Whenever possible, medication should be given before or after school under the supervision of a parent/guardian. When absolutely necessary, medications can be administered in school on a daily, temporary, or as-needed basis under the supervision of a Certificated School Nurse.
Prescription and over-the counter medications need an order signed by a Licensed Health Care Provider (LHCP) for school. The order is valid for the current school year only. See below for the form you'll need.
Medications can be brought to school by the parent/guardian and stored in the Health Room. Students may also "self-carry" an asthma inhaler, epinephrine auto-injector or insulin.
Any medication in school needs the following before it can be administered/self-carried:
1. Orders: The form that you need depends on the type of medication. See below for the best form to use.
2. Correct Medication
MEDICATION ORDER FORMS
Authorization for Administration of Medication in School
This is a generic form for any medication. Use it for things like ADHD, Asthma, Pain, and other medications. The form needs to be filled out by a Licensed Health Care Provider and signed by a Parent/Guardian.
Ask your student’s endocrinologist to provide a School Health Plan for the school. It will have relevant orders in it and needs to be signed by a Parent/Guardian. Even if your student is completely self-sufficient in their diabetic care, they still need orders at school. A school nurse must confirm all orders and supplies are in place at the school before the student can attend.
Authorization for Administration of Emergency Anticonvulsant in School
This form is for students with seizure diagnosis that have been prescribed an emergency anticonvulsant (Diastat, Midazolam, etc.) It needs to be filled out by a Licensed Health Care Provider and signed by a Parent/Guardian. A school nurse must confirm the order and medications are in place at your student’s school before they can attend. A seizure care plan may be required from your healthcare provider.
Authorization for Administration of Medication for Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction in School
This form is for Epinephrine Autoinjector (EpiPen, AuviQ, etc). It needs to be filled out by a Licensed Health Care Provider and signed by a Parent/Guardian. A school nurse must confirm the order and medications are in place at your student’s school before they can attend.
- Students with a Life-Threatening Condition must have orders and medications in place at their school before they can attend.
- Any medication that is not picked up from school on the last day of school will be destroyed. We cannot store student medications at school over summer break. Please coordinate pick-up details with your School Nurse.
- If your student is planning to attend summer programming, ensure their medical orders extend to August 31. If medications need to be transferred to the summer school program site inform your building nurse before the end of the school year.
School Board Policy 3416 : "Medication at School" is supported 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.