Staff contact, student medication, illness procedures, and more
When Should I Send My Child To School?
Student Health at Edison HS
The Clinic Aide may be seen after obtaining a pass from your teacher. Students will not be excused to go home without permission from a parent, legal guardian, or authorized emergency care contact as designated on the Emergency Care Card. In an emergency when medical attention is required, every effort will be made to contact authorized individuals.
Health Information Form
The Health Information Form is to be completed by the parent or guardian at the start of each school year. The completed form is to be returned to the school clinic.
Children who need to take medication during school hours must have a signed Medication Authorization, Release, and Indemnification Form. Prescription medications require the signature of both the parent and the physician. Inhalers and EpiPens require authorization forms.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are drugs that can be purchased without a doctor's prescription and are used for the relief of symptoms on a temporary basis. With parent and physician authorization, OTC medications may be given on an "as needed" basis throughout the school year. Parents may authorize limited use for 10 consecutive days with a completed Medication Authorization Form. Examples include antihistamines for allergic reactions.
With parent permission using the Medication Authorization Form, certain OTC medications may be given on an "as needed" basis throughout the school year only as a pain reliever for headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, or orthodontic pain. The medication must be supplied by the parent in its original container. Examples include Tylenol, Advil, Pamprin, and aspirin.
Transport of Medications to and from School
Parents must transport medications to and from school. All medications must be kept in the clinic and taken under adult supervision. Middle school children are not permitted to carry medications, including OTC medications, except for prescription inhalers or EpiPens with the authorization of their parent(s) and physician.
Scheduling Medical Appointments
Please make every effort to schedule appointments outside of school hours. When this is not possible, please send a note to the school on the morning of the appointment stating the time the child will be picked up. Children should bring appointment notes to the attendance secretary before homeroom. The student's name will then be shown on an early dismissal list so teachers will know the student is not cutting class. For safety reasons, parents must sign out children in the office.
Release of Student from School
Only those individuals designated on the Emergency Care Information form will be contacted either to excuse or take your student home. If the clinic contacts you to excuse your student from school, the clinic must have voice contact with the responsible adult to dismiss the student from school grounds. In an emergency, 911 will be called prior to contacting the parent.
- Medications should be taken at home whenever possible to prevent the student from losing valuable classroom time or having a shortened lunch period. Any medication taken in school must have a parent/guardian-signed authorization. Prescription medications require physician orders. The parent/guardian must transport prescription medication to the clinic.
- No medication may be accepted by school personnel without receipt of complete and appropriate medication forms.
- A physician may use office stationary or a prescription pad in lieu of completing the above-mentioned authorization forms. A physician may issue samples. Whether a physician-issued prescription or sample the following information is required: student's name, date of birth, diagnosis, medication name, dosage, time to be taken, duration of medication, sequence if more than one medication is to be taken, side effects, physician signature, and date.
- The first dose of any new medication must be given at home.
- The parent/guardian is responsible for submitting a new form to the school each time there is a change in the dosage or in a time at which medication is to be taken.
- All medication kept in the school will be stored in a locked area accessible only to authorized personnel.
- Within one week after the expiration of the effective date on the physician order, the parent/guardian must personally collect any unused portion of the medication. Medications that are not claimed within that period will be destroyed.
- The Fairfax County Health Department and the Fairfax County Public Schools do not assume responsibility for unauthorized medication taken by the student himself or herself.
- In no case may any health or school staff member facilitate the taking of any medication outside the framework of the procedures outline here and/or in FCPS regulations.