School Medication Guidelines
Generally speaking, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are not allowed on dorm. For the 2021-2022 school year, in the interest of decreasing potential contacts for sick students and decreasing overall population density within the Health Center, we are adjusting our on-dorm medication policies. The following types of medications (prescription, over-the-counter, and supplements) will continue to be dispensed from the Health Center and are not allowed on dorm:
- All controlled substances and Schedule 2 medications, including:
- Stimulant medications to treat attention deficit (Ritalin, Adderall, etc.)
- Post-procedure/injury pain medications that contain opioids (such as Percocet)
- All psychoactive medications (Zoloft, Wellbutrin, citalopram, etc.)
- All sleep aids, including the supplement Melatonin
- All anti-pyretic (fever-reducing) medications that are also used to treat pain and inflammation, including:
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc)
- Naproxen (Aleve)
- Aspirin (Bayer, Excedrin, etc.)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Medications that contain any of these fever-reducer/pain-relievers as an ingredient (NyQuil, Robitussin, Dimetapp, etc)
- All cough suppressants and other medications used alleviate cold symptoms
- As-needed antihistamines (Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, etc.)
- Students requiring daily antihistamines for documented allergies may keep these medications on dorm
If your student takes a type or class of medication or supplement not listed above and you would like them to keep this medication with them on dorm, please complete this authorization form and email it to email@example.com. The form must be signed by you and by your family's healthcare provider. Students will not be able to keep and self-administer a medication on dorm without a completed authorization form.
We ask that all vitamins, dietary, and nutritional supplements (excluding melatonin) be kept on dorm. Regardless of where a student's medication will be stored and administered, all medication and supplements will still need to be verified by Health Center staff on move-in day. Please bring medications and supplements in their original container, with an appropriate U.S pharmacy label (if prescribed). Please make sure you do not bring expired medication to campus.
It is a violation of a major school rule for students to possess, distribute or use prescribed and OTC medications in their rooms without the knowledge and permission of the Health Center. It is also a major violation of our alcohol/drug rules for a student to use prescription medication as a recreational drug or for students to use over-the-counter medications in an abusive manner. Any unapproved medications found on dorm will be confiscated and the Head of School will be notified.
Procedure for Scheduled Medication
Any prescription medications not listed above are to be kept in the Health Center at all times. Students must come to the Health Center to take these prescription medications, as well as certain over-the-counter medications. The School nurse will administer prescription or over-the-counter medication to students if the following requirements are met:
- For prescription medications, a current prescription is required.
- All medication must be checked in to the Health Center as soon as the student or parent/guardian carrying the medication arrives on campus.
- All medication must be received by the Health Center in its original container.
- The label on the prescription medication must include the correct: student name, medication name, current dosage, time, frequency, route of administration, and provider's name, as well as the pharmacy address and phone number.
- Any changes to the instructions on the label must be received in writing from the associated health care provider. This includes changes to "as needed" medications.
- Controlled substances will be counted during intake to the Health Center.
International prescriptions and/or medications are not permitted. Verbal prescriptions are not allowed.
If a student fails to come to the Health Center for a scheduled medication, an email reminder may be sent to the student with a copy to his or her dorm parent, parent or guardian, academic advisor, Dean of Students, Associate Head of School, and counselor (if assigned). Medications can be obtained from the Health Center after returning from an away sporting event or other off-campus activity.
Procedure for As-Needed Medications
Students may come to the Health Center at any time for over-the-counter medications stocked by the Health Center, if permission was given on the required health form questionnaire.
Medication Policy for School Breaks
Prior to school breaks, an email will be sent to parents/guardians requesting approval to send medications home with students for the break. Medications will not be sent with a student if we do not receive approval from his or her parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the student to turn in all medications to the Health Center as soon as he or she returns to campus following the break. Parents can also return medication to the Health Center, but the student will be held accountable for any medications not turned in.
Discontinued medications will only be released to parents. If a discontinued medication is not picked up by the end of the school year, the Health Center will dispose of it.
The Health Center will automatically dispose of any expired medications.
Students on Accutane Therapy must provide the Health Center with monthly prescriptions for routine lab work and medication refills. If a student will be seeing a Delaware dermatologist while on campus, parents should make appointments well in advance, and inform the Health Center of the date and time of each appointment. The Health Center will provide transportation if necessary, and the student will be charged accordingly.
Our Local Pharmacy
Our primary and preferred pharmacy is Acme Sav-On Pharmacy (located at 460 East Main Street in Middletown; phone: 302-449-1868; fax: 302-449-1876).
There are two secondary pharmacies near the School: Walgreens Pharmacy (located at 396 E. Main Street in Middletown; phone: 302-378-1891; fax: 302-449-2009) and CVS Pharmacy (located at 674 Middletown Odessa Road in Middletown; phone: 302-378-2287; fax: 302-378-4415). If either one of these pharmacies are being used by the child’s medical provider from home, parents/guardians will need to notify the Health Center if/when the prescription is available. Parents/Guardians will be charged through Smart Tuition for the cost of the prescriptions unless payment was previously arranged by the parent/guardian.
Parents and/or guardians will need to acknowledge and agree that they have read the following information pertaining to prescription and over-the-counter medications as indicated in the related health forms in your SchoolAdmin portal.
I hereby give the St. Andrew’s School Health Center permission to:
- administer over-the-counter (OTC) medications to my child in accordance with Delaware State laws;
- administer prescription medication, whether it has been prescribed before or during the school year, to my child;
- allow faculty members to assist with self-administration on School-sponsored trips; and
- allow my child to self-administer medication on dorm, after being approved by the Health Center staff, for such medications as asthma inhalers, and epinephrine auto-injectors.
I understand that:
- St. Andrew’s School does not accept responsibility to any consequences in the event my child fails to follow the directions for self-administered medications;
- the Health Center reserves the right to revoke my child’s privilege of self-administration if there is any question as to the child’s competency or compliance in the ability to safely self-administer such medications;
- if I need to send medication for my child, I will mail it directly to the Health Center and NOT to my child;
- only a 90-day supply of any medication can be kept on campus;
- prescription medications are NOT permitted on dorm unless they are approved by the Health Center staff;
- if applicable to my child, I will provide the required Epi-Pen twin pack for my child to carry at all times;
- if applicable, I will provide two (2) of any inhaled medications (such as an inhaler and/or nebulizer medication), as required, to the Health Center at the start of the school year and/or during the school year if/when my child is prescribed such medication(s) so that one can be given to my child and the other can remain in the Health Center as a back-up;
- if my child takes prescription medication at any time during the school year and my child misses picking up his/her medication, the Health Center staff may send an email reminder to my child, with a copy to the dorm parent, advisor, counselor (if assigned), Dean of Students, Associate Head of School, and parent/guardian, depending on the type of medication;
- the Health Center will dispose of expired medications; and
- the Health Center will dispose of discontinued medications if not picked up by the parent/guardian.