Brownstown Central Community School Corporation
Administering Medicine at School
Policy 4150 (summary for parents)
The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours, or the child is disabled and requires medication to benefit from his/her educational program. All medication needed during school hours or at school functions that are supervised by school staff, except those subject to I.C. 20-33-8-13 (student possession and self-administration), will be administered by the nurse, administrator, or designated trained staff under the following conditions:
- A written authorization form for medication administration must be completed by the parent/guardian and be on file before any medication transported to the health clinic (prescription or non-prescription) will be administered.
- Medication shall be administered in accordance with the parent’s statement (in the case of non-prescription medicine) the physician’s order (in the case of prescription medicine). The nurse may require additional information prior to administering medication.
- The consent of the parent shall be valid only for the period specified on the consent form and in no case longer than the current school year.
- All non-prescription medicine must be kept in its original container accompanied by the package label or package information.
- If there is any change in the medication administration, an updated Medication Authorization Permission Form must be completed. In the event medication is to be terminated prior to the date on the prescription, a written withdrawal of consent of the parent is required. The written consent of the parent and the written order of the physician shall be kept on file in the health office.
- The Corporation does not honor requests by parents or physicians to administer over-the-counter herbs, minerals and vitamins and other homeopathic products as there is currently no standardization relative to these products and no FDA approval and guidelines.
- Any unused medication will be released to the student’s parent / guardian, a designated adult, or to the student with written permission from the parent / guardian. Any unused medication which is unclaimed by the parent within two weeks of the last dose will be destroyed by the Corporation.
It is the responsibility of the parent / guardian or designated adult to ensure the safe delivery of all medication, both prescription and non-prescription, to the nurse's office. Only students meeting the criteria of Indiana code who have valid medical authorization and parent permission on file in the school office will be permitted to carry medications and self-administer such substances. These exceptions are explicitly stated in the law and detailed below.
Medication that is possessed by a school for administration during school hours or at school functions for a student may be released to:
- The student’s parent or guardian; An individual who is at least eighteen years of age and designated in writing by the student’s parent or guardian to receive the medication; or The student if the student's parent provides written permission for the student to receive the medication.
Only students meeting the criteria of Indiana code who have valid medical authorization and parent permission on file in the school office will be permitted to carry medications and self-administer such substances. These exceptions are explicitly stated in the law.
Click to access the Prescription Medication Permission Form.
Click to access the Non-Prescription (Over the Counter) Medication Form