SIOUX FALLS, SD -
If your child is sick, you can't just send them to school with medication. The Sioux Falls School District has a medication policy and you might not know it has changed.
Three times a day Tienna Kelley has to take medication for epilepsy.
"She's on three different medications for epilepsy alone," Tienna's Mother Kelly Wieman said.
While Kelley's mother says her daughter is responsible enough to take the medication herself, she's glad the school nurse helps hold her accountable.
"It's obviously important that she gets the right dosage," Wieman said.
High school and middle school students can self-administer prescription medications with consent from a parent and their doctor, but they can only bring one dose of the medication with them. That's why it's more convenient for Kelley to keep her medication at the nurse's office.
"It helps me as a parent to ensure they're following the necessary guidelines that they have here at the school," Wieman said.
Elementary school students can't take medication by themselves though.
"In those instances we have trained staff or a nurse in the building who are able to assist with the medication administration," Sioux Falls Public Schools Health Services Supervisor Molly Satter said.
They also have to have signed consent forms from a parent and doctor. As far as over-the-counter medications, you only need permission from a parent.
"We ask that parents always let us know. We have forms online for medication administration," Satter said.
High school and middle school students can take the medication by themselves; elementary school students can't. But even Sioux Falls high school students should not bring an entire bottle of over-the-counter medication to school. The policy states that you should only bring enough for one day.
"We take very seriously that the medication can have serious side effects, so we look very closely at infractions of our policy," Satter said.
The one exception to the rule is that all students can carry rescue medications, such as inhalers or EpiPens, with them, as long as they have permission from a parent and doctor.
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