With the cold and flu season upon us there is a noticeable increase in coughing and sore throats. Some children bring cough drops from home with them to use when they are having one of these problems. Unfortunately, due to Washington state law, the school district cannot allow students to have medicated cough drops, or medication of any kind, at school unless there is a doctor’s prescription for them on file at school. Any medications that your child may need to take at school must have a doctor’s order for it on file at the office, unless a parent is available to bring the medication to school and administer it to the child.
Due to this, we ask you not to send cough drops to school with your child. If your child is coughing or has a sore throat, encourage him or her to drink more water to soothe their throats. You may send a water bottle from home for them to use if you would like or you can send hard candies, sugar-free are best, for them to suck on to help soothe a dry, itchy throat. I have listed some non-medicated cough drops below that are okay to have at school and several do have sugar-free varieties.
Thank you for your help in this matter as the health and safety of all of our students is very important to us here at College Place School District!
Non-medicated cough drops:
Runny Rhino cold relief pops
Halls Honey Lemon
Halls Defense Multi –blend
Cold Eeze zinc
Halls Fruit Breezers
Water bottle to have at school
Individually wrapped hard candies to suck on (sugar-free are best)