In compliance with Educational Code Section 49423, no pupil shall be given prescribed medication during school hours except upon written request from the parent or guardian of the pupil and from a licensed physician who has the responsibility for the medical management of the pupil. Medication includes all pills, drops, inhalants, lotions, ointments, and injections.
School personnel, if authorized by the school administrator, may assist pupils who must take prescribed medication during school hours through the use of the following procedures:
- A Request For Medication To Be Taken During School Hours form must be completed by the pupil’s physician, signed by the parent or guardian and placed on file with the office. This request form is available from the schools’ administrators.
- The original container must be clearly labeled with the pupil’s full name, physician’s name and telephone number, name of the medication, dosage, dose schedule and date of expiration.
- At no time is a pupil allowed to have vitamins, cough drops, throat lozenges, salt tablets, or medication in his/ her possession – e.g., pockets, lunchbox, backpack, cubbie. Vitamins and salt tablets should be administered at home while all other over-the-counter medications must be checked into the office. It is the parent’s responsibility (not the pupil’s) to bring such items to the office. The schools’ health clerk(s), the person(s) designated by the Director to give medications, will store and administer medication according to the written instructions.
- The school’s Director considers each case individually and has the authority to determine whether medication or a medical procedure can be administered safely at school.
- School personnel will not give hypodermic injections. The Director must specifically authorize any exceptions.
All allergies must be on record in the office with precautions and instructions for care.
If your child is on regular medication that is administered solely at home, the office must be kept informed in writing. One of the first questions asked by emergency practitioners is whether the child is currently on or allergic to any medication. Thus, it is the parent’s responsibility to notify us of significant changes to a child’s dietary or medical circumstances.
It is also imperative that your phone/ cell/ pager numbers be kept current.