Administering Medicines to Students
Whenever possible, medications should be scheduled at times other than school hours. However, if it is necessary for your student to receive medication during school hours, the following policy applies:
- A doctor’s order is necessary for ALL medications. (This includes prescription as well as over-the-counter medications, and short-term as well as long-term medications.) The doctor’s order must be written on the enclosed Medication Order and Permission Form. A copy of the original prescription may be sent along with this form.
- The enclosed Medication Order and Permission Form must be returned, complete with necessary signatures, to the school health office before medication can be administered in school. We cannot, and will not, administer the medication without it.
- Medication must be brought to school in the original pharmacy container, clearly labeled with student’s name, the medication name and dosage information, the pharmacy name/phone number, and the prescribing physician’s name. (Duplicate prescription bottles can be obtained from your pharmacy.)
- Over-the-counter medication must be brought in the original, unopened container with the seal unbroken. We will not administer any medications sent to school in baggies, envelopes, Tupperware, or unmarked containers.
- Parents must report any changes in medication or dosage. New permission forms will be required for necessary changes. Parents must report if/when a medication is discontinued, if not specified by the doctor.
- Medications will be kept locked in the EFAP (Emergency First Aid Provider’s) office AT ALL TIMES with the exception of asthma inhalers and/or epinephrine auto-injectors. DAOES, Technology Center of DuPage and its staff will not incur any liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the self administration of asthma inhalers and/or epinephrine auto-injector by the student.
- Parents can pick up unused medications at any time. However, the medication will be destroyed within two (2) weeks following termination of the order, or within one (1) week of school closing, if not picked up.
Questions regarding medication administration, or any other student health issue, can be addressed to the school’s Emergency First Aid Provider. They can be reached Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm at (630) 691-7525.
System Supply of Undesignated Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
The Director or designee shall implement Section 22-30(f) of the School Code and maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of the District and provide or administer them as necessary according to State law. Undesignated epinephrine auto-injector means an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed in the name of the District or one of its schools. A school nurse or trained personnel, as defined in State law, may administer an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector to a person when they, in good faith, believe a person is having an anaphylactic reaction. Each building administrator and/or his or her corresponding school nurse shall maintain the names of trained personnel who have received a statement of certification pursuant to State law.
Void Policy; Disclaimer
The School District Supply of Undesignated Epinephrine Auto-Injectors This section of the policy is void whenever the Superintendent or designee is, for whatever reason, unable to: (1) obtain for the District a prescription for undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors from a physician or advanced practice nurse licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, or (2) fill the District’s prescription for undesignated school epinephrine auto-injectors.
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.14b, 5/10-22.21b, and 5/22-30.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.540.
CROSS REF.: 7:285 (Food Allergy Management)
ADOPTED: January 19, 2017