New Policy: NO Cough drops at school
THROAT DROP PRODUCT INFORMATION
Throat drop products will no longer be accepted or administered by Humble ISD staff. As a reminder
students will not be allowed to carry them.
BOARD OF NURSING 217.11(C) Know the rationale for and the effects of medications and treatment
and shall correctly administer the same;
16-17 STUDENT HANDBOOK – PAGE 82
Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if required by the student IEP or 504 plan for
a student with disabilities.
Menthol, ascorbic acid eucalyptus oil, glucose, sucrose, caramel, various dyes, pectin, corn syrup, honey,
soybean oil, isomalt, capsicum, licorice, zinc to name only a very few ingredients. An examination of 5 of
the most common cough drops products revealed 27 different ingredients with one listed as herb
mixture containing 10 herbs and 3 other ingredients.
Not approved. All throat drops are considered a dietary supplement. Dietary ingredients are defined as
vitamin, mineral, herb or other botanical; amino acids or enzymes. Non FDA approved products can
add/remove ingredients and change the amount of ingredient without notification to any entity.
It is unsafe for students walking or participating in any motion activities to use cough drops. If required
to remain in the clinic while cough drop dissolves, it causes loss of classroom seat time.
Medications PolicyParents and physicians are strongly encouraged to schedule all necessary student medications for administration during non-school hours. If a student must take medication during school hours in order to observe proper time intervals between doses, and resume full participation in the school program, dispensing the medication can become the responsibility of the school.
When it is necessary that medications be given at school, the following guidelines will be followed:
- All medications must be brought to the clinic by the parent.
- All medications (prescription or non-prescription) will be supplied in their original containers.
- Prescription medications must be labeled by the pharmacist with the students’ name, name of prescribing physician or dentist, name and strength of medication, amount to be given, and instructions for storage and administration.
- All medications must be accompanied by a note signed by the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s). The note should state the student’s name, the name of the medication, the condition for which the medication is being given, the time the medication is to be given at school, and the dates the medications is to be given at school. In addition, any medication (prescription or non- prescription) that is to be given 10 or more school days must be accompanied by a written order from the physician or dentist prescribing the medication.
- When medications are to be given for prolonged periods of time, it is the parent’s responsibility to maintain an adequate supply of medication and to inform the school of changes in dosage or frequency in administration or if medication is discontinued. PRN (as needed) medications can not be given more than three consecutive school days.
- Any unused medications must be picked up by the parent, guardian or an adult. No medication will be sent home with the student.
- Medications left at school will be destroyed at the end of 2 weeks.