ADMINISTERING MEDICINES TO STUDENTS Policy Code: 6125
The Macon County Board of Education discourages the use and administration of medication at school but recognizes that under certain circumstances it will be necessary for students to take medication during school hours or while participating in extra‑curricular activities. N.C.G.S. § 115C‑307 permits public school employees, when given the authority by the Board, to administer medication prescribed by a doctor upon written request of the parent/guardian. The Board authorizes school system personnel to administer medications in the case of a student who has a chronic health problem, or a student with an unusual health problem. The school will assume no responsibility for students who self‑medicate or for the transportation of medication to and/or from school.
The school and its personnel and the Board of Education shall assume no liability for complications or side effects of medication when administered in accordance with the instructions provided by the parent/guardian and health care provider.
All medications administered by school personnel during school hours must be prescribed by a physician or dentist. All medications that can be given outside school hours without adversely affecting the health of the student should not be administered at school during school hours. Reasonable efforts should be made by the parent or guardian to obtain physician permission to adjust the dosage of medication prescribed so it can be given at home before and/or after school hours. School staff may administer medication to students at school only if the health care provider deems it necessary for the medication to be given during school hours and if a parent/guardian requests it in writing. Medications shall be administered in accordance with the health care provider’s instructions as indicated on form 6125-E2.
When medication is to be administered at school, school personnel shall communicate with the student’s parent or guardian about its administration in school and explain the Board’s policy and its procedures for the administration of medications at school.
Parent and Guardian Responsibilities
If a student must carry certain medication(s) at all times and be allowed to administer the medication him/herself, the parents/guardians must make the request in writing and provide the information listed on form 6125-E2. The parents must also provide documentation that a professional has trained the student on the proper administration of the medication.
Cross References: Parental Involvement (policy 1310/4002)