Administration of Medication During School Hours
It is recommended that, whenever possible, medication be administered before or after school under the direction of a parent/guardian. Occasionally, it is necessary for a child to receive medication during the school day. To comply with New York State Education Law, there are certain requirements which must be met before medication can be given to a student during school hours. These are:
- A written request from the child’s licensed prescriber and co-signed by the parent/guardian must be submitted annually, dated July 1 or later.
- Clear and definite directions by the licensed prescriber for diagnosis, dosage, route, time, and frequency of the prescribed medication must be submitted.
- An adequate supply of medication in the pharmacy-labeled original bottle must be brought directly to the school health office by the parent. (Do NOT send medication to school with a child).
- Any student who requires an EPI-PEN or Inhaler, must also fulfill the above medical documentation in order for him/her to carry the medication (grades 6-12) on his/her person during school hours and/or any extra curricular activity. The same must be adhered to for students in grades UPK- grade 5 (medications must remain in the nurse’s office).
- If a student is attending an overnight field trip, the family must supply the script (adhering to the above script guidelines) and the medication. This pertains to all medication taken both in school and at home.
- The medication will be kept secure in the Health Office in a locked cabinet. A form is available from the School Nurse and must be completed and returned to the school by the parent/guardian, along with a supply of medication and an original prescription before the medication can be administered in school.