Board Policies

Last revised: June 12, 2017

506.1

Administration of Medication to Students

Policy Title:Administration of Medication to Students Code No. 506.1

Policy Title: Administration of Medication to Students
Code No. 506.1

Some students may need prescription and non-prescription medication to participate in their educational program. It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to ensure that the school receives properly authorized medication. Medication shall be administered and accessed only by the school nurse or, in the nurse’s absence, by a person who has successfully completed the Iowa School Medication Management course. A medication administration course and periodic update shall be overseen by a registered nurse, and a record of course completion shall be kept on file at the agency.

Medication shall not be administered without written authorization from the parent or legal guardian. Written authorization shall include the student’s name, date of request, medication name, administration instructions, and authorizing signature. The medication must be in the original labeled container either as dispensed by the pharmacist or as sold by the manufacturer. A record of the administration of medication shall be kept for each student receiving medication and shall include:

  • Date
  • Student’s name
  • Medication
  • Medication dosage
  • Administration time
  • Administration method
  • Signature and title of person administering medication
  • Any unusual circumstances, actions or omissions By law, the school district shall permit students with asthma or other airway constricting disease or students with risk of anaphylaxis to self-administer their medication or use an epinephrine auto-injector, as the case may be, upon authorization of their parent or guardian and prescribing licensed health care professional in writing. Students may self-administer other medications with written authorization of the student’s parent or legal guardian and physician upon a showing of competency in accordance with law. These authorizations will be on file in the nurse’s office and renewed annually. Pursuant to state law, the school district and its employees are to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of an injury arising from self-administration of medication or use of an epinephrine auto-injector by the student. The parent or legal guardian of the student shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school district is to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of self- administration of medication or use of an epinephrine auto-injector by the student as established by Iowa Code Section 280.16. The school district and its employees acting reasonably and in good faith shall incur no liability for any improper use of medication or for supervising, monitoring, or interfering with a student’s self-administration of medication.

Medication shall be stored in a secured area unless alternate provision is documented. The parent or legal guardian is responsible for providing safe delivery of medication and equipment to and from school and to pick up remaining medication and equipment at the end of the school year or whenever it is no longer needed at school. Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions and uncommon medication administration situations shall be posted in the area where medications are administered. Medication information shall be confidential information not subject to disclosure except as provided by law.

The superintendent or designee shall be responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, for developing rules and regulations governing the administration of medication, prescription and non-prescription, to students. Annually, each student shall be provided with the requirements for administration of medication at school. The parent/guardian must notify school officials immediately if any changes occur in the administration of medication during the school year.

Date of Adoption:
April 10, 1995

Date of Revision:
December 9, 1996
February 11, 2002
January 13, 2003
October 25, 2004
June 8, 2009
September 28, 2009
April 8, 2013
June 12, 2017

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Date of Adoption

April 10, 1995

Date of Revision

December 9, 1996
February 11, 2002
January 13, 2003
October 25, 2004
June 8, 2009
September 28, 2009
April 8, 2013
June 12, 2017

Date of Review
June 12, 2017