Student Medication at School

Any prescription or over the counter medication must be accompanied by a completed Medication Administration Authorization Form and turned in to the school nurse. All medication must be from the United States and prescribed by a U.S. licensed practitioner. For student safety, all medications should be brought to the clinic by a parent/guardian: however, controlled substances, such as medication for ADD/ADHD and some prescription pain medications must be brought to the clinic and signed in by the parent/guardian. Written permission from parents and physician is required for students to carry and self-administer medications. Only insulin, asthma reliever inhalers or emergency epinephrine will be allowed. Parents and physicians are encouraged to schedule all necessary student medications for administration during non-school hours.

The following guidelines may be helpful in determining whether your child needs medication at school:

    • Once a day: Before or after school
    • Twice a day: Before and after school
    • Three times a day: Before and after school and before bedtime
    • Medications that must be taken with food may be taken with crackers or a piece of toast in the morning before school.

Intramuscular injections (IM) will only be administered in life-threatening situations per physician emergency action plans. Intravenous (IV) medications will not be given.

Prescription medication must be in the original properly labeled pharmacy container with a current prescription, a specified time to be given during school hours and prescribed for that particular student. Medication will be administered in compliance with the prescription instructions printed on the label.

Non-prescription (over the counter) and homeopathic medications, dietary and herbal supplements will be given if all of the following requirements are met:

    • All of the above must be supplied by the parent and accompanied by written permission.
    • Medications/supplements must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and appear in the United States Pharmacopeia.
    • Medications/supplements must be in their original, properly labeled container, must be age be age appropriate, and indicate the dosage, how often and how long the medication can be administered before consulting a physician. If no length in time is indicated, medication will be given no longer than 5 days or at the school nurse’s discretion.
    • A written request will be required from a physician or other healthcare professional with authority to write prescriptions to administer approved non-prescription, homeopathic medications, herbal substances or dietary supplements when such medications are to be administered for more longer than what is indicated on box or more than five (5) consecutive school days.
    • Only medications/supplements that cannot be given at home will be given at school (see above guidelines).
    • Will be given in compliance with a student’s Individual Education Plan or 504 plan in accordance with Federal and State law.

All medication must be dropped off and picked up by a parent/guardian. To avoid dropping off and picking up your child’s medication daily ask your pharmacist to divide the medication into two containers: one for school and one for home. When you need to drop off and pick up the medication, the office opens as early as 7:30 a.m. and closes around 4:30 p.m. Medication cannot be transported by students on the bus. Medications stored in the school clinic must be picked up by the parent/guardian before the last day of school. No unused medication will be sent home with a student and any unused medication left at the end of the school year will be destroyed. Expired medication will not be given.