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Medication

The Barnstable Public Schools is registered with the Department of Public Health to administer prescription medications during school hours under MGL: 105CMR 210.100.

The purpose of the regulation is to provide a safe, consistent and reasonable approach to the taking of medication by children during school hours.  However, when possible, students should receive medications at home.

A complete description of the procedures for medications can be found below.


Administration of Medication

The Barnstable Public Schools is registered with the Department of Public Health to administer prescription medications during school hours under MGL: 105CMR 210.100.

The purpose of the regulation is to provide a safe, consistent and reasonable approach to the taking of medication by children during school hours. However, when possible, students should receive medications at home.

Our school district requires that the following forms (provided by school health services) must be on file in your child's health record prior to any medication administration:

  1. Signed consent by the parent or guardian to give the medication.
  2. Signed physician order.
  3. Signed administration plan.

Procedures Regarding Medications:

  1. Medications 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 (such as Tylenol, Advil), may be administered to students with an initialed consent by the parent/ guardian in the online Registration Gateway and/or Annual Update. If more than 10 doses are administered during visits during the school year, at the nurse's discretion, parents/guardians will be contacted for physician documentation as needed.
  7. 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 medication as soon as possible. 

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 school nurse and parent consent to self-administer.
  4. School nurses will maintain a record in the individual student health file for all medicines dispensed.