Medication at School Requirements

Medication Requirements

Asthma Requirements
Students requiring rescue medication to be stored in the health office and administered by the nurse or designated certified staff personnel during school hours only:
  • General Medication form signed & dated by the student's health care provider and parent OR a copy of the pharmacy prescription label containing the name of the medication, the prescribed dosage, and the time and circumstances under which the medication is to be administered.
  • All medication prescription forms must be dated within the calendar school year and must provide beginning and ending dates within the calendar school year.
  • A one-time (or if condition changes) Asthma Assessment form is recommended.
  • Inhaler provided in the original pharmacy container marked with pharmacy label indicating the student's name, the specified medication, dosage and administration schedule.
  • Inhaler expiration date must be clearly marked.
  • Please provide the student's Asthma Action Plan (if available) to the school nurse.
Students who choose to self-carry and self-administer a quick acting asthma inhaler.  These students should be independent in the management of their asthma.
  • Written Authorization and Release of Liability form for self-carry/administration of a quick acting inhaler from the student's parent or guardian is required.
  • A copy of the pharmacy prescription label containing the name of the medication, the prescribed dosage and the time and circumstances under which the medication is to be administered OR a General Medication form signed and dated by a health care provider.
  • A one-time Asthma Assessment form is recommended.  (May be resubmitted if condition changes.)
  • The information provided shall be kept on file in the school health office.
  • Students are encouraged to keep an extra inhaler in the school health office.
For Life-Threatening Food and Non-Food Allergies Requirements
Students requiring rescue medication to be held in the health office and administered by the nurse or designated certified staff personnel during school hours must submit:
  • A Life-Threatening Food Allergy Action/Medication Plan OR A Life-Threatening Non-Food Allergy Action/Medication Plan form signed and dated by the student's health care provider.
  • Individual Care Plan on back side of Action/Medication Plan to be completed and signed by the parent/guardian.
  • A one-time History of Life-Threatening Food or Non-Food Allergy Form is recommended.  (May be updated and resubmitted if condition changes.)
  • Forms should be submitted to the school health office prior to the start of the school year.
  • Epinephrine must be provided in the original pharmacy container marked with pharmacy label indicating the student's name, the specific medication, dosage and administration schedule.
  • Benadryl provided in pharmacy premeasured packaging is preferred.
  • All medication prescription forms must be dated with in the calendar school year.
  • Medication must not expire during the prescribed course of administration.
Students who choose to self-carry and self-administer epinephrine auto-injector.  These students should be independent in the management of their life-threatening allergies.
  • Written Authorization and Release of Liability form for self-carry/administration of an auto-injector epinephrine from the student's parent or guardian is required.
  • Life-Threatening Food Allergy Action/Medication Plan or Life-Threatening Non-Food Allergy Action/Medication Plan signed by the student's health care provider is required.
  • A one-time History of Life-Threatening Food or Non-Food Allergy Form is recommended. (May be updated and resubmitted if condition changes.)
  • The information provided shall be kept on file in the school health office.
  • Students are encouraged to keep an extra epinephrine auto-injector in the school health office.
All Other Medication Requirements
  • Only those students with medical authorization and/or parent release of liability for approved rescue medications are permitted to self-carry and self-administer medication during school hours.
  • All other medication administration (over the counter and prescription) during school hours requires a general Medication Authorization Form signed and dated by the student's health care provider and the parent/guardian containing:
    • The name and purpose of the medication
    • The date of the order and the discontinuation date
    • The prescribed dosage and the time(s) of administration
    • The circumstances under which the medication is to be administered
    • The side effects of the medication
    • The signatures and dates of both the health care provider and the parent/guardian
End of School Year Requirements
  • All Student Medication kept in the Health Office during the school year MUST BE PICKED UP by a parent or responsible adult by the last day of school, or the medication will be disposed of as medical waste.