Medications In A School Setting

Students who must take medication during the school day may do so only at the discretion of the building principal and in the presence of the nurse. In such cases, the medication must be in its original container labeled by the pharmacy or physician with an accompanying note from the prescribing physician and another authorizing note from the student's parent. (Click here for the Authorizing Note.) This needs to be updated at the beginning of every school year for returning medicines. The medication must be delivered to the school nurse by the student's parents or legal guardians. Medication no longer required must be removed by the parents or legal guardians. All student medications are maintained and secured by the school nurse except those medications to be self-administered by the student.

Self-administration of medication by pupils is permitted in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3. A pupil is only permitted to self-administer medication for Asthma or other potentially life threatening illnesses as defined by the Department of Education, New Jersey Statutes Annotated and New Jersey Administration Code. Permission for self-administration of medication must comply with the above conditions for medication administration in school. Students self-administering medication must report each incident of use to a nurse, teacher, coach, or other individual designated by the school nurse who is supervising the pupil during the school activity when the student self-administers.

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