Administrative Guideline - 4330 Use of Medications

REVISED 6/26/09

In consideration of student health and welfare, a school administrator, nurse, teacher, or other school employee, as designated by a specific school administrator, may cooperate with a student's parents and doctors in the administration of prescribed medicines.

The ruling under which such medicines may be administered to students shall revolve around the following procedures:

 A. All Medications

    1. A current written order of a physician, dentist, chiropractor, optometrist, podiatrist or prescription label indicating how the medication to be taken, shall be kept on file in the nurse's office. (This shall include aspirin, or any other over-the-counter medication, i.e., non-prescription drugs. The one (1) exception is acetaminophen or ibuprofen will be administered through the Health Center of all schools if written permission signed by the parent/guardian is on file. Due to the age of elementary students, notification will be made to the parents concerning the administration of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.)

    2. When available, the school nurse shall supervise the administration of all medicine. In the absence of the school nurse, medication shall be administered by a school administrator, or the school administrator's designee.

    3. All medication shall be kept in the nurse's office, and all medication shall be consumed by the student at that location. A record of administered medications shall be maintained.

    4. Medication shall be brought by the parents or designated adult (not the student) in the original container labeled as follows:

      a. student's name

      b. name of medication

      c. dosage and time when the medication is to be administered

 (Medication must be in the original pharmacy container, identifying all prescription information.)

    5. The student must assume responsibility for coming to the nurse's office to receive any medication.

    6. If it is imperative that a child have medication during school hours, the parent or guardian may come to school and administer such medication.

    7. The parents/guardians are responsible for maintaining the supply of medication at school.

 B. Emergency Medications

    1. Students who may have a reoccurring health problem, such as asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, allergies, should have this information recorded in the health folder.

    2. If medicine is needed for the above, a doctor's statement should be on file outlining particulars of the case.

    3. The emergency medication should be brought by the student’s parent or designated adult (not the student) to the school nurse in the pharmacy container labeled as follows:

      a. student's name

      b. name of medication

      c. dosage and time when the medication is to be administered

    4. All such medicine shall be kept in the nurse's office. Periodic efforts must be made to keep these medicines at an effective strength and the prescription date current.

    5. If the doctor's statement indicates a continuing need to have emergency medication available, the location of such medication should be approved by the principal and the nurse in that building.

At the close of the school year, all medication should be taken by the student’s parent or designated adult (not the student). Medications left in the nurse's office will be destroyed.

Any other types of substances taken for medical purposes are not the responsibility of the school, and their use at school will not be allowed.

Revised 8/23/99
Revised 3/05