602.07 – Student Medication Administration

Some students may need a prescription and non-prescription medication to participate in their educational program.  These students shall receive medication concomitant with their educational program.  

Medication shall be administered when the student’s parent or guardian (hereafter “parent”) provides a signed and dated written statement requesting medication administration, and the medication is in the original labeled container, either as dispensed or in the manufacturer’s container.

When the administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan shall be developed by the licensed health personnel with the student and the student’s parent.

Only medications prescribed by an authorized health care provider will be given at school.  Exceptions include Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen which can be given up to five times per school year with written parental consent.  If a student requires said medication more than five times during a school year, an order from an authorized health care provider will be required for additional doses.  Antibiotic ointment and calamine lotion may also be given with written parental consent only. 

By law, students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases, students with a risk of anaphylaxis who use epinephrine auto-injectors, and diabetic students may carry and self-administer their medication while at school, at school-sponsored activities, before or after normal school activities while on school property regardless of competency as long as written approval has been received from the student’s parent and prescribing licensed health care professional.  If the student abuses this policy, the ability to self-administer may be withdrawn by the school after notification to the student’s parent.  Pursuant to state law, the school district and its employees are to incur no liability, except gross negligence, as a result of any injury resulting from self-administration of medication by the student.

A written medication administration record shall be on file including:

  • date
  • student’s name
  • prescriber or person authorizing information
  • medication
  • administration time
  • administration method
  • signature and title of the person administering medication
  • any unusual circumstances, actions, or omissions

Persons administering medication shall include the licensed registered nurse, parent, physician, and persons to whom authorized practitioners have delegated the administration of medication (who have successfully completed a medication administration course).  

Medication shall be stored in a secured area unless an alternate provision is documented.  Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions will be posted.  Medication information will be confidential information as provided by law.

Disposal of unused, discontinued/recalled, or expired medication will be in compliance with federal and state law.  Prior to disposal, school personnel will make a reasonable attempt to return medication by providing written notification that expired, discontinued, or unused medications need to be picked up.  If medication is not picked up by the date specified, the disposal will be in accordance with the disposal procedures for the specific

Legal Reference: 155A.4(2)”c,” Iowa  Code Education [281]—41.23(281); 12.3(9); Pharmacy [657]—10.16(204),  IAC

Date of Adoption: December 4, 1995

Reviewed & Revised: January  19, 2009; November  17, 2014;   March 21, 2016;   June 17, 2019