Administration of medication shall be in accordance with state law and Board policy. Before any medication from home, prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC), may be administered to or by any student during school hours, the Board shall require:
- The written request from the parent-guardian, giving permission for administration of medication during school hours.
- A statement from the parent/guardian acknowledging that the school is not responsible for ensuring the medication is taken and relieving the district and its employees of responsibility for the benefits or consequences of the prescribed medication.
- The written order from the prescribing physician, that states: Name of student, name of medication, prescribed dose, route of administration, time medication is to be taken, length of time medication is prescribed, diagnosis or reason medication is needed (unless confidential), possible side effects of medication or special considerations, name and signature of licensed prescriber.
All medications, whether prescription or non-prescription, must be received in the original container in which they were dispensed. The label must include the date, student name, medication name, dosage, time, and route of administration. Medications received in containers other than the above stated will not be accepted in or dispensed from the health suite or office by the school nurse of his/her designee.
Every medication must be brought to school by a parent/guardian and brought to the health suite or office immediately on entry to the building.
Medications are not to be kept in back packs, desks, etc., or any other location of the school other than the health room. The exception to this is where students are permitted to carry their inhalers, bee sting kits, and anaphylactic kits with them. In such cases, the student must demonstrate responsible behavior in the care and use of the medication and the capability and the skill for self-administration. A student shall immediately notify the school nurse (or his/her designee) following each use.
It is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to inform the school of any medication changes that may impact a student's school performance. A written order of the prescribing physician must accompany any change in medication. A request for long-term medication administration at school must be updated each new school year.
Medication not prescribed by a licensed physician should not be sent to school with the student. Students, who are caught in possession of medication or other controlled substances, prescribed or otherwise, will be considered in violation of this Board policy and Board policy 227 and will be subject to disciplinary actions, which may include suspension from school or expulsion. It is specifically understood and acknowledged that district employees shall not be held liable for actions in administering or failing to administer any medication.
Unused medication shall be picked up from the school by the parent/guardian at the end of the prescribed period or at the end of the school year, whichever is earlier. Any medication not picked up will be disposed of by the district. Unused medication will not be returned directly to students. The exception to this will be eye drops, approved self-carry inhalers and epi-pens, which may be sent home with the student.