Schools must assure that medications administered to students are given in a way that assures safety and compliance with state law and school policies and procedures.

Only the school nurse, the student’s parent/guardian, or the school nurse’s trained designee may administer medication in the school setting. Medication (prescription and non prescription) may only be administered with school nurse approval.


1. Written orders from a physician detailing the name of the student, the drug name and dosage, reason for giving and time medication is to be given must be received by the school nurse or the designee of the school nurse before the medication can be given. A renewal of a long-term medication order is required each school year.

2. Written permission from parent/ guardian of the student requesting that the school comply with the physician’s order should accompany the physician’s order.

3. Medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or medical home.

4. Medication shall be kept in the school health office. Students with chronic illnesses (e.g. seizure disorders, cystic fibrosis, diabetes etc) who are responsible for administering their own medications should be allowed to continue the practice. Those students wishing to carry their own medication at school must have a physician’s order to do so and a safe place to keep the medicine. The school nurse must instruct the student in the safe use of the medicine at school before the student can carry the medicine on his/her own. It will be determined on an individual basis under what conditions the school nurse or designee needs to be notified of medication usage.


Non prescription medication will be administered with detailed written permission, signed by the parent or with documented verbal permission obtained by either the school nurse or her designee, that is followed by written parental permission. The medicine must be in the original labeled container and dispensed according to pharmaceutical guidelines.