Medication in School

New York State law states that no medication can be administered at school except under doctors' orders. Even then, the medication must be given by the school nurse. This includes not only prescription medicines but over-the-counter remedies such as Tylenol, cough syrup and cough drops.

School nurses are permitted to dispense medications during school hours only when:

  1. Written permission is received from parents.
  2. Written permission is received from a physician with instructions for administering.
  3. A parent/guardian delivers the medicine to the nurse's office in a pharmacy container with the label intact. (Ask your pharmacist for a second, smaller container for school doses.) Over-the-counter medications must be in their original unopened packaging with the student's name written on it.

Contact your school nurse regarding self-carry asthma medication. Do not allow children to carry medicine to school.

Do not allow children to carry medicine to school.

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