Letter to Parent Regarding Administration of Medication in School

Dear Parent:

Our school has a written policy to assure the safe administration of medication to students during
the school day. If your child must have medication of any type given during school hours,
including over-the-counter drugs, you have the following choices:

1. You may come to school and give the medication to your child at the appropriate times(s).
2. You may obtain a copy of a medication form from the school nurse or school secretary.
     Take the form to your child’s doctor and have him/her complete the form by listing the
     medication(s) needed, dosage, and number of times per day the medication is administered.
     This form must be completed by the physician for both prescription and over-the-counter
     drugs. The form must be signed by the doctor and by you, the parent or guardian.
     Prescription medicines must be brought to school in a pharmacy-labeled bottle which
     contains instructions on how and when the medication is to be given. Over-the-counter
     drugs must be received in the original container and will be administered according to the
     doctor’s written instructions.
3. You may discuss with your doctor an alternative schedule for administering medication
     (i.e. outside of school hours).

School personnel will not administer any medication to students unless they have received a
medication form properly completed and signed by both doctor and parent/guardian, and the
medication has been received in an appropriately labeled container. In fairness to those giving the
medication and to protect the safety of your child, there will be no exceptions to this policy.

If you have questions about the policy, or other issues related to the administration of medication in the schools, please call the school and speak with the school nurse or have the school secretary give you the information on how the nurse may be reached. Thank you for your cooperation.

______________________________________________________________________________ School Nurse ______________________________________________________________________________ Principal