Medication at Schools
If your student will be taking any medication at school, you must confer with the school nurse.
The Northshore School District recommends that medication be taken at home whenever possible. We recognize, however, that in some cases it is essential that medication be administered during the school day.
Please do not put any kind of medicine, including Tylenol, vitamins, and cough drops in your child's lunch box, backpack or pockets.
Medication at School - School Staff Administration
The following conditions must be met:
- All medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, need a current Northshore Medication Authorization Form (available for download on the right) signed by the student's physician/dentist and parent/guardian.
- Medication must be delivered to school in a properly labeled prescription or original over-the-counter container. The student's name must be on the label with proper identification of the drug, dosage, and directions for administration.
- A quantity sufficient for no more then one month can be sent to school.
- The medication order is effective for the current school year only.
- If changes in the medication order occur, the parent is responsible for notifying the school and providing verification from the physician/dentist.
- Field Trips: For students on daily medication, request an extra labeled empty bottle from your pharmacy that can be used for field trips.
Student Self-Administered Medication
The following conditions must be met:In appropriate cases and with the knowledge of the school nurse, the parent/guardian can delegate the responsibility for self-administration of medication to the student. In doing so, the parent releases the school district from any obligation to monitor the student and assumes full responsibility for the student's use of the medication.
Self-Administration does not apply to controlled substances e.g codiene, Vicodin
The student may carry only a one-day supply (1 - 2 doses) of the medication.
The medication must be in the original container.
The student must have written permission to self-medicate signed by the parent/guardian.
Medication to be self-administered for more than fifteen (15) consecutive days whether over-the-counter or prescription, requires a current Northshore Medication Authorization Form signed by the student's physician/dentist and parent/guardian stating that the student may self-medicate. Additionally the student must demonstrate his/her ability to correctly evaluate his/her symptoms and use the medication appropriately.