Medication at School: What Parents Need to Know
If your child needs to take medication at school, including over-the-counter medications, here are some important rules and policies to follow:
If you have questions, please contact your school nurse or Amy Wehr, Supervisor, Wellness and Health Services at 636-733-2008. View the complete Policy for Administering Medication at School - Policy 2870.
- Medications must be brought to school by the parent or another responsible adult in the original container.
- All medication is to be taken to the nurse's office for secured, locked storage.
- Prescription medications must be in a prescription-labeled container; the label stating the child's name, current date, name of medication and directions for administration.
- Over-the-counter medications must be in their original containers.
- Parent permission forms must accompany any kind of medication. Physician requests also must accompany over-the-counter medications and any prescription medication to be given differently than stated in the label directions.
- School nurses have standing orders from our district consulting physician to administer some medications. These include acetaminophen, antacid chewable tablets, ibuprofen, cough drops (only grades 6-12), albuterol and epinephrine (Epi-pen). These medications may be given according to package labeling based on the nurse’s assessment of your child and his/her symptoms. Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns in regards to these medications and your child.
- If your child has asthma and you and your child's physician believe it necessary for your child to carry a "rescue" inhaler, as opposed to keeping it in the nurse's office, please contact your school nurse.
- In grades nine through 12 only, students may carry over-the-counter medications and self-administer these medications, if: the medications are in their original containers; and the authorization form is filled out on file with the nurse office.