Medications at School

Medication at School

Most medications can be given at home, outside of school hours. However, if medication is needed during the school day, your help is needed to make this safe and effective for your child. This includes providing written permission from the prescriber, sending the medication in proper containers, and information about the reason the medication is needed.

Prescription medication :

  • Taken short term for an illness. This medication can be given without the medication form signed by a physician as long as the medication comes to school with a pharmacy label indicating proper student, dosage, and length of treatment time.
  • Long term medications such as: daily oral pills, inhalers, ointments, … Must have a medication form signed by a physician.
  • All controlled medications must be delivered to school by an adult. It is not okay to give the medication to the bus driver or placed in child’s backpack.
  • When there is a change in medication (type, dosage, time of day) a new medication form needs to be filled out and signed by the medical provider.
  • The school does have a neutralizer machine if an asthmatic child is in need of breathing treatments while in school. The medication for the breathing treatment is provided by the student.


Over the counter medication:

  • The school provides: Tylenol, ibuprofen, tums, cough drops, bandages, caladryl lotion, and other types of medical care for acute needs.
  • The parent/guardian gives permission for these treatments when filling out the health history form.  The parent is often called even if permission is given so there is communication between the school and the guardians about the child’s health concerns.
  • If a child has a skin condition such as ring worm, rash, … Please inform the school that the child has this and is receiving daily treatment. This ointment can also be applied at school with parent permission.

 High school students:

  • Can have their inhaler and any over the counter medication in their locker.
  • All controlled or prescription medications must be kept in the nurses office at all times.

Communication is Key to helping the school provide the best care for your child.