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The School's Responsibility
"The school nurse was out today, so my daughter didn't get her AD/HD medication. The school said no one else could give it to her. How can I keep this from happening again?"
If your physician orders that a dose of medication be given at a certain time, the school must provide coverage when the regular nurse is out. What would have happened if your daughter needed the medication to treat seizures or diabetes? Let the principal know that this situation must be remedied at once.
Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.