Medication Policy from 2019-2020 Parent/Student Handbook
Administering Medicine to Students
Non-prescription medications, such as Tylenol, cough syrup, etc. are not to be brought to school for students UNLESS prescribed in writing by a doctor/physician or other licensed medication prescriber.
No school personnel shall administer to any student, nor shall any student possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed School Medication Authorization Form (written form) is filed with the school. This form shall be completed annually by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and physician and shall be on file at the school building that the child attends. This form shall be filed prior to the dispensation of any medication to a student and the form shall specify the times at which the medication must be dispensed and the appropriate dosage. Get the Medication Authorization Form
Teachers and other non-administrative school employees, except certified school nurses, shall not be required to administer medication to students. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for administering medication to their children. In addition to the school nurse, district administration is allowed to administer medications during the school day if necessary to students. Administering medication during school hours or during school-related activities is discouraged unless it is necessary for the critical health and well-being of the student.
Only oral medications prescribed by a licensed physician for prolonged or chronic illnesses or disabilities should be given in the schools by school district personnel. No inoculations will be administered by any school district personnel.
The school district maintains the right to reject the administration of medicine, and shall under no circumstances assume liability for any act or omission in carrying out instructions of any physician.
Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to students, including the administration of medication.
All medications dispensed in schools shall be prescribed by an Illinois licensed prescriber. Students who require medication during the school day may bring the medication to school following these guidelines:
A. A written order for the medication must be obtained from the student’s licensed prescriber. The order shall include possible side effects and other information recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.
B. Medication must be brought to the school in the original package or an appropriately labeled container.
1. Prescription drugs shall display:
a. Student’s name
b. Prescription number
c. Medication and dosage
d. Administration route and/or other directions
e. Date and refill
f. Licensed prescriber’s name
g. Pharmacy name, address, and phone number
h. Name or initials or pharmacist
2. Non-prescription drugs shall be brought to school and stored with the manufacturer’s original label indicating the ingredients and the student’s name shall be affixed to the container.
a. Non-prescription drugs such as over-the-counter pain relievers; cough drops or syrup; ear, nose, or eye drops; or other medications not prescribed by a physician will not be administered by the school.
C. No more than two weeks dosage shall be brought to the school at any one time.
D. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be responsible at the end of the treatment regime for removing from the school any unused medication that was prescribed for their child. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) do not pick up the medication by the end of the school year, the certified school nurse will discard the medication in the presence of a witness.