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Medications

Medications can be stored and administered in school on a daily, temporary, or as-needed basis under the supervision of a Certificated School Nurse. Out-of-State Medication Orders are valid in school up to 30 days from the date of your student's enrollment. You will need orders from a Washington State provider within 30 days. 

The following must be in place for before your student can receive medication in school:

  1. Authorization/Orders: The form that you need depends on the type of medication.
  2. Correct Medication
    • Medication must be in its original labeled container from the pharmacy.
    • The student name, medication name, dose, and instructions must match the order.
    • Medication must not be expired.
    • If tablets need to be cut in half, this must be done at home.

School Board Policy 3416 is outlined by the statutory guidelines of RCW 28A.210.260. Nurses may delegate administration of some medications. The provision of the nursing care delegation statute and regulations can be found under RCW.79.260 and WAC 246-840-010.

TAKE NOTE!

  • Any medication that is not picked up from school on the last day of school will be destroyed. We cannot store student medications at school over summer break. Please coordinate pick-up details with your school nurse.

  • Controlled medications (like Adderall or Diazepam) MUST be transported by parent/guardian or designated adult. Students MAY NOT transport controlled medications.

  • Whenever possible, medications should be given before and/or after school hours under supervision of a parent/guardian.

  • Students with life threatening conditions must have LHCP orders and medications in place at their school before they can attend.

GENERAL MEDICATIONS
Authorization for Administration of Medication in School
This is a generic form for any medication. Use this form for things like ADHD, Asthma, Pain, and other medications. This form is to be completed by a parent/guardian & licensed health care provider for students that need medication in school.

DIABETES
Your student’s endocrinologist must provide a School Health Plan from their clinic specific for your student that contains relevant orders, even if the student is completely self-sufficient in their diabetic care. This is supplied by your student’s Endocrinology Clinic and must be signed by a parent/guardian. A school nurse must confirm all orders and supplies are in place at the school before the student can attend.

SEIZURE
Authorization for Administration of Emergency Anticonvulsant in School
This form is for students with seizure diagnosis that have been prescribed an emergency anticonvulsant (Diastat, Midazolam, etc.). The form is to be completed by a parent/guardian & licensed health care provider for students that need medication in school to treat a seizure. A school nurse must confirm the order and medications are in place at your student’s school before they can attend, a seizure care plan may be required from your healthcare provider.

SEVERE ALLERGY
Authorization for Administration of Medication for Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction in School
This form is for Epinephrine Autoinjector (EpiPen, AuviQ, etc). It is to be completed by a parent/guardian & licensed health care provider for students that need medication in school to treat a life-threatening allergic reaction. A school nurse must confirm the order and medications are in place at your student’s school before they can attend.
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