Medications at School

The school nurse has offices at the elementary buildings. For middle and high school level, the nurse is available to come on an as-needed basis for illness or injuries.

Except as specified below, when medications are needed during the school day, a parent should submit a completed form to the clinic/office along with medication in its original container.

Non-prescription medications

  • K3–grade 5
    • The elementary clinic stocks Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Vaseline, hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion and cough drops. Cough drops sent from home must be given to the teacher or kept in the clinic.
    • For other non-prescription medications: submit a Non-Prescription Meds Form and the medication in its original container.
  • Grades 6–8
    • The office is equipped with thermometers. Other medications are not stocked except for Benadryl, which is for emergency use only.
    • For other non-prescription medications, submit a Non-Prescription Meds Form and the medication in its original container.
  • Grades 9–12
    • The office is equipped with thermometers. Other medications are not stocked except for Benadryl, which is for emergency use only.
    • Students carry their own non-prescription medications (for personal use only).

Prescription medications (K3–grade 12): submit a Prescription Meds Form and medication in its original container

Inhaler: submit a Prescription Meds Form

  • K3–grade 5: inhaler kept at clinic
  • Grades 6–8: inhaler kept at office; student may pick up the inhaler from the office when going to classes/activities outside the building
  • Grades 9–12: student carries the inhaler; also submit the Self-Administered Meds Form

Epinephrine injector: submit an Anaphylaxis Form

  • K3–grade 5: injector kept at clinic
  • Grades 6–8: injector kept at office; student may pick up the injector from the office when going to classes/activities outside the building
  • Grades 9–12: student carries the injector; also submit the Self-Administered Meds Form

Self-administered insulin: Self-Administered Meds Form

  • K3–grade 8: insulin kept at clinic/office
  • Grades 9–12: student carries the insulin

School trips

  • K3–grade 5: school nurse gives medications and information needed to the teacher going with the students
  • Grades 6–12: parent gives medication, in its original bottle and with a completed school trip medication form, to the trip sponsor

Under federal law, prescription medication can be taken only by the person for whom it is prescribed. Misuse of prescription medication (including giving or receiving it) may result in suspension or expulsion.

School personnel do not administer medication past its expiration date. Parents are responsible to know the expiration date of any medication brought to school and to replace it before its expiration.

School personnel do not administer medication that is not FDA approved. Because strong scents can trigger asthma attacks, headaches and allergy symptoms, please avoid or minimize use of essential oils or scented lotions on your child.

At school periodic checks for lice significantly decrease their spread. Checks are done by parents who have been trained by the school nurse.