Parents and physicians are strongly encouraged to schedule all necessary student medications for administration during non-school hours. If a student must take medication during school hours in order to observe proper time intervals between doses, and resume full participation in the school program, dispensing the medication can become the responsibility of the school.
When it is necessary that medications be given at school, the following guidelines will be followed:
- All medications must be brought to the clinic by the parent.
- All medications (prescription or non-prescription) will be supplied in their original containers.
- Prescription medications must be labeled by the pharmacist with the students’ name, name of prescribing physician or dentist, name and strength of medication, amount to be given, and instructions for storage and administration.
- All medications must be accompanied by a note signed by the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s). The note should state the student’s name, the name of the medication, the condition for which the medication is being given, the time the medication is to be given at school, and the dates the medications is to be given at school. In addition, any medication (prescription or non- prescription) that is to be given 10 or more school days must be accompanied by a written order from the physician or dentist prescribing the medication.
- When medications are to be given for prolonged periods of time, it is the parent’s responsibility to maintain an adequate supply of medication and to inform the school of changes in dosage or frequency in administration or if medication is discontinued PRN (as needed) medications can not be given more than three consecutive school days.
- Any unused medications must be picked up by the parent, guardian or an adult. No medication will be sent home with the student.
- Medications left at school will be destroyed at the end of 2 weeks.
- Forms: Please ask school nurse for the form:
Authorization for Medication Administration