Memorial Middle School

"Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve"

Medications in School

When it is absolutely medically necessary that a medication be administered during school hours, a written medical order (prescription) is required from a physician.  The order must specifically state the child's name, the medication he or she is to receive, the timing, the dosage, and the exact parameters under which the medication is to be given.  The parents must also sign that they want the medication administered by the nurse during school hours.  The proper form can be requested from my office or downloaded from below.

NJAC 6A:16-1.3 defines medication as a drug approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration for preventing, caring for, and assisting in the cure of disease and injury that has a written order from a physician licensed in medicine, dentistry or osteopathy, or from an advanced practice nurse.  Medication does not include herbal remedies.

All medications must be given to me in the original prescription bottle, bearing the child's name.  Over-the-counter medications require the same sort of medical order, although there obviously will not be a prescription label on the medication.  Double check expiration dates on all bottles, as no expired medications will be accepted.

Because cough drops and lozenges are considered to be medicine, they also require a doctor's prescription.  However, hard candies will be permitted during the course of a mild illness in school.