March 12-16 is Education Support Professionals Week.
Administering Oral Medicines to Students
Oral Medication at School
Under normal circumstances prescribed medication should be dispensed before and/or after school hours under the supervision of the parent or guardian.
Medication is defined as all prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs/medications, nutritional supplements and remedies.
The oral medication statute requires a written, current and unexpired request from an approved licensed practitioner for the administration of oral medication at school by non-nurse school staff. The statute also requires a request accompanied by authorization from the parent or guardian.
The superintendent shall establish procedures for:
- Designating staff members who may administer prescribed oral medications to students,
- Training and supervision of staff members in the administration of prescribed oral medication by a registered nurse,
- Receiving a parental or guardian request for the dispensing of prescribed oral medications including a signed and dated request with instructions from a licensed approved practitioner as specified in RCW 28A.210.260 and 270,
- Storing and tracking medication to meet state and federal regulations,
- Maintaining records pertaining to the administration of prescribed oral medications,
- District discontinuance of student medication, and,
- Student self-administration of medication.
No medication shall be administered by injection except when a student is susceptible to a predetermined, singular, life endangering, emergency situation.
Current practice codified 1988
RCW 28A.31.150 RCW 28A.31.155
Immunization of Students (JHCA/JHCB)
SPI Bulletin No. 31-98
WSSDA No. 3416