Guidelines for Administering Medication at School

  • In accordance with the Nurse Practice Act, Texas Code section 217.11, the school nurse has the responsibility and authority to clarify any medication order with the appropriate licensed practitioner and/or refuse to administer medication that, in the nurse’s judgment, is not in the best interest of the student.

    1. Any prescription or over the counter medication must be accompanied by a completed Medication Administration Request form and turned in to the school nurse. Download the form at the bottom of this webpage.
    2. For student safety, all medication should be brought to the clinic by the parent/guardian. 
    3. Medications are any pills, liquids, sprays, eye drops, ear drops, cough drops, or topically applied creams or ointments that are expected to relieve symptoms.
    4. Only medications that can NOT be given at home will be given at school.  Medication that is to be given three times a day may be given before school and right after school at home.
    5. Prescription medication must be in the original labeled pharmacy container and will be administered in compliance with the prescription instructions printed on the label.
      1. Ask your pharmacist to make a second labeled prescription bottle for medication to be taken at school. 
    6. Over the counter medication must be in the original, unopened container and age/weight appropriate.  Medication that exceeds the dosage on the label requires a prescription from your physician. 
    7. Sample medications from a doctor’s office must be accompanied by a written prescription from the physician. 
    8. Homeopathic medications, dietary supplements, and herbal supplements will ONLY be given if all the following requirements are met:
      1. Must be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and appear in the United States Pharmacopeia.
      2. Only medications/supplements that can NOT be given at home will be given at school.
      3. A written request will be required from a physician with the authority to write prescriptions. 
      4. Will be given in accordance with the student’s Individual Education Plan or 504 plan in accordance with Federal and State laws. 
    9. ONLY diabetic medication, asthma inhalers, or emergency epinephrine will be allowed as self-carry medications.  Written permission from parent AND physician is required for students to carry and self-administer these medications.  All other medications must be dispensed through the nurse’s office. 
    10. It is recommended that the first dose of any medication be given at home where the parents can monitor the effects. 
    11. Medication may be administered by the staff designated by the principle and trained by the school nurse. 
    12. Expired medication will not be given
    13. All medication not picked up by the last day of the school year by the parent will be disposed of.   

Wylie Medication Request Form

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