ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
Whenever possible, medication should be given to students at home. However, if students must take medication at school, the following district policy must be followed:
- Prior to prescription or non-prescription medication being administered to any student in the district, an authorization for administration of medication form must be completed in detail. This is necessary to comply with the guidelines of the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician including the name of the medication and the dosage. If there is any change in a student’s dosage, a new authorization form will be required. Parents must notify the school when medication is discontinued.
- Non-prescription medication must be brought to school in the original container along with a completed medication authorization form. The authorization form must be signed by the physician and parent. Aspirin and other non-prescription medications will not be administered at school without proper written authorization.
- Medication will be dispensed only by the school health nurse or authorized school personnel. Students are not to carry medication on their persons or keep in lockers for themselves or other students.
- Except in extreme situations, it is the student’s responsibility to go to the nurse’s office to take medication. The nurse may take the medication to the student when she deems it necessary due to the student’s age or condition.
- All medications must be stored in a locked cabinet.
In order to promote optimal safety, medication must be delivered to the school health nurse or the principal by an adult. It should not be sent to school with a student.