Medication Policy & Administration

  • Medication Policy

    All medication (including over-the-counter medications) requiring administration at school must:

    1. Be brought to school by the parents/guardians and turned into the school office, along with the Medication and Health Care Treatment Authorization Form. This form must be completed prior to medication being given. Medications may not be sent to school with students. All medication must be delivered by a parent/guardian or other authorized adult to school.

    2. The medication must be in the original container and have an appropriate label. Unidentified medication or medication not provided in an original container cannot be accepted.

    3. The Medication and Health Care Treatment Authorization Form must be renewed annually if needed in the next school year.

    4. Any changes in a medication, dose, or time will require a written order from the licensed prescriber.

    5. 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.

    Undesignated Emergency Medication 

    CCSD15 health offices will have the following undesignated emergency medications available for use beginning January 2024. 

    • Undesignated Asthma Medication

      • A school nurse or trained personnel, as defined in State law, may administer an undesignated asthma medication (Albuterol) to a person when they, in good faith, believe a person is having respiratory distress characterized as mild-to-moderate or severe.

    • Undesignated Epinephrine Injectors

      • 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.

    • Undesignated Opioid Antagonist

      •  A school nurse or trained personnel, as defined in State law, may administer an undesignated opioid antagonist (Naloxone) to a person when they, in good faith, believe a person is having an opioid overdose. An Opioid Antagonist is a drug that binds to opioid receptors and blocks or inhibits the effect of opioids acting on those receptors. 

    Medication Administration

    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 rescue medications within the school properties if additional consent forms are provided and additional training and supervision under the school nurse 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 (whether or not undesignated), epinephrine auto injector (whether or not undesignated), or an opioid antagonist regardless of whether authorization was given by the student’s parent/guardian or by the student’s physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. Parents/guardians will be notified after the administration of asthma medication, an epinephrine injector (whether or not designated), an opioid antagonist, or glucagon.

    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 an injury arising from a student’s self-administration of any medication pursuant to a student’s authorized self-administration of medication plan (i.e., IEP, section 504 plan, Individual Health Care Action Plan, asthma action plan, or Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization Form).


     

Medication Administration Form