All medication should be given outside of school hours, if possible.  Only mediation which is required to enable a student to stay in school may be given at school.  Three-times-a-day medication can be given before school, after school and at bedtime.  The initial dose of medication must be administered at home, doctor’s office, or hospital.  If necessary, medication can be given at school under the following conditions:

    1. All medication (prescription and over-the-counter must be:


    a.   Provided by the parent.

    b.   Transported by an adult if it is a controlled substance, i.e., Ritalin.  The medication will be counted upon its arrival in the nurse’s office, witnessed, and co-signed.

    c.   In its original, properly labeled container.  The pharmacy can supply two (2) labeled bottles for this purpose. 

    d.   Accompanied by a specific written request signed by the parent/guardian (see form IX-E).

    e.   Placed in a locked cabinet in the nurse’s office (exception:  students whose doctor consider them sufficiently responsible and have signed a request for them to carry an inhaler or anaphylaxis medication on their person.  In either case, the student must demonstrate to the nurse their ability to competently use the device.  For asthma inhalers, it is recommended that another inhaler  be kept locked in the nurse’s office.  The school nurse will inform appropriate staff of this privilege.  If a student allows another person to use the medication, the privilege will be revoked.

    f.    Ordered by a physician licensed to practice in the USA, if it is to be given for more than ten (10) consecutive days or administered for more than ten (10) doses, whichever is greater.

    g.   Administered by a school nurse or by a non-health professional designate of the principal or school nurse.

    2.  Sample prescription and alternative medicine must be labeled with the child’s name and accompanied by a signed Texas Board Certified physician’s order.  When ordered, alternative medication must be accompanied by a patient information sheet listing its ingredients, actions, and side effects.  Herbal substances or dietary supplements provided by the parent will be administered only if required by the individualized education program or Section 504 plan of a student with disabilities.

    3.   The district can assume no responsibility for loss or negligent behavior when the student carries his/her conventional or alternative medication or dietary supplement without the knowledge of the nurse.  Noncompliance may subject the student to disciplinary action.

    4.   Only authorized district personnel may administer topical medication to a student as part of first aid protocol.

    5.   The school nurse must be consulted if the student requires long-term medication, any health care procedure, or monitoring.  In the event of life-threatening allergic reaction, emergency procedures will be followed as outlined in BISD Anaphylaxis Protocol.