Medications at school

  • Only those medications absolutely necessary to maintain a student’s health are to be given during the school day. All medications must be prescribed by a medical doctor, including over-the-counter medications. The district’s School Medication/Self-Administration Authorization Form must be completed and signed by the physician and the parent or legal guardian before any medication is given at school. 

    Parents and/or guardians are the only individuals permitted to carry a student’s medication to and from school, with the exception of those students who have provided the school with a copy of signed consent for their child’s unsupervised self-administration of asthma medication and/or an epinephrine auto-injector.  Medication must be in the original container or current prescription bottle. All medication, with the exception of approved asthma medications and/or an epinephrine auto-injector, will be kept in the nurse’s office in a locked cabinet, and dispensed according to physician’s orders. 

    Students shall not allow other students to carry, possess or use their prescription or non-prescription medication. Violation of this rule may result in discipline. The district shall not be held liable for misuse of medication by the student who is permitted unsupervised self-administration of asthma medication and/or an epinephrine auto-injector, or for the misuse of the medication by others.

    For self-administration of asthma medications only, parents or guardians of the pupil may provide the prescription label, which must contain the name of the medication, the prescribed dosage, and the time or circumstances under which the medication is to be administered in lieu of the written physician authorization. The School Medication/Self Administration Authorization form (500:270-F2) must be renewed each school year.

    Students participating in before and after school functions that are sponsored by non-district entities (i.e., YMCA, scouts, etc.) do not have access to student medication provided to the school. If students require medication at these functions, parents must work directly with these organizations for administration.

    More information: Board Policy 500:270 Administering Medicines to Students

    Additional resource: Board Policy 500:270-R Student Medication Administration