Series Name
Policy Name
Use of Medications
Adoption Date
Revision Date

Administration of Medication

At School No medication shall be administered to a student without the written and dated consent of the student's parent. The consent of the parent shall be valid only for the period specified on the consent form and in no case longer than the current school or program year. The Parent Permission to Give Over-the-Counter Medication form must be on file in the nurse’s office in order for any nonprescription medicine to be administered to a student. Registered school nurses may dispense acetaminophen, ibuprofen or other remedies which have been purchased over the counter when in their professional judgment, such remedies are warranted, unless the parents or physician of the student have given instructions to the contrary. Prior to dispensing such medication, the school nurse shall inquire of students whether they are allergic to same.

All prescription medicine, including injectable medicine, and all blood glucose tests by finger prick to be administered to a student must be accompanied by a physician's prescription, a copy of the original prescription, or the pharmacy label. If the medication is to be terminated prior to the date on the prescription, the written and dated consent or withdrawal of consent of the parent is required. The written consent of the parent and the written order of the physician shall be kept on file.

No student shall be allowed to keep medicine at school except as provided by state law. Any medicine to be administered to a student shall be brought to either the principal's or school nurse's office where it will be kept in a secure place. The medication will be administrated to the student by the school nurse or a person designated by the school nurse or designated by the school principal.

A student with a chronic disease or medical condition may possess and self-administer medication for such if the parent has filed an authorization with the school to do so. The authorization must include the physician’s statement in writing that:

A. the student has an acute or chronic disease or medical condition for which the physician has prescribed medication;

B. the student has been instructed in how to self-administer the medication; and

C. the nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the medication.

Medication shall be administered in accordance with the parent's statement (in the case of nonprescription medicine) or the physician's order (in the case of prescription medicine) only by a school nurse or other employee(s) designated in writing by the school principal. All administration of medicine shall be documented in writing. Any designated employee who is responsible for administering injectable insulin or a blood glucose test by finger prick shall receive proper training from a practitioner or a registered nurse and such training shall be documented in writing by the practitioner or registered nurse and kept on file in the school building office.

Unused medicine by a student may be sent home through the student’s parent or an individual who is at least 18 years old and is designated in writing by the student’s parent to receive the medication. Unused medicine may be sent home with the student only with the written permission of the student’s parent.

Legal Reference:

IC 34-30-14

IC 20-33-8-13

IC 20-34-3-18

511 IAC 7-36-9

Policy References

I.C. 20-33-8-0.5
I.C. 20-34-3-18
I.C. 34-4-16.5-3.5
511 IAC 7-21-8