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Medications and Medication Administration Policy


The school physician has given permission for students to receive acetaminophen (Tylenol®), ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®), diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), and Tums® at the school with a completed Medication Administration Permission section of the Student Emergency Health form found on the Health Portal ( under forms. A brief health assessment will be done by the School Nurse to determine need. This will include checking for fever, pain from an injury or orthodontic procedures, headache, etc.

Note:  Loratadine (Claritin®) and cetirizine (Zyrtec®) have also been ordered by the school physician but parents must supply these medications to be kept in the Health Office for their student. 

Other medications (anything not listed above) to be administered during the school day (both prescription and over-the-counter) need to have a health care provider's written order, parent/guardian permission, and must be supplied by the parent/guardian. Medications (including inhalers and EpiPens) must not be brought to school or used by any student without a health care provider’s written order as well as documented permission of the student’s parent/guardian and the School Nurse. If a student requires over-the-counter medication or prescription medication while in school, it should be brought to the Nurse’s Office at the beginning of the day in the original container by a responsible adult. 

No student is permitted to self-administer any medication at school (including inhalers, EpiPens, and over-the-counter medication) without a health care provider's written order, documented parent/guardian permission, and prior authorization by the School Nurse. Student’s over the age of eighteen do not need parental permission but must comply with the school’s medication policy.

Medication Administration Policy

Any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, that needs to be administered during school hours, must be done so with the authorization of the School Nurse. No student may carry either prescription or over-the-counter medication including inhalers, at school without the permission of the School Nurse.

All medication brought to school must be properly labeled and in its original container. A health care provider’s order must accompany all medication brought to school.  A parent/guardian must also complete a Medication Administration Permission document or other note with the following information:

  • Name of student and date of birth
  • Name of medication
  • Reason for administration in school
  • Dosage
  • Dosage interval (i.e., every 4 hours)
  • Duration of administration (i.e., one week)
  • List of food or drug allergies
  • Name of student’s physician (or prescribing healthcare provider)
  • Potential side effects (if any)
  • Parent/Guardian emergency telephone contact numbers.

With parent/guardian permission, the School Nurse can administer acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®) diphenhydramine (Benadryl®),Tums®, loratadine (Claritin®), and cetirizine (Zyrtec®) to students under the age of 18 (parent/guardian permission is not required for students over the age of 18). The School Nurse or other designated school personnel will do a nursing assessment and brief health history update to determine need. This will include observation for possible fever, pain from injury, orthopedic or orthodontic procedures, headache, etc. The dosage of the medication has been determined by the protocol established by the School Physician and is on file in the Nurse’s Office.

If your child requires administration of medication while at school (i.e., Ritalin, insulin, inhalers, etc.) or emergency medication treatment (i.e., EpiPen) please go to the Health Portal ( to complete the Medication Order Form and Parent/Guardian Consent necessary for administration.

Please contact the School Nurse at with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

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