Requirements for Students to Take Medication at School
If a student needs to take medication during school hours, the district requires the following:
1. Parents submit a written request giving permission for administration. Renew all requests at the beginning of each school year.
2. Parents provide a doctor’s order for the school nurse to administer the medication during school hours.
3. Parents, or designated adults, deliver all prescription and non-prescription medications to the school nurse. If the nurse is unavailable, the medications can be delivered to the front office. Students and bus/van drivers are not allowed to bring medications to school.
4. Clearly label all medications with:
- student’s name and address
- directions for use (dosage, frequency, time of administration and any other special instructions)
- name of licensed prescriber
- prescription serial number,
- date originally filled
- name of medication
- amount dispensed, if applicable
The school nurse administers all medications. In the event of an emergency, a district employee may administer medication. However, students may possess and use asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors as long as they are authorized in writing by parents for self-administration.
All medication is stored in the original package/pharmacy-labeled container, and kept in a locked cabinet.