JLCD Administering Medicines to Students




Medication may not be administered to students while at school unless such medicine is given to them by the school nurse acting under specific written request of the parent or guardian and under the written directive of the student's personal physician (see below for exceptions). The medication is to be furnished by the parent or guardian in an appropriate container with a pharmacy label indicating the name of the student, the name of the drug, dosage, frequency of administration, and possible side effects and prescribing physician. If a student has been approved for self-administration, a student who needs medication during the school day may be reminded to take the medicine by the school nurse or other individual designated by the school nurse in the student's medical administration plan. This provision only applies when the school nurse has a medical administration plan in place for the student. No one but the school nurse, and those others listed in the medical administration plan acting within the above restriction, may give any medication to any student.


The school district shall, through the district nurse leader, register with the Dept. of Public Health and train personnel in the use of epinephrine auto-injectors.

The school district may, in conjunction with the School Physician and the School Nurse Leader, stock nasal naloxone (Narcan) and trained medical personnel and first responders may administer nasal naloxone to individuals experiencing a life threatening opiate overdose in a school setting.

If the school district wishes medical personnel to train non-medical staff in the administration of nasal naloxone, the School Committee shall vote to approve such training and the Superintendent shall ensure that medical personnel have a written protocol which complies with medical directives and regulations from the Dept. of Public Health.

Following consultation with the school nurse, and in accordance with the student’s medical administration plan, students who fall into the following exceptions may self-administer medications:

1.  Students with asthma or other respiratory diseases may possess and administer prescription inhalers.

2.  Students with cystic fibrosis may possess and administer prescription enzyme supplements.

3.  Students with diabetes may possess and administer glucose monitoring tests and insulin delivery systems.

4.  Students with life threatening allergies may possess and administer epinephrine.

Medication that is kept at school will be secured.


SOURCE:  MASC October 2016

LEGAL REF.:    M.G.L. 71:54B Dept. of Public Health Regulations:  105 CMR 210.00; 244 CMR 3.00


Edited by Leverett Policy Committee: 02/06/17

First Reading, Leverett School Committee: 03/06/17

Second Reading, First Vote with edits by Leverett School Committee: 04/03/17

Final Vote: 05/01/17