Administration of Medication

The school’s registered professional nurse may administer medication to a student during the school day under certain conditions. For the purpose of this policy, the term “medication” includes both prescription and non-prescription medications. The school must receive the following before medication will be administered to a student:

a) The original written order from the student’s physician stating the name of the medication, precise dosage, frequency, and time of administration;

b) Written, signed consent from the student’s parent or person in parental relation requesting the administration of the medication, as prescribed by the physician, to the student in school; and

c) The medication, properly labeled in its original container. It must be delivered to the school health office by the student’s parent or person in parental relation. The term “properly labeled,” in the context of this policy, means that the container must include the following information:  the student’s name, name of medication, dosage, frequency, and prescribing physician. A student is not permitted to carry any medication on his or her person in school, or on the school bus, or keep any medication in his or her school locker(s). Exceptions may apply, however, for students with asthma, diabetes, or allergies who may carry and self-administer medication under certain conditions.

All medication orders must be reviewed annually by school health office personnel or whenever there is a change in dosage.

Any medication that is not picked up by a parent or guardian at the end of the school year will be discarded by the School Nurse, per the New York State guidelines.

Sunscreen

Students may carry and use FDA-approved sunscreen products for over-the-counter use. The student’s parent or person in parental relation must provide written permission for the student to carry and use sunscreen, which will be maintained by the school. A student who is unable to physically apply sunscreen may be assisted by unlicensed personnel when directed to do so by the student, if permitted by a parent or person in parental relation, and authorized by the school.

SGI Policy Referenced: 7513 ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION