- Suncoast Technical College
- Part 2: Accidents, School Nurse & Medication
Accidents, School Nurse & Medication
Students should immediately report all accidents to the Instructor in charge or to the Program Manager. For high school students, an accident form must be completed as soon as possible. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the person designated by the parent/guardian will be contacted. If students are injured during regular school hours, any medical expense incurred will be the student/parent responsibility. The Sarasota County School Board does not carry medical insurance on students.
Illness While at School
Should a student become ill or injured during school, they must request a pass to the Clinic from their instructor. The school must obtain parental permission in order for a student to be released from school due to illness. Prior to leaving campus for home, students and parents must sign out. A parent note must be submitted to the Student Services Office upon the student’s return to school.
Post-Secondary students do not have access to the clinic. They are to inform the instructor that they need to leave due to illness.
Medications for Secondary Students
All prescriptions and over-the-counter medications must be stored in the Health Clinic. School personnel will only administer approved medications to students during the school day when it is necessary to help the student stay in school.
- Whenever possible, medications should be administered at home instead of at school.
- Only FDA-approved prescription and over-the-counter medications are allowed to be administered by school personnel.
- A Medication/Treatment Authorization Form (M/TAF), signed by a physician and parent, must be provided, and medication must be stored and administered in the manner described below.
- An M/TAF is needed for each prescription.
- The M/TAF is valid for the current school year only.
- The parent needs to pick up medication at the end of the school year or if the medicine is discontinued. Medication that is not picked up at the end of the school year will be discarded.
- Medication must be in the original prescription or unopened over-the counter container labeled with the child’s name, medication name, dosage, and times to be administered.
- Parent must deliver the signed M/TAF and medications directly to the school health room or assigned school board employee so that medications can be accepted and counted.
- Homeopathic remedies are not FDA-approved and will not be administered by school personnel.
- Dietary supplements are not approved by the FDA for use as drugs and will not be administered by school personnel.
- Controlled-narcotic medications for severe pain management are not administered in the school setting. These medications are known to cause decreased coordination and decreased levels of consciousness, thus presenting possible learning-impairment issues and safety issues for the student. Use of these medications for students with chronic conditions will be considered on a case by-case basis.
- Treatment equipment, such as nebulizers & glucometers, must be supplied by the parent.
- An M/TAF signed by a licensed healthcare provider and a parent must be on file along with a signed notarized affidavit.
- Both forms are only valid for the current school year.
- When wheelchair, crutches or other temporary assistive devices are needed, they must be supplied by the parent/guardian.
The school will need a completed, notarized orthopedic Injury Assistive Device Authorization Form signed by the licensed healthcare provider and parent. This form is only valid for the current school year.
Student Accident Insurance
All STC students must carry accident insurance. Student accident insurance is available through the designated school insurance carrier. Applications are available in the Student Services Office. The premium, which is payable by the student, their parent(s) and/or guardian, is available on an individual basis through STC. Participation is required in programs at STC if no other insurance can be documented because the school or School Board assumes no liability whatsoever.
One of the following is required on all students attending a training program at this college:
- Student accident insurance (information may be obtained in Student Services Office or by visiting the following link: Student Accident Insurance)
- A statement signed by the Parent/Legal Guardian, of a high school student, certifying that insurance covering personal injury of the student is maintained by the student, family, or some other agency. (Policy # required).
- A statement signed by the Parent/Legal Guardian, if a high school student, acknowledging receipt of information concerning student accident insurance, declining participation, and assuming all risks. However, admission to some programs requires insurance, due to required laboratory experience.