Procedures for Self-Administration of Medication

  • Procedures for Administration of Medication

    • With approved exceptions, all students shall be required to self-administer any medication which might be necessary to take during school hours. In all such instances, there must be a physician's order and parent/guardian permission form on file in the school office. This form, "Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication" can be obtained from your child's school office or from the Health Services Office.

      1. All prescription and over-the-counter medication must be accompanied by a completed authorization form which is signed by a parent/guardian and a physician.
      2. The signed authorization form will be kept with the medication and a copy in the student's medical file.
      3. All medication must be brought to school in its original, closed container and properly labeled.
      4. The school shall provide a space for safe storage of the medication which will be accessible to the student only through authorized personnel. Self-administration of medication may take place only in the school office with authorized personnel supervising and no student may carry prescription and non-prescription medication on their person. An exception to this rule will be for students who require the use of inhalers for asthma and students who require the use of an epi-pen for severe allergies. In such instances, the physician and parent/guardian must submit written authorization for a student to carry such medication on his/her person. 
      5. The school is under no obligation to remind a student to take his/her medication, or to remind the parent/guardian(s) when such medications need refills or renewals.
      6. Students shall take their medication in the presence of a staff member who has been trained by the nurse (i.e. principal, health aide, secretary). Each time the student takes medication, a notation shall be made and signed by the supervising staff person, of the time, date, dosage and type of medication administered. 
      7. In the event of that extenuating circumstances precluded the student from self-administering the medication, only the nurse or school administrator may administer medication to a student. In the absence of these staff members, a designee may administer medication to the student provided that they have been trained by the nurse to do so and are operating under supervision.
      8. The student's parent/guardian(s) shall remove any unused medication from the school at the end of the school year, the school's administrator shall appropriately dispose of the unused medication in the presence of a witness. 
      9. The school principal retains the discretion to reject or approve any request for self-administration of medication of any kind subject to the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973).
      10. If the principal denies a request of self-administration of medication, a parent/guardian has the right to appeal this decision to the Superintendent of Schools.


      The above administration of medication procedures to students is based upon Board Policy which is available in each school office for your review.