Medication Policy

Procedures regarding use and administration of medications:

Diagnosis and treatment of illness and the prescribing of drugs and medications are never the responsibility of a school and should not be practiced by any school personnel. It is the expectation of the District that all students medications be administered by a parent at home. However, the District acknowledges that some students may require prescribed medication during the school day. If medication is necessary during school hours, it will be administered in compliance with appropriate law and School District administrative procedures, which are listed below.

For the Licensed School Nurse or designated person(s) to administer a prescription medication to a student at school, District Health Form M-2 should be submitted, which requires parent/guardian and health care provider signatures.

If a parent/guardian and health care provider feel it is in the best interest of the student to self-administer medication, School District Health Form M-4 should be submitted to the Licensed School Nurse.

Forms M-2 and Form M-4 require the student's name, school, name of medication, purpose of medication, time(s) to be administered, dosage, estimated date of termination, and both the parent/guardian(s) and health care provider(s) signatures.

When medication is to be administered by a school nurse of designee, or self administered by the student,

1.The medication must be supplied in the original prescription bottle or container and be properly labeled by a pharmacist or physician.

2.The medication will only be administered or self-administered in a manner consistent with the physician's or health care professional's order and consistent with generally accepted medical practices. The school nurse may request to receive further information about the prescription, if needed, prior to administration or self-administration of the medication.

3.The school nurse or designee, shall:

a. Inform appropriate school personnel of the medication.

b. Administer the medication per physician's orders.

c. Keep a record of the administration of medication.

d. Keep medication in a locked cabinet. Prescription medications shall be left with the appropriate school district personnel, except as specific on the Self Administration Medication Form M-4.

4.The parents of the student shall assume responsibility for immediately informing the school nurse of any change in the student's health or change in medication and for immediately providing a new medical authorization or container labeled with new pharmacy or physician instructions.

5. A copy of this policy shall be provided to parents upon their request for administration of medication in the schools.
This is School District Health Form M-1.

Nonprescription medication, including but not limited to aspirin and nutritional supplements, shall not be administered to students under any circumstances by school personnel apart from this process. Students observed by school personnel self administering unauthorized medications shall be reported to their parents.

This medication policy shall apply to all students regardless of age.

The following items are not covered by this Medication Policy:

1. Special health treatments such as catheterization, tracheostomy suctioning, and gastrostomy feedings;

2. Emergency health procedure, including emergency administration of medications that are deemed necessary in the judgement of school personnel who are present or available, when the risk to the student's life or health is of such a nature that medications should be administered on an emergency basis without delay;

3. Medications provided or administered by a public health agency to prevent or control an illness or a disease outbreak;

4. Medications used off school grounds, except on school sponsored field trips for which a field trip health medication permission form must be completed and signed by a parent;

5. Medications used in connection with athletics or extracurricular activities; or

6. Medications used in connection with activities that occur before or after the regular school day.

The School District shall not administer medications for circumstances involving numbers five and six above.

Reference: MN Dept of Education Guidelines
Minnesota Statute 121A.22 Nurse Practice Act
School Health Manual