The front of 5th Street School on a sunny day.


The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically prescribed treatments of a student during school hours is permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, or the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours.


            “Medication” shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a physician and any over-the-counter drugs, preparations, and/or remedies.  “Treatment” refers both to the manner in which a medication is administered and to health-care procedures which require special training, such as catheterization.


            Before any medication or treatment may be administered by school personnel to any student during school hours, there must be a written prescription from the child’s physician for all prescription drugs accompanied by the written authorization of the parent or guardian.  In the case of non-prescription drugs, preparations, or remedies, a written authorization from the parent or guardian must be on file prior to the administration of the treatment.  These documents must be on file in the offices of the school nurse and are valid for the current school year only.


            Only medication in its original container; labeled with the date, if a prescription; the student’s name; and exact dosage will be administered.  Parents, or students authorized in writing by the physician and parent or guardian, may administer medication or treatment.  Inhalers/emergency medications may be carried by the student only if a written note is received from the doctor stating it is necessary.


            The administration by school staff of any medication requiring intravenous or intramuscular injection or the insertion of a device into the body when both the medication and the procedure are prescribed by a physician and the staff member has completed any necessary training will be permitted.


            Students who may require administration of an emergency medication may have medication stored in the school nurse’s office and administered in accord with the above policy.


            Unused medicine by students in kindergarten through grade 8 must be sent home only through the student’s parent/guardian or by an individual who is at least 18 years old and is designated in writing by the students parent to receive the medication for pick up.  For students in grade 9 through 12, unused medicine may be sent home with the student only with written  permission of the student’s parent.  All unused medication not picked up by the proper person by dismissal time on the last day of the school year will be destroyed.