Medication At School

For the safety of students, it is recommended that medication be given at home whenever possible. For example, medication prescribed three times a day can be given before school, after school and at bedtime. If medication must be given during school hours, we want you to be aware of the following school medication policy:

  • School personnel can only give prescribed medication with the written order of a health care provider that is licensed to prescribe and the written consent of a parent/guardian.
  • Medication must be brought to school by parent or guardian in a container labeled by the pharmacy. The following information must be on the label:
    • Child's full name
    • Name and dosage of medication
    • Time and directions for administration
    • Physician's name
    • Current date
  • Ask the pharmacist to put the medication in two containers, one for school and one for home.
  • All medication administered at school will be kept in the Health Services office (except when a student has permission to carry their medicine with them. See #8 below).
  • A new medication consent form is required:
    • When the dosage or time of administration is changed.
    • At the beginning of each school year.
    • If discontinued medication is restarted.
  • Parent/guardian must notify the school in writing when the medication is discontinued.
  • Over-the-counter medication can be given to children with written directions from the parent. Over-the-counter medications must be in the original container with dosing recommendations visible.
  • Students can carry medicine with them (for example, an asthma rescue inhaler) if they have written consent from parent/guardian and health care provider (including the request for the student to self-carry) and the school nurse has met with the student and checked that they can safely and successfully carry their own medicine.

Click this link for the Medication Administration form.

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