Medication Administered at School
Many students are able to attend school because of the effective use of medications in the treatment of illness and disabilities. Whenever possible, medication should be given at home. Some medication regimens make it necessary for the administration of medication during school hours. Safe and effective administration of medication during the school day requires adherence to the procedures listed below.
Elementary and Middle School
Prescription and Non-Prescription medication to be taken at school shall be delivered and picked up by parent/guardian. Medication must be in the current prescription bottle or original container. A medication permit and administration form must be completed and signed by parent/guardian. The first dose of any medicine will not be given at school. Three (3) doses of over-the-counter medications may be given at school with permission form signed by parent/guardian and must be in original container. Administration for more than three (3) doses requires a written standing order from a Doctor or authorized prescriber for the individual student, which can be faxed to the school. Any remaining medication must be picked up by a parent or designated adult within one week after the final date on the medication form. Medication will not be sent home with students.
For Prescription Medication, the student’s authorized prescriber shall provide a written request that the student be given medication during school hours. In lieu of the prescriber’s written request, the District may accept a prescription label properly affixed to the medication in question. The parent/guardian will provide a written request to give medication. District personnel will NOT administer the first dose of any medication. Prescription medication that is to be taken for 2 weeks or less may be carried and self-administered by the student. Only a daily dose may be carried and must be in the prescription bottle or original container. High School students taking prescription medication on a daily basis for longer than two weeks must have written request from the authorized prescriber and the medication must be kept in a locked cabinet in the nurse’s office.
Questions regarding dispensing medication during the school day may be directed to the school nurse or the Health Services Department.