Medication at School
In compliance with the California Education Code 49423, when an employee of the school district gives medication to a student, the employee must be acting in accordance with the written directions of a physician and with the written permission of the student’s parent or legal guardian. These authorizations must be renewed whenever the prescription changes and at the beginning of each school year. The prescription label on the container is not acceptable as a physician’s statement. Over-the-counter medications will be given if prescribed by a physician or dentist.
ALL MEDICATION BROUGHT FROM HOME MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER AND KEPT IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE. THIS INCLUDES NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION. THE SCHOOL CANNOT FURNISH ANY MEDICATION, INCLUDING ASPIRIN. We require all medications to be stored in the nurse’s office and be administered only when the physician’s and parent’s/guardian’s signed permissions are on file. Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession at school, walking to and from school, or on the school bus. This practice provides for the safety of all students on campus. The only exception to this policy is if the student’s physician has given the student permission to carry and self administer either an inhaler or an epi pen.
School personnel cannot give medication brought to school in a plastic bag, plasticware, or any other repackaging. No out-of-date medication will be given. An adult must bring the medication to school along with the completed authorization form.
If you anticipate a visit to your student’s physician or dentist and expect that medication may be prescribed or the dosage changed, please stop by the school office for the appropriate forms or you may download the form by clicking on the link below.