Medication at School

Giving a student medication at school is not always as simple as sending pills to the school nurse. There are a number of issues surrounding what meds a school can administer to students. What happens, for instance, if a child requires ongoing prescription medication repeatedly throughout the school day? What kind of documentation, diagnoses or prescriptions are required? Does a school have the authority to administer the drug at school? What about if a student injures himself at school and requires immediate medical care in an emergency? Can a teacher administer pain medication? This section provides background information on medical administration, schools' authority to dispense medication, and more.