Series 506.2.2AR - Administering Medication
Adopted: January 1979
Revised: July 2020
1. Prescription Medication
1.1 Students requiring the administration of prescription medication at school shall provide the school with written authorization from their parent or guardian using Procedure 506.2.2.1P, Authorization for Administration of Prescription Medication at School. If the medication is to be given for more than two weeks or is a narcotic pain medication, a written order from a physician or dentist must be provided to the school using Procedure 506.2.2.1P, Authorization for Administration of Prescription Medication at School, or other appropriate documentation.
1.2 Prescription medication shall be brought to the school nurse, preferably by the parent or guardian, in a container appropriately labeled by a pharmacist. Prescription medication shall be kept in the school nurse’s office, with the exception of medications (such as some seizure medications) which must be kept near the student in order to be administered in accordance with a doctor’s order received by the school nurse, as well as inhalers, Epinephrine auto-injector pens (EpiPens) and/or insulin authorized by the student’s parent or guardian (see section 1.2.2 below).
1.2.1 If the medication includes a controlled substance, the parent or guardian must give the school nurse written, signed information on the exact amount of medication that is being given to the student.
220.127.116.11 The district has the right to ask parents to leave no more than a 30-day supply of any controlled substance with the school nurse.
1.2.2 Students may carry inhalers, EpiPens and/or insulin with them during the school day once the school nurse receives either Procedure 506.2.2.1.2.2P, Authorization for Student Possession and Self-Medication with Inhaler, EpiPen and/or Insulin at School, and/or an Anaphalaxis Action Plan and/or other health plan with the appropriate documentation.
1.3 Prescription medication shall be administered by the school nurse or, in his or her absence, other appropriate school personnel as designated by the principal and delegated by the school nurse. Personnel shall not reassign tasks delegated to them by the school nurse.
1.3.1 With the exception of EpiPens or medications the student is authorized to self-administer, medication that is not taken orally may only be administered by a licensed school nurse (LSN), or a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN) under the direction of a LSN or by other appropriate school personnel following proper delegation by the school nurse.
1.3.2 School nurses shall not administer allergy shots.
1.4 Students observed administering medication (other than students authorized to possess and self-administer an inhaler, EpiPen and/or insulin per section 1.2.2 above) to themselves shall be reported to their parent or guardian by the school nurse or other appropriate personnel, and disciplinary measures will be taken as described in Administrative Regulation 503.3AR, Student Behavior Expectations and Consequences for Misbehavior.
1.5 With the exception of students who keep their medication with them per paragraph 1.2, school nurses will not return prescription medication to a student to take home. If medication remains in the nurse’s office after the end of a school year or when a student is no longer attending the school or after the medication is discontinued, the school nurse will contact the student’s parent or guardian to let them know that they have one month to pick up the medication; if the medication is not picked up, it will be destroyed. The transportation of unclaimed or unused prescription drugs or medications will occur at least annually. If the unclaimed or abandoned prescription drug is not a controlled substance as defined by Minnesota Statute 152.01, subd. 4, or is an over-the-counter medication, the school nurse shall be responsible for transporting the drug or medication to a designated drop-off box or collection site or may request that a law enforcement agency transport the drug or medication to a drop-off box or collection site on behalf of the school district. If the unclaimed or abandoned prescription drug is a controlled substance as defined by Minnesota Statute 152.01, subd. 4, school personnel are prohibited from transporting the prescription drug to a drop-off box or collection site for prescription drugs. The school will request that a law enforcement agency transport the prescription drug or medication to a collection bin that complies with Drug Enforcement Agency regulations, or if a site is not available, under the agency's procedure for transporting drugs.
1.6 Medical cannabis may not be possessed or used on school district property or in school district vehicles.
2. Non-Prescription Medication
2.1 Subject to the flexibility provided in section 2.2, a specific non-prescription medication may only be given to the student if the school has received written authorization from the student's parent or guardian to give that particular medication to their child, and if the medication is provided to the school nurse in its original container. District nurses will only administer medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration in age-appropriate dosages. The school nurse shall use his or her professional judgment to determine the need for non-prescription drugs.
2.2 A student in grades 7-12 may possess and use nonprescription pain relief in a manner consistent with the labeling, if the school has received written annual authorization from the student’s parent or guardian permitting the student to self-administer the medication. The school may revoke the student’s privilege to possess and use non-prescription pain relief if it is determined that the student is abusing the privilege. This section does not apply to the possession or use of any drugs or product containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine as an active ingredient.
2.2.1 When giving permission for a student in grades 7-12 to possess and use nonprescription pain relief, the parent or guardian agrees to the following:
18.104.22.168 The medication must be in its original container;
22.214.171.124 The student is knowledgeable in the proper dosage, use and administration of the medication in a manner consistent with its labeling;
126.96.36.199 If school administration determines these rules have been abused, the school may revoke this privilege;
188.8.131.52 The student may not possess pain relievers containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, and
184.108.40.206 The student cannot share the medication with other students.
3. Medication Schedule – If it is not essential for medication to be given during school hours, school personnel shall work with the parent or guardian and health provider to adjust dosage so it can be administered outside of school hours.
4. Record-keeping – Administration of each dose of medication, other than self-administered medication by the student, shall be recorded electronically each day in the district student information system.
- Minnesota Statute 121A.222, Possession and use of nonprescription pain relievers by secondary students
- Minnesota Statute 152.23, Limitations
- Minnesota Statute 121A.22, Administration of Drugs and Medicine
- Minnesota Statute121A.2205, Possession and Use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors; Model Policy
- Minnesota Statute 121A.2207, Life Threatening Allergies in Schools; Stock Supply of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
- Minnesota Statute 121A.221, Possession and Use of Asthma Inhalers by Asthmatic Students