Medications at School

Medication at School Policy is approved by the School Board with advisement from the Certificated School Nurses. Public school districts provide for the administration of oral, topical, eye and ear drops and nasal spray medications to students who are in the custody of the school district or school at the time of administration and a valid reason exists. School Board Policy 8305 is outlines by the statutory guidelines of RCW 28A.210.260.

Nurses may delegate administration of some medications.  The provision of the nursing care delegation statute and regulations can be found under RCW.79.260 and WAC 246-840-010.

In order for a student to receive medication at school the following is required:

  1. Parent/guardian supplies a current and unexpired authorization for administration of medications at school form.  This form must include the name of the student, signature of a health professional, and signature of parent/guardian permission. This is required for over the counter medication as well as prescription medication.
  2. Parent/guardian supplied medication in a pharmaceutical or manufacturer's container. The bottle must include the name of the student, the medication and dosage schedule.
  3. The correct dosage of medication is required.  Tablets cannot be split at school.
  4. All medication received by the school is counted by school staff and parent/guardian or a designated adult when brought to school. The number of pills/capsules, or volume of medication should be recorded on a form and the form dated and signed by staff and parent/guardian.

It is preferable for medications to be dispensed before and/or after school hours under supervision of a parent/guardian.

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