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Medication administration protocols are differentiated based on the grade of the student. Prescription and over the counter medication will be administered to students at school only at the specific written request of the student’s parent or guardian, and with the written authorization of the student’s health care provider.(A one-day supply is the exception, see below.) The Student Medication Request and Release Agreement must be signed by the parent or guardian and be accompanied by a health care provider’s order for each medication or change of medication the parent wishes to have administered to the student.

If a student must receive prescription or over the counter medication during school hours, this is the process:

  • The parent or guardian shall furnish the medication.
  • Prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled container.
  • The label shall state the student’s name, medication, dosage, number and/or time(s) of dosages per day and name of the prescribing health care provider.
  • Over the counter medication must be in its original packaging.
  • A parent or guardian may deliver medication to the school during school hours.
  • Medications that are brought by the student must be in the packaging as stated above, and sealed in an envelope.
  • If the medication is not in a sealed envelope, the parent or guardian will be contacted.

Medication shall be administered at each school only by a school nurse or by his or her legal delegatee in compliance with the Colorado Nurse Practice Act. Such delegatees shall be approved with input by the Principal. Medication will be administered by school personnel, only in accordance with the instructions on the prescription label. School personnel will maintain a written record of all medications administered to students, using the Medication function in IC and by using the appropriate District form when IC access is not available. The record will include the student’s name, medication, dosage, date and time given and the signature of the school personnel administering the medication.

Douglas County School District employees may not administer homeopathic or herbal preparations.

All medications to be administered by school personnel shall be stored per the Colorado Department of Education medication storage guidelines.