Medication Administration at School

Administration of Medication to Students Students may need to take medication during the school day. Persons authorized to administer a medication or drug include a licensed registered nurse, physician, an authorized practitioner, persons who have successfully completed a medication administration course and delegated by the registered nurse, or the students’ parent/legal guardians, or the student may self-administer in certain circumstances as stated in the administrative guidelines. A medication administration course and periodic updates shall be conducted by a registered nurse or licensed pharmacist. A record of course completion will be maintained in the district’s health services office. 
 A drug is defined as: a substance recognized by an official pharmacopoeia or formulary. A substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. A substance (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body. 

ALL medications, over-the-counter (see Exception below) as well as prescribed, will require written and dated authorization from the parent(s) or guardian AND a legal prescriber (physician, dentist, podiatrist, physician assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner or another health care provider legally authorized to prescribe medications). 

A statement of the legal prescriber’s directions specifying frequency, amount, method of administration, and a description of anticipated reactions to and possible side effects of the medicine signed by the legal prescriber must be filed at the school. 

Exception for Middle School and High School
Non-prescription medication may be administered at the middle school and high school by the school nurse with only a parent or legal guardian's written/electronic request. Based upon assessment findings, a school nurse can determine if it is appropriate to administer the medication.