Administration of Medication

  • The purpose of the regulations that have been put in place is to provide a safe, consistent and reasonable approach to the taking of medication by children during school hours and to follow the state law. Generally, medications should be given at home. When necessary and with a physician's written order, medication may be taken at school under the following procedures:
    Our school district requires that the following forms (provided by school health services) must be on file in your child's health record before we begin to give any medicine at school:
    1. Signed consent by the parent or guardian to give the medicine.
    2. Signed physician order.
    3. Signed administration plans.

    School Policy Regarding Medications:
    1. Medicines should be delivered by the parent or guardian to the school.
    2. You may designate another responsible adult to deliver the medication provided you notify the nurse in advance of the arrangement and the quantity of medication being delivered.
    3. The pharmacy or manufacturer label must be attached to the container or inhaler. Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home.
    4. No more than a 4-week/20 day supply of the medicine should be delivered to the school.
    5. All students taking medication will be monitored for response if deemed appropriate by the nurse.
    6. Over the counter medications including antacids, , may be administered to students in grades 6-12 with a signed consent form by the parent or guardian. Ten doses of Acetaminophen may be administered to students in grades 6-12, and ten doses of Ibuprofen may be administered to students in grades 9-12 with a signed consent form by the parent/guardian each school year. The above are administered at the discretion of the school nurse(s).
    When your child needs a medication to be given during the school day, please act quickly to follow these procedures so we may begin to give the medicine as soon as possible.
    Thank you for your assistance.

    School Responsibility
    1. If the nurse or principal questions the advisability of dispensing a medication in school, the school physician is to be consulted.
    2. All medication shall be stored in the Health Office with the exception of inhalers and Epipens,and those medications with specific physician orders.
    3. All medication will be taken in the presence of and under the supervision of the nurse or nurse's designee unless the student has physician and parent consent to self administer.
    4. School nurses will maintain a record in the individual student health file for all medicines dispensed.