Medications in Schools

"My child needs to take medication in school. What is the procedure?"

When a student requires medication to be given during school hours, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. A Health Care Provider/Parent Permission for Medication form must be completed for every medication,both prescribed and over the counter which is to be given. This form, which is obtained from the school clinic, must be current, filled out completely, and signed by a parent or guardian, and the Health Care Provider.
  2. Each medication must be received in its original container with the student's name, name of medication, dosage and amount clearly visible on the bottle.
  3. All medication should be brought to the school by the parent or guardian and must be counted at the time of receipt.
  4. An asthmatic student in grades 4-12 may carry a metered dose inhaler on their person when they have written permission from both their parent/guardian and their health care provider. Younger students may be given permission to carry an inhaler when deemed able by the licensed prescriber, parent and school nurse. An Authorization Form, available from the school clinic, must be completed.
  5. A student at risk for life threatening allergic reactions may carry an Epinephrine auto-injector and self-administer while in school, participating in school-sponsored activities, or in transit to or from school or school-sponsored activities if the school has been provided with parental and physician authorization which includes a verification of the student's ability to self-administer the Epinephrine. An Authorization Form, available from the school clinic, must be completed.
  6. All medication remaining at the end of the school year must be either picked up by the parent or destroyed.