Send medication to school with my child

Before we can administer any medication to students, parents must complete an authorization form. This includes cough drops and creams. Please see below for additional details.

Administering Medications to Students

The district recognizes that administering of medication to students may be necessary when the failure to take such medication would jeopardize the health of the student or the student would not be able to attend school if medication were not made available during school hours. Consequently, students may be permitted to take prescription or nonprescription medication at school under the following guidelines:

The district shall designate trained school personnel authorized to administer non-injectable and life-saving injectable medication to students, as required by law.

The district reserves the right to reject a request to administer prescription or nonprescription medication when such medication is not necessary for the student to remain in school. Self-medication is permitted in accordance with Canby School District administrative procedures.

A. Parent Responsibility:

1. The parent or temporary custodian must bring the medication to school in the original container, labeled with the student’s name, medication name, dosage, route and interval of administration.

2. The district’s Authorization to Dispense Medication form must also be completed, including physician’s signature, and provided to the school. A new form is required for each medication.

3. Responsibility for informing the principal or school nurse in writing of any change in the student’s health or medication lies with the parent.

4. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that an adequate amount of medication is on hand at the school for the duration of the student’s need to take medication.

5. The parent/guardian must ensure that unused medication is picked up within five days after the last day of school.


B. Grades K-6:

All nonprescription remedies (i.e., acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antacids, etc.) also require the authorization form to be completed and for the remedies to come to school in original packaging.

C. Emergency Medications:

Drugs left at school for emergency purposes (i.e., inhalers or antihistamines, etc.) shall be under the same regulations as other medications and shall require a new authorization form at the beginning of each school year.

D. District Staff Responsibility:

1. The principal’s designee or school nurse shall:

a. Receive medication and accompanying authorization form from the parent, as outlined above.

b. Inform the appropriate school personnel;

c. Keep a record of the date and time medication is given;

d. Keep all medications in a safe place, away from children; and

e. Dispose of all unused medications not picked up by parents within a week of the last day of school.

2. The principal, principal’s designee, or the school nurse shall administer the medication in compliance with the procedures set forth in this administrative procedure.