5176 - Medication in School

Policy 5176 Medication in School title box

It is the policy of the Boards of Directors of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District to comply with 16 VSA section 1387. The Boards recognize that at the present time many children are able to attend regular school because of the effective use of prescribed medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities or illnesses. For any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day, the following regulations shall apply.

Prescription Medication:

  1. Written orders from a physician detailing the name of the student, the drug dosage, reason for giving and the time that medication is to be given must be received by the School Nurse and/or designee.
  2. A renewal of a long-term medication order is required each school year.
  3. Prescription medications will be given in school only with written permission from the parent(s)/guardian(s) as well as prescribing physician. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to limit a parent’s authority to dispense prescribed medication to their child.
  4. Medication will be dispensed by the School Nurse or a person trained and delegated by the School Nurse. Medication must be provided in its original container labeled with the students name, dosage, and directions. Medications will be locked in the health office or designated area (except those listed in #5).
  5. Students with the following disorders: asthma, history of anaphylaxis, cystic fibrosis and diabetes who have demonstrated responsibility for self-administering their medications shall be allowed to continue with the written permission of the prescribing physician and parent. This privilege may be withdrawn at the discretion of the School Nurse if student safety is compromised. The parent/guardian and physician will be notified of the withdrawal of this privilege.
  6. Unused medication as determined by the School Nurse shall be properly disposed of or returned to parent-guardian for disposition.
  7. Emancipated minors or students 18 years or older will not be required to provide permission from parents or guardian but will be required to follow all other aspects of this policy if medication is to be taken at school.
  8. The School Nurse may delegate the administration of medication to a school employee. That delegatee shall not delegate that responsibility to anyone else.
  9. In the absence of the School Nurse, medication to be given at school or during a field trip must have been reviewed for accuracy and proper documentation by the School Nurse before the first dose of that medication can be administered by school personnel.
  10. A delegatee may only administer medication that is delegated by the School Nurse.
  11. Administration of medication shall be recorded (indicating time and dosage) by the school personnel administering the medication. The record shall note student's name, medication, time, dosage, and initials of person administering medication.

Non-Prescription Medication:

  1. Non-prescription medications will be administered only after a permission form has been signed by the parent. Non-prescription medication must be left in the health office.
  2. No aspirin will be given in school because of its possible association with Reye's Syndrome.
  3. Emancipated minors or students 18 years or older will not be required to provide permission from parents or guardians but will be required to follow all other aspects of this policy if medication is to be taken at school.
  4. Administration of medication shall be recorded (indicating time and dosage) by the school personnel administering the medication. The record shall note student's name, medication, time, dosage, and initials of person administering the medication.

Policy 5176 warning and adoption dates

Legal Citation: 16 VSA 1387

Noted in: Standards of Practice School Health Services 1986 TBD