J - Students

Administering Medicines to Students

The School Board discourages the administering of medicines on school premises. Medication will be administered at school only if it is essential to a student’s health as determined by a licensed health professional. The intent of this policy is to assure safe and efficient administration of medication in school for those students who require it.

The board disclaims any and all responsibility for the diagnosis, prescription of treatment and administration of medication for all student and for any injury arising from a students self-administration of medication.

Medications administered in school must meet the following conditions:

  1. The need for medication is based on either an acute or long-term condition.
  2. Whenever possible, the time of administration should be altered to allow a student to receive all doses at home. This includes all medication prescribed “three times a day” as well as “two times a day.” Only those medications prescribed “every 6 hours” or “4 times a day” will need to be given at school.
  3. Students, in special situations, are allowed to carry medication (certain emergency medications) with agreement between the parent, school nurse, and physician. This would include the use of a prescribed inhaler for asthma or an epipen to be used in the case of a severe allergic episode. A student’s parent and physician must complete the emergency asthma/allergy plan.
  4. If a physician determines that a prescription medication must be given during the school day, then the parent and the physician must sign the medication permission form. The medication must be brought to school by the parent or adult guardian in its original pharmacy container labeled with
    • First and Last name of the student
    • Name of medication
    • Dosage of medication
    • Instructions for administration (dose and time)
    • Name of physician
    • Date medication was ordered
  5. Over the counter (OTC) medications that are covered through a standing order by the school physician may be given to students with parent signed permission. This written permission is to be obtained from the parent on an annual basis.
  6. Parent completes and signs medication permission form and returns to nurse. The parent is responsible for notifying the school nurse of any changes in or discontinuation of a prescribed medication that is being administered to the student at school. All medication (including over the counter medication) must be kept in the school nurse’s office. Students are not allowed to carry any medication (with the exception of inhalers and epipens). Medication will be dispensed by the school nurse or trained school employee.
  7. The school nurse shall maintain a record including the request, the approvals, details of dosage and timing of medication and notation of each instance of administration.
  8. Teaching staff members may be provided with such information about the medication and its administration as may be in the student’s best interest.
  9. The school will accommodate students requiring administration of medication during field trips by providing the appropriate number of doses needed for the duration of the field trip.
  10. All medication must be picked up at the end of the school year. Any medication left at school will be discarded.

Legal Reference: 
20-A MRSA 254
Cross Reference:
Adopted: Prior to 1982
Revised: June 8, 1992; February 1, 2005, February 9, 2006