Medication received for students through the nurse’s or school office will be administered by a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or designated school personnel trained and supervised by the registered professional nurse. Staff members other than those designated by the school nurse are not to provide medications to students under any circumstance.
Medications are administered through the nurse’s or school office and must meet the following guidelines:
- Prescription medication from a physician or other health professional, licensed by a state regulatory body as an authorized prescriber will be administered.
- Over-the-counter medications must come in the original manufacturer’s packaging. This includes acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cough syrup, cough drops. We do not give homeopathic preparations or any other medication for therapeutic affect that is not FDA regulated.
- Prescribed medication must have a pharmaceutical label that includes the following: student’s name, current date, name of medication and specific instructions for administration, and name of prescribing healthcare provider.
- In most cases, it should not be necessary to administer more than one dose of medication during a school day. Medication should be given at home when possible
- The first dose of a new medication will not be administered at school.
- A Request to Administer Medication form must be completed and signed annually by a parent/guardian for each medication administered at school.
- A new Request to Administer Medication form will also be completed at the time of a medication dose change.
- Medication must be delivered to the school by a parent/guardian or other designated adult. A one-month supply of a student’s medicine can be stored at school.
- The nurse will not administer medication amounts exceeding the recommended daily dosage indicated by the manufacturer. (Unless a written note signed by a physician is presented to the nurse).
- Medications for students under the age of 12 must be children’s strength unless student has a current doctor’s order for adult strength.
- Students and siblings cannot share inhalers at school.
- Students cannot store medication in the school office or in a teacher's desk for self-administration
Self-Administration of Medication by Students
- Students are not allowed to carry any medication that is not considered a lifesaving classified medication according to Missouri Law 167.627.
- Any child who will be self-administering inhalers for asthma, auto-injector epi-pen for anaphylaxis, or insulin pen for diabetes must have on file with the school nurse an emergency action plan, medication permission for self-administration, and medication permission to administer.