Diagnosis, treatment of illness, and/or prescribing drugs and medications are the responsibility of physicians, not school personnel. School personnel will dispense only medications that have been prescribed by a health care provider. When possible, medication doses should be given at home to avoid interruptions in the school day.
If medication is needed during the school day:
- Parents/guardians must inform the building nurse. Students observed by school personnel self-administering unauthorized medications shall be reported to their parents/guardians.
- A Medication authorization form is required for the administration of all medications. The form must include the student's name, diagnosis, name of medication, dosage information, time to be given, and signatures of parent/guardian and physician.
- All medication must be provided in pharmacy-labeled containers that indicate pharmacy name and telephone number, student's name, physician, and name and dosage of medication. Parents/guardians should ask the pharmacy to split medication into duplicate bottles if it is necessary to give medication during school hours. One bottle will be kept at home and the other at school under the care of school authorities.
- Students will be allowed to carry and self-administer medications only with permission and a completed medication self-carry form.
Over-the-counter medicines will be administered to students only with a completed over-the-counter medication form. Over-the-counter medications must be in the original container.