Students may receive or self-administer medication at school when medication is medically necessary for health or learning and must be taken during the school day. Medication must be prescribed by a licensed physician. Alternative medications, such as herbal or homeopathic medications that are not tested by the US Food and Drug Administration for safety or effectiveness, lack safety information and therefore cannot be administered or taken at school.
Self-administration of Emergency Medications
At all school levels, students may self-medicate with emergency prescription medication if they have permission to do so documented on their Parent and Physician Order for Medication form.
State law allows students who have met certain conditions to carry and self-administer emergency medication during the school day and at all school-sponsored after-school events, including transportation to and from events, for asthma and severe, life-threatening allergies (anaphylaxis). This does include asthma inhalers and injectable epinephrine.
The parent or guardian must provide the school with a completed Parent and Physician Order for Medication form.
The student must be observed and certified by the School Nurse to be able to self-administer medications.
Controlled substances may be administered in the school setting with a completed medication form. Controlled substances may be self-administered and self-carried only in Middle School or High School. Medication should be in a container dispensed by a pharmacy that includes the student’s name, name of medication, date prescription was filled and directions clearly marked. Students that self-carry should carry no more than a daily dose at any time.