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507.2 Administration of Medication to Students

Students may be required to take medication during the school day. Medication shall be administered by the school nurse, or in the nurse’s absence, by a person who has successfully completed an administration of medication course reviewed by the Board of Pharmacy Examiners. Training and continued supervision shall be documented and kept on file at school.


Some students may need prescription and nonprescription medication to participate in their educational program. These students shall receive medication concomitant with their educational program. When administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgement, an individual health plan shall be developed by the licensed health personnel with the student and the student’s parent.


Students who have demonstrated competence in administering their own medication may self-administer their medication as long as all other relevant portions of this policy have been complied with by the student and the student’s parent or guardian. A written statement by the student’s parent/guardian shall be on file requesting co-administration of medication, when competence has been demonstrated.


Medication will not be administered without written authorization that is signed and dated from the parent, and the medication must be in the original container which is labeled by the pharmacy or the manufacturer with the name of the child, name of the medication, the time of the day which it is to be given, the dosage and the duration. A written record of the administration of medication procedure must be kept for each child receiving medication including the date; student’s name; prescriber or person authorizing the administration; the medication and its dosage; the name, signature and title of the person administering the medication; and the time and method of administration and any unusual circumstances, actions or omissions. Medication shall be stored in a secured area unless an alternate provision is documented. Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions shall be posted. Administration of medication records shall be kept confidential.


The school nurse, or in the nurse’s absence, the person who has successfully completed an administration of medication course reviewed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners shall have access to the medication. Students may carry medication only with the approval of the parents and building principal of the student’s attendance center. Emergency protocol for medication-related reactions will be in place.


The superintendent shall be responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, for developing rules and regulations governing the administration of medication, prescription and nonprescription, to students.  Annually, each student shall be provided with the requirements for administration of medication at school.


Legal Reference:                    Iowa Code ch. 124.

                                                281 I.A.C. 41.23.

                                                657 I.A.C. 1.1(3).


Approved   02/26/91       Reviewed 12/19/2016     Revised 12/19/2016