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The appropriate Citrus County Public Schools’ personnel will be authorized to assist the student(s) in the administration of prescription medication according to the Florida Statute 1006.062. Over the counter, OTC, medication will be handled in the same manner as prescription medication.
All medications must be properly labeled from the pharmacy and in the original container. A separate medication authorization form is required for each drug administered. The prescription bottle must be within the expiration date. An adult must bring all medication to the school.
Medicines and treatments considered outside medical protocols, as established by the Citrus County Health Department, such as herbal treatments for ADD/ADHD, caffeine pills, aloe for burns, and meat tenderizer for bee stings require a physician’s note.
Medications should be administered at school only if it is necessary to give the medication during school hours, for example, a medication given three times a day could be given before school, after school, and at bedtime.
Over-the-counter medications are treated just like prescriptions. It is recommended that students who require the use of over-the-counter medications at school for three consecutive days should receive medical attention for that health condition. OTC medication may be limited or require a physician’s order.
Students shall not carry any medications including Tylenol, eye drops or cough drops, etc. EXCEPT for students who are asthmatic and use an inhaler or students who are highly allergic to bee stings and/or foods and use an epinephrine injection (Epi-pen) These students are allowed to personally carry medications at school with the permission of their physician and parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s). Make sure the inhaler and/or Epi-pen (not just the box) are labeled with the student’s name. A special permission form (PFC 43 EDS) must be completed.
Parents need to provide the school with a shot record. These immunizations are required by Statute 1003.22 and normally include:
Blue cards (which are the official immunization document required by the State of Florida) can be completed by the Health Department, a physician’s office, or by the school nurse.
The Hepatitis B series takes four to six months to complete. If a child has not completed this series, the child will be allowed to start school with a valid temporary blue card and be monitored for compliance. If the temporary card expires, the child will be excluded from school until the next shot is given.
Students in Kindergarten through 12th grades are required to have the Hepatitis B series. A Tetanus Booster (Tdap) is also required for the 7th grade in addition to the initial school entry immunizations.
Students entering Kindergarten must provide the school proof of a current physical examination by a medical doctor or by the Health Department prior to the first day of school. Students entering a Florida school for the first time also need to present a physical dated within the last year.
The Citrus County Health Department requires appointments for a physical examination: Inverness office, 726-0153, or Lecanto office, 527-0247. The charge for physicals may be adjusted on a sliding scale by bringing in proof of income.
Call your nearest Health Department for information or to make an appointment.
Parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) of all children entering Citrus County Public Schools’ for the first time are required to have the following items to register: