DCSD strengthens policy on drug administration at county schools
Focusing on the safety of all students, the Darlington County School District (DCSD) announced that all medications to be administered at school, including both prescription and over-the-counter medication, will require a DCSD “Permission for School Administration of Medication” form signed by a physician. Additionally, all medication — whether prescription or over-the-counter — must also have a label from a pharmacy attached to the packaging per South Carolina state law. Students are not allowed to carry any medicine at school. Only life-saving medication, such as an EpiPen or an inhaler, may be carried by a student and only with a doctor’s order and permission. The Permission for School Administration of Medication form can be obtained from a school nurse or from the district’s website under DEPARTMENTS – STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES – MEDICATION FORMS AND GUIDELINES. This decision comes after much consultation with surrounding school districts and medical professionals.