Administering Medication at School
It is the policy of Los Alamos Public Schools that every effort should be made to administer all medications at home. When it is necessary that students receive medication at school, arrangements should be made with the school nurse. A nurse can administer medications at school if the proper forms are completed and have the required signatures. Different types of medication may require different forms. This could include approval for over the counter meds, perscription meds, inhalers, or other medication necessary for chronic conditions.
All of the required forms are available on our Student Health & Wellness home page.
Below are some quick guidelines for administering medication at school; however, if you are unsure which forms you should complete, contact the nurse at your school.
- When it is necessary that a student receive medication at school for a chronic health condition, a Los Alamos Public Schools Permission For Administering Medication In Schools form must be completed each school year by a physician licensed to prescribe medication in the state of New Mexico, the student’s parent or guardian, the school nurse, and the principal.
- Options for administration include self-administration, supervised/assisted administration, and supervised self-administration (The regulations referred to above define these terms.)
- If a student has asthma, it is also necessary to notify the school nurse and complete a Student Asthma Information form. A parent who wants a student to carry an inhaler should speak directly to the school nurse to make these arrangements, and to discuss having a back-up inhaler available in the nurse’s office.
- If a student has a short-term medical problem requiring self-administration of medication at school, the student or parent should notify the nurse. Arrangements can be made to bring one day’s dose of the medication, appropriately labeled (student’s name, medication name, dose, what it is for, when it is to be taken) to school.
- Students are not allowed to carry bottles of medication containing more than one school day’s dose.
- Students are also not allowed to share medication at school.
- Law requires a nurse to have an order from a physician in order to administer medication. School nurses may not administer medications at school outside the rules already discussed. This applies even to over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol.
- It is important for students and parents to plan ahead when medication at school is anticipated. For example, arranging medication needs in advance, for conditions such as migraine headaches and asthma, will help the school nurse keep students safe and comfortable at school.