The following guidelines identify procedures and practices regarding the administration of student medications during the school day. It is recommended that parents review the complete health and medication policies available in each school office. Questions should be directed to the school nurse or principal.
1. Every effort should be made to give all doses of medication at home. Normally, medication to be given three times per day can be given at home (e.g., before school, after school, at bedtime). If a medication must be administered four or more times per day, one or more doses will likely need to be taken during the school day.
2. Only medications prescribed by a physician for a particular child will be given during school hours. Written instructions from the physician are required. Any change in dosage or medication must be accompanied by a physician’s note.
3. All medications must be clearly marked with a prescription label bearing the child’s name, type of medication, dosage, and time to be given.
4. For the safety of all students, medication must be bought right to the health office. Enough medication should be left at school for the duration of the prescription. If you have questions about sending medications to school please contact your school nurse.
5. Over-the-counter medications: Per Standing Orders from the school physician, school nurses may administer Tylenol/Acetaminophen, Motrin/Ibuprofen, and Tums as needed for student illness. Parent permission for use of these is obtained on the annual Student Emergency Medical Card. All other over-the-counter medications will not be administered in school unless accompanied by a physician’s note specifying the medication, dosage, and timing of the medication. Children will not be permitted to take medication on their own during school hours.
6. One exception to the above protocol involves the use of asthma inhalers and EpiPens. Asthma inhalers and EpiPens may be carried by students in grades six through twelve during the school day if deemed necessary by the child’s parent and doctor. An Asthma/EpiPen Carry Policy must be completed. In addition to other information, this form includes verification of the student’s knowledge and competency to self-medicate. The form also includes a statement relieving the school and its employees of any responsibility for the benefits or consequences of the medication or for ensuring that the medicine is taken. It should be noted that the prescribed inhaler is for the intended individual’s use only and must not be shared with others. Violation of this policy shall result in immediate confiscation of the inhaler and loss of the privilege to self-medicate.
Students who self-administer their emergency medication or inhalers should notify the nurse as soon as possible after using the medication. The nurse will assess the health of the student, document the use of the medication, and arrange for further medical attention, as needed. All inhalers or EpiPens should be labeled with the child's name.
7. When the school nurse is in the building, the school nurse will administer medication. Any parent who wishes to come to school to administer medication to their own child may do so. Parents must check in at the Main Office upon arrival.
8. End of the year: Please contact your school nurse to discuss pick-up or disposal of your child’s medication.
SSD Asthma & Epi-pen Carry Form
SSD School Administration of Medication
For chronic condition medication administration permission please see the Chronic Medical Condition Action Plans section below.