F6 - Student Medication inSchool

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Policy

SECTION:      STUDENTS                                                                                 CODE: F6



The Board recognizes that many children are able to regularly attend school because of the effective use of medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities or illnesses.


We believe that it is more desirable for medication to be administered in the home.  However, any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day or during school sponsored activities must comply with the following school regulations:


  • Prescription medications may be given by the school nurse or his/her designee upon written orders from a physician and upon written request from the student’s parent or guardian that the school comply with the physician’s order.  The physician’s orders must detail the name of the drug, dosage, time interval the medication is to be taken, diagnosis and reason for giving.


  • All student medications (including non-prescription medication) that are to be taken on a regular basis must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician. The container must be stored in a secure, locked storage place under the custody of the school nurse or his/her designee.


  • Students with life threatening allergies or with asthma, whose parents/guardians comply with all of the requirements of Act 175 of 2008, shall be permitted to possess and self-administer emergency medication at school, on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, on school-provided transportation, and during school-related programs.
  • Non-prescription medications are occasionally dispensed by the school nurse or his/her designee on an “as needed’ basis and only with prior written permission from the student’s parent or guardian. If a student is required to receive any non-prescription medication on a regular basis for more than one day, written permission from the student’s parent or guardian is required before such medication will be dispensed by the school nurse or his/her designee.


  • Requests and permission for the school nurse or his/her designee to dispense medication (prescription and non-prescription) to a student must contain assurances that (a) the first dosage of the medication has been previously administered at home or by the student’s physician and (b) that the student has suffered no previous ill effects from the use of such medication.


  • Opportunities must be provided for communication with the pupil, parent, and physician regarding the efficacy of the medication administered during school hours.


  • In the case of medication possessed by students with life threatening allergies or with asthma, the school shall provide forms for parents to submit authorizing possession of the medication by their student and releasing the school from liability as the result of any injury arising from the student’s self-administration of the emergency medication.


  • Violations of this policy will be subject to the school’s policy on student discipline.




In the school setting or during school-sponsored activities, only nurses may administer medications unless the nurse has delegated that nursing activity to an unlicensed person (designee).  Delegated activities shall not be performed by unlicensed personnel unless the nurse can ensure that all of the following provisions are met and that the nurse assumes responsibility for same:

  • The designee has received appropriate instruction and supervised practice to perform the procedure.


  • The designee has demonstrated adequate knowledge and skill in performing the procedure(s), as well as the knowledge of action to be taken if an emergency or a problem with the patient’s health condition occurs.
  • The nurse documents continued competency of the designee in performing the procedure(s).



Date Adopted/Revised:          December, 2002; October, 2008


Legal Reference(s):              16 V.S.A. §1387

                                             Act 175 of 2008

                                            Vt. State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices §§4220 et seq.


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