•  Medications at School medication

       New York State law as well as local regulations strictly outline the rules the schools must

       follow concerning medication administered in school. The overall guidelines are that such dispensing     
       of medication must be kept to a minimum. Therefore, it is administered only when necessary to be 
       given during school hours.


      We are required to follow these regulations: 

       1.  The nurse should administer medication only as necessary.

       2.  Instructions for administering medication must be in writing from the physician and include:

        a.  The name of the student.

        b.  Medical condition of the child.

        c.  The name of the medication.

        d.  The dosage and time.

        e.  A list of possible side effects.

      3.  A letter must be on file from the parents or guardian requesting the 

      administration of medication by the school nurse.

      4.  Medication must be brought to school by parents or guardians, NOT to be

      sent to school with the child.

      5.  New prescriptions and physician's orders are required at the beginning of each school year.

      6.  All unused medications must be picked up by the parents or guardians, or discarded properly seven days  

       after it is no longer needed.

      7.  All prescribed medications will be kept in a locked cabinet and

      dispensed only by authorized personnel.

      8.  If, at any time, the physician wishes to change the dosage, she/he must

      submit this request in writing.

      9.  A verbal or telephone request from the parent or physician is not

      acceptable from the standpoint of protection for the school nurse and the


      10. Special guidelines apply to field trips.  Contact your school nurse for specific information.

      11. The term "medications" is a broad one applying to both prescription and non-prescription drugs and



Last Modified on August 8, 2022