Medication Policy, Administration, and Activity Restrictions
All medication (including over-the-counter medications) requiring administration at school must:
- Be brought to school by the parents and turned into the school office, along with the Medication and Health Care Treatment Authorization Form. This form must be complete prior to medication being given.
- The medication must be in the original container and have an appropriate label.
- The Medication and Health Care Treatment Authorization Form must be renewed annually, if needed in the next school year.
- Any changes in a medication, dose, or time will require a written order from the licensed prescriber.
- The medication must be picked up by a parent/guardian at the end of the year or when the medication is discontinued; medication that is not picked up will be discarded.
The administration of medication to a student at school is discouraged unless it is absolutely necessary to allow the student’s academic participation.
All medication will be stored in a secure location in the health office, with the exception of emergency medications and epinephrine. Students may carry these medications within the school properties if additional consent forms are provided.
Medication at school is administered by the school’s registered nurse, a school administrator, or an authorized staff member, in accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education’s recommended guidelines and the Board of Education policy 7:270 Administering Medicines to Students.NOTE: The school district, school, and its employees and agents are exempt from liability or professional discipline, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the administration of medication, including asthma medication or epinephrine (whether or not undesignated). Parents/guardians will be notified after the administsration of epinephrine (whether or not designated).
In the event a student has an injury or illness that prevents them from participating in recess or PE, a parent/guardian must provide written notice to both the school nurse and PE teacher. That note is valid for a maximum of three days. A student unable to participate in outdoor recess or physical education classes for a period of more than three days must provide the school with an activity order from a healthcare provider licensed under the IL Medical Practice Act.
A student who arrives at school with a new cast, splint or orthopedic device for a recent injury must provide school with an activity order from a healthcare provider licensed under the IL Medical Practice Act.
It is recommended that an activity order from a healthcare provider licensed under the IL Medical Practice Act be provided for students returning to school after surgery or a hospitalization.
Activity orders should specify the student’s injury or medical problem, the dates the student may not participate, and a date to resume activity. Students with an activity restriction are restricted from similar extracurricular and/or interscholastic activities during the activity restriction time period.
Students may not resume activities until a release from the healthcare provider is provided to the school.