The dispensing of medications at school is discouraged and it is recommended that medications be given either before or after school. If under exceptional circumstances a child is required to take medication during school hours and the parent/guardian cannot be at school to administer the medication, the school nurse and/or principal’s designee will administer the medication.
Please keep in mind the following:
- Only medication that an authorized provider has prescribed will be given at school. An authorized provider is a healthcare provider that is licensed or otherwise authorized by state law to prescribe medication. Medications not listed or approved by the FDA will not be given at school.
- Medication WILL NOT be given without all of the appropriate information. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to provide all the necessary information to the school nurse. The school nurse reserves the right to contact the student’s physician if there are any questions about administering a medication.
- A form must be on file with the nurse for any medication to be given at an overnight school event. If the appropriate paperwork is not provided, medication will not be given and the child may not be eligible to attend.
- The school nurse may administer acetaminophen or ibuprofen based on the child’s age and weight. A parent does not need to supply this medication.
- Medication brought to school MUST be in its original container and if dispensed by a pharmacy, it should have the child’s name, medication, dosage, ordering physician’s name, pharmacy name, and phone number. A recent prescription label will be considered the equivalent of a physician’s order.
- Over-the-counter medication should be in its original packaging and clearly labeled with the student’s name. Homeopathic medication must also be in its original container and clearly labeled with the child’s name.
- It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school nurse in writing when a medication has been changed or discontinued.
- Medication given at school is to remain at school for the period it is to be given, not to exceed a 30-day supply.
- The first dose of any medication will not be administered by school personnel.
- Medication must be brought to the nurse’s office by a responsible parent or adult. It may not be transported by a student and will not be released to a student. Medication must be picked up from the nurse’s office by the end of the last day of school or within seven days of being discontinued, whichever comes first. All unclaimed medication will be destroyed after that time.
- The school district reserves the right to reject requests for administering medications.
Students with a history of asthma that require the frequent usage of an inhaler can submit a Request for Self-Administration of Medication form that must be filled out and signed by a physician and parent/guardian to allow the student to carry the inhaler with them throughout the school day. This form must be submitted in addition to the Medication Administration Form.
Students with a history of an anaphylactic reaction or a chronic illness that may need access to medication throughout the school day will be addressed on a case-by-case basis that takes into account the student’s age and abilities. Please make an appointment with the school nurse to discuss your child’s particular needs and abilities.
Medication Administration Form
This form must be completed by the physician and the parent/guardian if a child needs to receive medication at school. The doctor or authorized provider must order the medication, and the parent/guardian must give the school consent to administer the medication.
Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form
This form is to be completed by the physician, parent/guardian, and student. It is a supplement to the Medication Administration Form and allows students who require medication for life-threatening illnesses to carry and administer their own medications (i.e., EpiPens, inhalers, and diabetic supplies).