Medication may be administered during the school day under the following
- When it has been determined by a physician/nurse practitioner that the medication must be administered during school hours.
- When there is a physician/nurse practitioner's written order signed by the parent or guardian requesting the school to administer the medication on the form included with this regulation.
- When the medication is brought to school in its original container stating the dosage and method of administration prescribed by a physician/nurse practitioner. If over-the-counter medication is prescribed by physician/nurse practitioner, it must be brought to school with safety seal intact.
- When expiration date on medication is checked and found to be current.
Note: All medications should be entered in the log book maintained for that purpose in each school. A locked storage space will be provided for medications stored at school.
B. Guidelines for Self-Administration of Medications
Self-administration of medication is a privilege which can be taken away if medication
policies are abused or ignored. Self-administration of medication during the school day
may occur only under the following conditions:
- When it has been determined that the medication must be self-administered during school hours and there is a physician/nurse practitioner's written order signed by the parent or guardian requesting the self-administration of the medication.
- When the student has demonstrated to the physician/nurse practitioner his/her capability for self-administration and an understanding that medication is not to be shared.
- When the student notifies the appropriate school personnel (such as teachers, principals, nurse/health assistants, coaches, etc.) of the self-administration of medication.
C. Guidelines for Disposing of Medications
Proper disposal of medications at school depends on the physical properties of the
medication to be discarded:
- Liquid medication should be poured down the drain in the sink.
- Tablets should be flushed down the commode.
- Injectable medications (i.e. epipens, insulin needles, glucagon, etc.) after use should be placed in a Contaminated Materials Container for sharps and disposed of as per OSHA standards and regulations.
- Any needle/syringe found on school property should be placed in a Contaminated Materials Container for sharps and disposed of as per OSHA standards and regulations.
Note: Do not dispose of any medications in the trash can. When handling a needle/syringe, care must be taken to avoid touching the needle at all times. Never recap a needle.
Approved by Superintendent: September 13, 1988
Revised by Superintendent: May 15, 1996
Revised by School Board: June 6, 2000