Medication at School
It is best practice to take medication at home. If medication needs to be taken three times a day, it would be ideal if the student takes the first dose in the morning before leaving home, takes the second dose upon arriving home from school, and then takes the third dose and last dose for the day at bedtime. Such a schedule would provide a more even spacing for the administration of the medication.
When it is necessary for the medication to be administered during the school day, the medication must be delivered to the school nurse in the original container, properly labeled by the pharmacy or primary care manager/provider, stating the name of the student, the medication, dosage, route, time of administration, and current date of issue.
Contact the school nurse for the required Medication Consent Form. This form must be filled out and signed by the prescribing medical provider and signed by the sponsor/parent/guardian. The sponsor/parent/guardian needs to bring the signed form and the medication to the school nurse. If the school nurse is not present, the signed form and medication must be presented to the school principal, acting principal, or health aide for safekeeping. It is acceptable for parents to bring in self-purchased over-the-counter medication to be kept in the health office for their child’s use at school, but they must be accompanied by a physician’s prescription and signed parental consent form.
In some rare situations, students are allowed to keep their rescue or emergency medicine with them while in school or at school-related activities. The student’s prescribing primary care manager must provide a written statement that the student must be in control of his or her medication due to a life-threatening medical condition. The parent must provide written consent for the medication to stay with the student. See the school nurse to obtain appropriate form for medications to be administered during school hours or for a student to self-carry emergency medication.
Students may not share medications (including non-prescription medications) at school or at school-sponsored events.