(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Michele Nelson

School Nurse

Medications

Taking Medicine in School

Elementary Students PK- 5
Before any kind of medication (prescription or over-the-counter) can be given, a physician’s signed authorization and written parental authorization must be given to the school. All medications must be in original pharmacy containers. Medications should be brought in and/or picked up by a parent or other adult.

Secondary Students 6-12
A secondary student may possess and use nonprescription pain relief in a manner consistent with the labeling, if the school district has received written authorization from the student’s parent or guardian permitting the student to self-administer the medication. The parent or guardian must submit written authorization for the student to self administer the medication each school year.

The school district may revoke 516-4 a student’s privilege to possess and use nonprescription pain relievers if the school district determines that the student is abusing the privilege. This provision does not apply to the possession or use of any drug or product containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine as its sole active ingredient or as one of its active ingredients.

For prescription medications:  a physician’s signed authorization and written parental authorization must be given to the school. All medications must be in original pharmacy containers. Medications should be brought in and/or picked up by a parent or other adult.

Exceptions
Exceptions to this requirement are: prescription asthma medications self-administered with an inhaler and epinephrine auto injectors. The school district must receive a written authorization from the student’s parent permitting the student to self-administer the medication and the inhaler/epinephrine auto injector is properly labeled for that student.

For the safety of all students, it is recommended medication be given at home whenever possible. For example, medicine prescribed three times a day can be given before school, after school and at bedtime. However, the school also recognizes that certain situations may occur in which it is necessary for medicines to be administered to a student during the regular school day. Parents are then responsible to see that their children do not take medication on their own during school hours and that the following requirements are met. Medication will be administered during the day according to district policy. 516 – Student Medication