmacy labeled container may be used in lieu of a licensed prescriber’s order.
B. Non-prescription medications are to be administered by the nurse and the signed emergency form must be left in the Health Office. According to law, students are neither permitted to carry medications on their person nor allowed to put them in lockers or purses.
C. Self-administered medication is medication that the student is able to consume or apply in the manner directed by the licensed prescriber without additional assistance or direction. Students will be permitted to administer their own medication if certain requirements are met; a consent form has been signed and is on file in the Health Center, and reviewed by the nurse and student as to documentation, conditions, knowledge, and time of administration.
All inhalers come under the classification of self-administered medications. Upper and Middle School students may carry their inhalers after the above requirements are met. Lower School students must use their inhalers in the Health Center.
D. Medication on field trips: medications will be administered to students by school staff members trained in administration of medication. The parent or guardian must sign a consent form before the staff member is allowed to administer the medication. An extra pharmacy labeled container should be provided for the child's medication during a field trip.
E. Retrieval of medications from the School may be made at any time. The medicine may be destroyed if not picked up within one week following termination of the order or one week beyond the close of school.