Administration of Prescription Medication to Students at School

EC 49423, 49423.1; (BP 5141.21)

The school nurse or other designated school employees may assist students who need to take prescribed medication during school hours only upon written request of both the physician/surgeon and the parent. The written request from the physician/surgeon must include details as to the name of the medication, method, amount, and time schedules by which the medication is to be taken and a written statement from the parent indicating the desire that the District assist the student in matters set forth in the statement of the physician/surgeon. 

To notify the school health office of prescribed medication to administer at school, please print this form for the physician/surgeon to complete. Return the completed form to the Mountain View office.

Due to safety concerns, students are not permitted to carry any kind or type of medication, including over-the-counter medication, on their person while at school or school sponsored events. Only under certain conditions, when immediate administration of a medication is required and prior authorization has been granted by school officials, may a student carry and self-administer a medication on their person. Abuse of this privilege will be cause for revocation. 

Under guidelines developed by the California Department of Education, and with the endorsement of the Riverside County Medical Association, over-the-counter medication may be administered during regular school hours if the school receives a written statement from the physician/surgeon and the parent. Medication must be brought to the school by a parent in a container labeled by a pharmacist licensed in the United States. The container must list the student’s name, doctor’s name, name of the medication, method, amount, and time schedules by which the medication is to be taken.

EC 49480; (BP 5141.21)

It is the responsibility of the parent of a student on a continuing medication regimen for a nonepisodic condition to inform the school nurse or other designated school employees of the medication being taken, the current dosage, and the name of the supervising physician. With the consent of the parent, the school nurse may communicate with the physician and may counsel with school personnel regarding the possible effects of the drug on the child’s physical, intellectual, and social behavior, as well as possible behavioral signs and symptoms of adverse side effects, omission, or overdose.

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