Medication/Treatment Administration During School

Medication Administration During School
    • No medication will be administered in school or during school-sponsored activities without the parent’s/guardian’s written authorization and a written authorized prescriber order. This includes both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications

    • A new Medication Authorization Form must be completed every 12 months or when changes are made to an existing Medication Authorization.  The parent/guardian is responsible for filling out Part 1 and obtaining the authorized prescriber's order and signature on Part II. Information necessary includes the student’s name, diagnosis, allergies (specify none or n/a if there aren’t any), medication name, the strength of the medication, dosage, time of administration, route of administration, possible side effects, prescriber’s signature and date
    • All medications will be administered by onsite healthcare personnel or by a trained school staff member designated by the principal 

    • The medication must be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian or, under special circumstances, an adult designated by the parent/guardian. All medication must be signed into the clinic by the parent/guardian and counted with the school health nurse or school personnel. Medication delivered by the student will not be administered by the school health nurse or school personnel

    • All prescription medication must be provided in an original pharmacy container with the pharmacy label attached. The pharmacy label cannot be expired. Non- prescription OTC medication must be received in the original packaging with the safety seal intact 

    • The first day’s dosage of any new non-emergency medication must have been given at home before it can be administered at school

    • The parent/guardian is responsible for collecting any unused portion of medication after the expiration date of the medication or expiration date of the authorized prescriber’s order. If the medication is unclaimed by the parent/guardian after three contact attempts, the medication will be forwarded to the Risk Management department and will be destroyed 

    • An authorized prescriber’s order and parent/guardian permission are necessary for self-carry/self-administered emergency medications such as inhalers for asthma or epinephrine auto-injectors/AUVI-Q auto-injectors for anaphylaxis. The student must understand the necessity for reporting to either the school nurse or school staff members that they have self-administered their inhaler without any improvement or have self-administered an epinephrine/AUVI-Q auto-injector so 911 may be called 

    • The school nurse will call the authorized prescriber, as allowed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) if a question arises about the student and/or the student’s medication 


Self-Carry Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication Authorization Grades 9-12 Only

  • If your child needs to take over-the-counter (OTC) medication at school or on a field trip, an Authorization for Selected (OTC) with Parental Approval form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian, student and be notarized. Self-carry, self-administration of the selected over-the-counter medications only: 

    • Tylenol
    • Midol
    • Ibuprofen
    • Tums
    • Allegra
    • Claritin
    • Lactaid


Contact Information

  • Coordinated Student Health Services

    1400 NW 14 Court

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311

    Phone: 754-321-1575

    Fax: 754-321-1695

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    Phone: --

    Heather Katcher RN, MSN, CPN, NCSN