School refuses to give child medication...what to do??

Shay - posted on 01/17/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughters school refuses to give her the asthma treatments that she requires. I have a doctors order & just recently had it updated & put in plain writing yesterday that if I ask them to give her a treatment that this is what there supposed to do. The director told my daughters teacher that she could not give her the treatment. I was unaware of this until yesterday and this incident happened tuesday!!! I felt like the DIRECTOR should have came to me & told me this so I could have handled this matter & her right then. The school TODAY refuses to still give my daughter her treatment even with the doctors orders because the DIRECTOR is out & "she has to approve the doctors order" Wtf...I have called several people and I cannot get any help!!! The asthma coordinator that works in her doctors office is following up with the school nurse to see what is going on. In the meantime I am extremely upset & don't know what I should do!!! SN: She is at home with me because I cannot take her to school without her treatments!!!



My daughters school refuses to give her the asthma treatments that she requires. I have a doctors order & just recently had it updated & put in plain writing yesterday that if I ask them to give her a treatment that this is what there supposed to do. The director told my daughters teacher that she could not give her the treatment. I was unaware of this until yesterday and this incident happened tuesday!!! I felt like the DIRECTOR should have came to me & told me this so I could have handled this matter & her right then. The school TODAY refuses to still give my daughter her treatment even with the doctors orders because the DIRECTOR is out & "she has to approve the doctors order" Wtf...I have called several people and I cannot get any help!!! The asthma coordinator that works in her doctors office is following up with the school nurse to see what is going on. In the meantime I am extremely upset & don't know what I should do!!! SN: She is at home with me because I cannot take her to school without her treatments!!!

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Iridescent - posted on 01/17/2011

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http://zed.alaw.org/asthma/ames/pdfs/ame... - this one is excellent, as it also shows the level of stability and care required. It explains how to get the services you need.



http://www.nmschoolhealthmanual.org/form... - this is a sample of an asthma IHP. As you can see, it requires a nurse as well. There are a few other types of IHP, or you can write your own if you're familiar with them (very hard though if not). You will need this.



Also, as a general rule, this is valid throughout the country as they are federal laws. Some states are more strict than others, but this appears standard to what we have in my state, which is one of the most strict (medication laws and such).

Iridescent - posted on 01/17/2011

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Exactly as the others stated. They are required by law to give any necessary medications as stated (including per your orders, if so written) with the doctor's order. Not doing so is illegal. Get a child advocate (google it for your state), get an Individualized Health Plan in place, and go from there. Also, if they are unable to determine need for her medication, you are allowed to demand a 1:1 nurse with her at all times (NOT an aide!) because it is a breathing concern which can be triggered at any time throughout the day. This is not the school nurse, this is her own. It must be a nurse, LPN with training in asthma is acceptable, otherwise RN as they are legally allowed to monitor, which the director is stating you are incapable and the teachers are incapable. You have the documentation you need already.

Tracy - posted on 01/17/2011

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This woman is being criminally negligent. Document EVERYTHING. Do you have an entity that inspects schools/daycares? Or a child protective service? Also, if her boss isn't helping, go above them. This isn't giving cough syrup for sniffles, this is a deadly serious condition your girl has. She has to follow the rules, and YOUR dr's orders. Personally, I'd be up her butt, her boss's and everyone else's daily until she was relieved of duty.

Lisa - posted on 01/17/2011

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I would ask for a copy of the school's policy regarding medication. If the policy states they can give it, they can't choose not to give her medication that she needs. Write a letter to the school's board and include a copy of the policy, the doctor's orders, and the medication request form. If the asthma coordinator won't follow up, call your doctor directly and tell the doctor what's going on and have him write a letter or call the school. He knows the seriousness of her needing her medication throughout the day.

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Kim - posted on 06/30/2011

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My daughter has to have medication for severe reflux and she starts receptiuon class in Sept...i have to go and have a meeting before she starts about her medciatuion as she needs it every day 20 minutes before she eats and it has to be mixed with hot water. If I am expected to go and do this myself there is no way I can work full time as I do now.

Peggy - posted on 01/20/2011

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I am the same way.. I don't play when it comes to my kids! I once told a doctor if she knew what was best for her she would get up and walk out of the room immediately! She did, I got my daughter and walked out of her office and NEVER stepped foot back in there again!!

Shay - posted on 01/19/2011

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Well ladies....I had a meeting today and the Head lady in charge apologized to me & expressed how embarrassed she was that it had to go this far!!! I have contacted my daughters doctor...asthma coordiantor and neccessary people @ the health department!!! They were all there in the meeting....I stated my points plain and clear and told them how negligent they were and if the situation was not handled the next steps would be taken for medical negligence to a minor!!! She is four and each and every one of those teachers can administer her medication...The DIRECTOR told them NOT to!!! She is completely unprofessional and I was given her boss' boss number and told that if I have any more problems with her to call her directly and she will be taken care of!!! We have another meeting in three weeks to make sure things are going as they should!!!! I don't play about my baby and if I have to take it further I will indeed!!!!

Debbie - posted on 01/19/2011

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I would go to the superintendent and let them know that if something happens to your child that you are going to hold them personally responsible. If you have a note saying that this is required than they need to do so. This is your child do not back down! Your other choice if you are able is to go and administer the medicine yourself. As a mother I would with out a doubt fight it. If your child is old enough maybe she can do it her self with the school nurse there to watch her.

Jane - posted on 01/18/2011

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How old is your daughter? Is she in grade school or day care/nursery school? If she is in grade school is it a public school? My son, now 17 has been asthmatic all his life and his school has ALWAYS been able to administer his medication and then once he hit middle school, he was able to self administer.

Peggy - posted on 01/18/2011

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What kind of school does she go to? I worked at the Child Development Center and you had to be certified to give medication. Some teachers could not give medication but we always had people that could. I would look over their policy... you might need to start looking for a new school.

Tiffany - posted on 01/18/2011

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shay they like to see us act a fool, what you have to do is let them know she cant come to school if she dont get her treatments and start threatening to call the district or whoever the big people are. cause with a doctors note and nurse at the school it should be no problem. i just went through this with my boys adhd meds

Renae - posted on 01/18/2011

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There must be a course of formal complaint you can take. Who is the boss of the Director's boss? She didn't employ herself! Is it the education department? They must have a complaints process where you can lodge a claim of negligence - surely???

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2011

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I was a public school teacher and not a nurse. Is your daughter in a public school or private school? I believe that public schools MUST administer medication if there are doctor's orders and such. If it is a private school, I do not know if they have to follow the same guidelines. If it is public, I would follow the advice of others and do what needs to be done or have them pay to send your daughter to a school that will fulfill ALL of her needs.

Phyllis - posted on 01/17/2011

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I would go after them for sure, even if it means charging them with child abuse. Do not back down. Find a barrister and sue the crap out of them too!

Tyrae - posted on 01/17/2011

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You should really get someone higher up to talk to this woman. She is technically neglecting/abusing your child by not following doctors orders and giving your child the medication she needs. If your daughter needs the medication in order to not have a major asthma attack, than the school HAS to give your daughter her medication.

Shay - posted on 01/17/2011

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@ Amanda yea she can do it, but they won't allow her to. The director is being a complete ass and my next thing to do is call the news and CPS on her!!!!

Shay - posted on 01/17/2011

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Ladies...they can give the medication!!!! I have a doctors order, but the lady over the school keeps telling the teacher that she cannot give my daughter the medicine each time she gets ready to give it to her & stating to the teacher that " She doesn't think she needs it just because I asked her to give it"!!!! I have called the directors boss on her twice and this would be my third time...I feel like she is being funny and just being a complete ass because she doesn't like to be told!!! I had the doctor order and for some reason I had to WAIT until she came back to approve the doctors order!!!! Who approves what the doctor says?? So...do I take her out or what??

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2011

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I see your daughter is 4, do you have a mask for her treatment? Can she not administer her medication herself yet? It might be time to train her how to use her medication, so she can use it herself, and have no worries about if a teacher can administer it or not.



Unfor due to the school system fearing law suits, most no longer give children medication.

Louise - posted on 01/17/2011

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This is now common place in England I am afraid. If your child needs medication you have to come into school to administer it. This is ridiculous as most anitbiotics are taken four times a day so you have to give it at lunch times. For working mums this is a nightmare. I used to ask for tablets as antibiotics for my sons and put them in with there sandwiches and trust that they would take it. But you can not do that with asthma treatment. See if you can get any help from an asthma charity or even some advice would be good on how to get around this

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