Mecklenburg County Public Schools
Medication Administration Guidelines
Administering prescriptive and over-the-counter medication during school hours is a complex issue. The following guidelines have been established to ensure that all medicines are administered under the safest possible conditions.
Parental consent must be obtained before a medication is given to a student (form on other side). The prescribing healthcare professional’s signature is required for all prescription medicines and for over-the-counter medication if requested administration exceeds manufacturer’s guidelines. The school nurse can get a Dr.’s signature by fax if necessary.
Prescription medications must be in the original container and labeled with the student’s name, name of medication, directions for administration, and licensed prescriber’s name. School personnel will label over-the-counter medication containers with student’s name and date.
Pills that need to be split should be split before delivery to school
Parental permission and licensed healthcare professional’s orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year, or whenever there is a new or changed order.
Medications in plastic bags or other non-original containers are not acceptable. Medications sent to school in this manner will not be administered to students.
Parent/guardian, or adult authorized by parent/guardian, should deliver medication to school – medications cannot be transported by students. Exceptions to this rule include: students authorized to carry their own asthma medications or epipens, AND 9th – 12th graders who are allowed to carry one day’s dose of over the counter medication with written parent consent.
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