Salisbury School Medication Policy
Salisbury School has a clear and firm policy regarding the handling and administration of prescription and nonprescription medications. Noncompliance with this medication policy is a violation of a major School rule and is subject to disciplinary action.
- Do not send pills from home. They will not be accepted.
- All prescription medications (whether episodic or long-term) will be managed and supplied by Salisbury Pharmacy and dispensed by the health center.
- Do not fill prescriptions at home within 1 month of registration, as this may delay/prevent the arrival of your student’s medication at school. Please send all prescriptions to Salisbury Pharmacy. If medication is needed for home use, Salisbury Pharmacy is happy to mail a supply to you.
- Prescriber completes one medication order form for each medication ordered (form available for download from Magnus Health website). Medication order forms must be sent to the Salisbury School Health Center.
- Prescriptions must be sent directly to Salisbury Pharmacy (see medication order form for instructions).
- All prescription medications kept in a student’s room must be authorized and dispensed by the health center.
- Discontinued medications will be destroyed in compliance with State of Connecticut regulations.
- Parent authorizes communication between prescriber and health center staff necessary for the safe administration of the medication and the management of the condition for which it was prescribed.
Witnessed Self-Administration of Medications:
As outlined above, prescription medications must be dispensed by a health center nurse. Exceptions to this may be necessary when the health center is closed or the student is off campus. All such exceptions will be approved by the director of the health services on a case-by-case basis. The procedure for a student to be able to take such medications outside of the health center is outlined below.
- Medications are dispensed in individual doses and labeled with the student’s name, date, medication, dosage, administration time, and any other pertinent information.
- At the designated time of dosing, the student must have a faculty member witness medication administration. Faculty must sign the package documenting the student’s self-administration.
- The student is then required to return the empty package with the faculty signature to the health center at the next available health center medication dispensing time.
- Unused medication must be returned to the health center in an untampered package.
- The health center staff reserves the right to revoke the privilege of witnessed self-administration if a student fails to comply with the above procedure.
- Any misuse of medication is subject to revocation of the privilege of witnessed self-administration, and possible disciplinary action by the School.
Non-prescription/over-the-counter medications and supplements:
Certain over-the-counter medications may be kept in a student’s dorm room and self-administered by the student. Examples of such medications include topical creams, analgesics (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naprosyn), cough/cold medications (must be alcohol and dextromethorphan-free), vitamins, and supplements. Medications must be in their original containers with pharmacy label indicating medication, strength, and dosing instructions. Parents must be sure the instructions and possible side effects of all medications are clear to the student; School staff cannot be responsible for this.
If there are any questions about a medication, it is the responsibility of the student/parent/prescribing physician to inquire at the health center about the requirements for the handling of that medication.
Salisbury School students are expected to be responsible for their medication compliance. The Health Center staff and faculty will not hand-deliver medications, nor will they routinely locate students when they have missed their medications. However, the Health Center staff maintains a strong interest in students’ success and well-being and will work closely with the student, parents, and advisor to address medication-related issues. Parents interested in knowing their student’s medication compliance may access this information via their student’s Magnus Health account.