7:270 Administering Medicines to Students

Students should not take medication during school hours or during school-related activities unless it is absolutely necessary for a student’s critical health and well-being.  When a student’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours or school-related activities, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child and otherwise follow the District’s procedures on dispensing medication.

No School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed “School Medication Authorization Form” and “Self Administration Form” is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian.  A prescription label may be submitted for a self-carry inhaler in lieu of a prescriber’s signature.  No student shall possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this policy and its implementing procedures.

A student may possess an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) and/or medication prescribed for asthma for immediate use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed a “School Medication Authorization Form.”  The School District shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from a student’s self-administration of medication or epinephrine auto-injector or the storage of any medication by school personnel.  A student’s parent/guardian must indemnify and hold harmless the School District and its employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector and/or medication, or the storage of any medication by school personnel.

Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to students, including administering medication.

The Building Principal shall include this policy in the Student Handbook and shall provide a copy to the parents/guardians of students.

Cross Reference: 

7:285 Food Allergy Management Program

Legal Reference(s):

105 ILCS 5/10-20.14b, 5/10-22.21b, and 5/22-30.

Date Adopted: 03/22/2011

Date Amended: 04/28/2015