Administration of Medication (Archdiocesan policy 4401.4) states that ideally, all medication should be given at home. However, some students are able to attend school because of the effectiveness of medication in the treatment of chronic illnesses or disabilities. All medication sent to the school must be secured in a locked cabinet under the supervision of the administration.

School personnel will not dispense prescription medication of any kind to a student without:

  • the direct order of a licensed physician, signed and properly filed with the school
  • written permission of the parent which must accompany this order

A current prescription label on a container may serve as a physician’s order.

Prescription medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy. Non-prescription medicine should be in the original container. The parent will need two containers, one for home and one for school. For medications that will be given for the entire school year, the child needs a new prescription container each school year.

Non-prescription medication will be administered only if:

  • written or verbal permission is given by a parent
  • brought in an original container


School personnel will not administer the first dose of any medication.

Students may not carry medication on their person, with the exception of metered-dose in halers when properly registered with the school. Proper documentation must be kept on every dose given.

A parent may not give permission to administer medication differently than the physician’s order.

A parent may not request that medicine prescribed for one child be used for another child in the family.

The school may request from the parent the right to call a physician to clarify a medication order.