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Student Medication

Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff

Spring has sprung, with that comes the dreaded seasonal allergies. Students may exhibit signs and symptoms similar of a cold such as:

      *runny nose                *sneezing           *cough                 *itchy, watery eyes         *rash

      *nausea/vomiting    *headache         *fatigue               *mild sore throat             *eye redness

Please keep in mind the CMS policy listed below and you can access at:

“Our highest priority is to make sure that students have all resources in place to make sure that they have an enjoyable and safe academic experience.  The following considerations need to be considered:

Parent consent and written authorization from a licensed healthcare provider are required when it is necessary for your child to receive either prescription or NON-PRESCRIPTION (over-the-counter) medications in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

  • No medications will be given to your child on the field trip until this authorization has been received. A separate form is required for each medication. 
  • It is your responsibility to provide all medication to be given at school.  Each medication must be in an appropriately labeled original container from the pharmacy or healthcare provider's office.  Most pharmacies will provide an extra container for school use upon request”.

Please keep in mind that the School Nurse does NOT have medication in the office that is available to all students unless the above steps have been taken. This is in compliance with the NC Board of Nursing that states one of the Registered Nurse components is, “Collaborating with other health care providers in determining the appropriate health care for a patient but, subject to the provisions of G.S. 90-18.2, NOT prescribing a medical treatment regimen or making a medical diagnosis, except under supervision of a licensed physician” (

In summary, the School Health nurse CANNOT give to students without a physician’s order, examples of the following, but not limited to


*Tylenol               *Ibuprofen         *cough drops     *eye drops         *cough syrup     *pepto bismol  

*allergy medication        *topical ointments          *aspirin                *throat sprays/lozenges



Tisha Augustus, MSN, RN