Administering Medications to Students at School

  • All doses of medication should be administered by parents or guardians during non-school hours whenever possible and appropriate.

    Prescription Medication

    ACPS personnel may give prescription medication to children only with a physician's written order or prescription and a signed request from a parent or guardian. Such medicine must be in the original container. ACPS personnel will follow all the written orders of the prescribing physician.

    Non-prescription Medication

    ACPS personnel may give non-prescription medications to students only with the written permission from a parent or guardian. Such permission shall include the name of the medication, the required dose of the medication, and the time the medicine is to be given. Such medicine must be in the original container. In order for non-prescription medication to be given to a student for more than five consecutive days, written permission from the child's physician shall be required.

    Students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 may be permitted to possess a medically necessary non-prescription medication only with the written consent of a parent or guardian setting forth the type/name of the medication and a defined period for such possession. Such medicine must be in the original container. The written consent shall be kept on file with the relevant school.

    "Medically necessary" means that the non-prescription medication is indicated for the student's relevant condition or symptoms.

    Self-Administration of Asthma Medication

    Students with a diagnosis of asthma or anaphylaxis, or both, are permitted to possess and self-administer inhaled asthma medications or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both, as the case may be in accordance with this policy during the school day, at school-sponsored activities, or while on a school bus or other school property. In order for a student to possess and self-administer asthma medication or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both, the following conditions must be met:

    • written parental consent that the student may self-administer inhaled asthma medications or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both, must be on file with the school
    • written notice from the student's primary care provider must be on file with the school, indicating the identity of the student, stating the diagnosis of asthma or anaphylaxis, or both, and approving self-administration of inhaled asthma medications or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both, that have been prescribed for the student; specifying the name and dosage of the medication, the frequency in which it is to be administered and the circumstances which may warrant its use; and attesting to the student's demonstrated ability to safely and effectively self-administer the medication
    • an individualized health care plan must be prepared, including emergency procedures for any life-threatening conditions
    • information regarding the health condition of the student must be disclosed to school board employees complying with state and federal law governing the disclosure of information contained in the student scholastic records

    Permission granted to a student to possess and self-administer asthma medications or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both, will be effective for a period of 365 calendar days, and must be renewed annually. However, a student's right to possess and self-administer inhaled asthma medication or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both, may be limited or revoked after appropriate school personnel consult with the student's parents.