CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Area School Board is reviewing a policy that would mean school nurses couldn't give students over-the-counter medications without a medication order from their doctors. Parents would have to send in the medications, which wouldn't be stocked in the nurses' offices.
A "student could no longer come down to the nurse's office and say, 'I have a headache,' and the nurse, at the nurse's discretion, give the student a Tylenol," Assistant Superintendent Eric Michael said.
The policy will be put on the school board's agenda for a decision in the coming weeks.
Under the Pennsylvania Nurse Practice acts, nurses cannot give any medication not ordered by a physician. Documents presented to the school board stated that includes over-the-counter medications, including cough drops.
"It's the laws we operate under and those supersede any other laws," Head Nurse Donna Rock said.
For 2009-10, the district obtained standing orders from area physicians stating all their patients could have common, over-the-counter medications, Rock said. Before that, a physician acting on behalf of the whole district wrote a standing order for everyone, she said.