Administration of Medication in Schools

Many students are able to attend public school because of the effective use of medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities and or illnesses. Any student who is required to take medication during school hours must comply with school regulations stating that the administration of medication to pupils shall occur only in exceptional circumstances in which the child’s health may be jeopardized without it. 

  • Pupils requiring medication during school hours must have a written statement from the family physician that identifies the type, dosage, time, and purpose of the medication.
  • Written permission by the parent or guardian requesting that the school nurse administer the medication is mandatory. 
  • Medication must be given and administered by the school nurse in a prescription container properly labeled by the pharmacist or physician. No unqualified or unlicensed individual shall administer medication to any student (Nurse Practice Act, N.J.S.A. 45:11- 37).
  • In the event of the absence of a school nurse, the parent shall be responsible for the administration of the medication.
  • Non-prescription drugs are not to be administered unless written permission is received from the physician.
  • All medications to be administered in school must be kept in a locked closet in the health office.
  • No medications may be kept in a student’s locker