Medications at school
MEDICATIONS: Did you know? California Ed Code requires that any prescription or over the counter medication
requires a specialized form for your child to take a medication at school. This includes students who carry an inhaler or other emergency medications on their person while at school. Forms are available in the health office or online for you to take to your physician. We may also be able to fax or email this to your physician. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the office. For a link to the district medication form:
SHOTS: Did you know? For ALL future school years, all students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough (Pertussis) booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school in the fall? This requirement applies to all public and private schools. The new requirement was signed into law in 2010. There have been changes in waivers as well, please consult with your district nurse or the health clerk to find out more. California has continued to experience outbreaks of whooping cough as protection to pertussis from early childhood vaccines wears off. The Tdap requirement affects all students in California transitioning into 7th grade. A booster AFTER AGE 7 will qualify, so you may be able to avoid the back-to-school rush and have your child over age 7 vaccinated now. For more information about vaccines: http://www.shotsforschool.org/parent-faqs/
Tristan Kleinknight & Sandy Chavez
Buckeye Union School District Nurses
Aspirin and Reyes Syndrome
Tis’ the season AND we are already starting to see early onset of cold, flu and other viral illnesses!!! Does your child need an over-the-counter (OTC) medication such as ibuprofen or prescription medication like an inhaler or cough medicine during the winter months? If so, be sure to pick up a medication form at the office or online here:
California Ed Code requires students to have a physician’s order and parental permission to have medications at school. This includes OTC medications (even cough drops, eye drops, medicated skin cream) and items such as inhalers that they may be permitted to carry. Be sure to have your pediatrician indicate whether or not your child can carry an inhaler, epinephrine pen or diabetic related medications.
And…just a reminder, should your child take ill – DO NOT treat them with Aspirin unless otherwise specified by your pediatrician. Aspirin has been linked to a liver and brain damaging disease known as Reye’s Syndrome. This disorder is known to follow viral infection and has been linked to Aspirin use. Symptoms of Reye’s include: Nausea, delirium, lethargy, vomiting, seizure, irritability, confusion, weakness, extreme drowsiness or loss of consciousness. If your child has a combination of these symptoms after being affected by a viral illness, seek medical attention immediately! Be aware Aspirin (Salicylates) can sometimes be found in medications such as Alka-Seltzer, Dristan, Excedrin, Kaopectate, Pamprin, Pepto-Bismol or Sine-Off.
For more information about Reye’s Syndrome:
Here is an online list of medications containing Aspirin:
Prevent the spread of illness, encourage hand washing with warm water and soap before and after all meals, after using the restroom and after playing outside or social activities.