SCHOOL DISTRICT ADOPTED: March 15, 2004
REVISED: May 17, 2004
210.1. OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS
1. Purpose The Burgettstown Area School District considers the possession, being in control of
or the use of over-the-counter medications to constitute a potential danger to the
heath, safety and welfare of the students entrusted to their care.
Administrators and teachers realize that under the proper circumstances over-the-
counter medications, alone, in conjunction with other medications, or illegal
substances may jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of students. These concerns
arise from the common use and access to such medications and the general
consensus among students that, over-the-counter medications in and of themselves,
offer no real threat. To this end, this policy is viewed as a means to instill in students
an understanding and avoidance of the potential threat for the misuse and overuse of
such medications. It is designed to create a safe environment for students and to
assist those students, not realizing the full negative potential of the use of such
medications, a realistic perspective of their dangers.
2. Definitions Over-the-counter medication - any substance designed to provide symptomatic
relief for common illnesses, injuries or maladies and not falling under the control of
the Food and Drug Administration.
Possession of an over-the-counter medication shall mean any possession or having
control of any substance normally reputed to have medicinal qualities and readily
available at many various commercial sites.
Use - to ingest, inject, or otherwise cause a drug to reach the bloodstream or
3. Authority Students are not to be in possession of over-the-counter medications while on school
property including all school provided transportation twenty-four (24) hours a day,
seven (7) days a week.
The only exception granted is that such possession may occur during the process of
transferring the over-the-counter medications from the home setting to the school
nurse’s station or returning the same.
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Students are not permitted to use over-the-counter medications unless done so under
the supervision and control of the school nurse.
4. Guidelines Students are to present all over-the-counter medication at the office of the school
nurse upon arrival at school.
All over-the-counter medication must be in the original, factory sealed, unopened
container. Over-the-counter medications must be accompanied by the Burgettstown
Area School District Medication Form available from the nursing office or online at
the Burgettstown Area School District website.
The Medication Form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian.
No medications will be accepted in any other containers or without the fully
completed and signed form.
No handwritten notes will be accepted.
The student will then access the medication and have it administered through the
nursing office subject to the information presented on the Medication Form.
Procedures When Medical Practitioner is not Available
The student will provide the activity sponsor/coach with the original container of the
over-the-counter medication and Burgettstown Area School District Medication
Form completed and signed by the parent for each over-the-counter medication to be
taken. No handwritten notes will be accepted.
The activity sponsor/coach will store all over-the-counter medications in a sealed
container in his/her possession.
The student will self-administer over-the-counter medication(s) under the
supervision of the activity sponsor/coach.
Pol. 233 First Offense: Students determined to be in violation of this policy will be
suspended for five (5) days. During that period of time the parents/guardians must
meet with the building administrator for a formal disciplinary hearing relative to the
violation and referral to the Student Support Services Team shall be made.
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Pol. 233 Second Offense: Students determined to be in violation of this policy for the
second time as a student of the Burgettstown Area School District will be suspended
for a period of ten (10) days and participate in a Drug and Alcohol Counseling
Program as approved by the district.
Pol. 233 Third and Subsequent Offenses: Students determined to be in violation of this
policy for the third time or each subsequent offense as a student of the Burgettstown
Area School District educational program will receive disciplinary action up to and
including expulsion. Such determinations may be made through the building
administrator, Superintendent or their designees or through a formal hearing before
the Board of School Directors.
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