Administering Medications in School: 6 Tips For Parents

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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If your child needs to use medication during the school year, making the proper accommodation with required school personnel is an important task for parents to complete at the beginning of the school year.

Here are some tips to help ensure that your child stays healthy during this school year.

Be up to date on the school’s policies and procedures

Every school will have different policies and procedures for students taking medication during school hours. Even if your child is staying in the school district, policies can change. Be sure to read up on the year’s policies to ensure there are no medication mix-ups.

Schedule medication dosing outside of school hours

If your child needs to take a medication three times daily, try giving it when you’re home rather than at school. Your child’s medication, if taken 3 times daily, can be given before school, after school, and at bedtime under your supervision.  Giving medicine during school hours should be done only if it’s completely necessary as the potential for various issues or problems can arise.  

Have your pharmacy give you an extra labeled bottle

If your child needs medication given during school hours, make sure you’re prepared. Ask your pharmacy to give you an extra labeled bottle with your child’s prescription information so you can provide it to the proper school personnel.

Have the doctor write an extra prescription

Some insurance companies will allow your doctor to write a prescription stating “for home” and “for school” for certain medications such as rescue inhalers, epinephrine for life-threatening allergic reactions or emergency seizure or diabetes medications. The following are examples of these medications:

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Make sure your child has supplies on hand for low blood sugar

If your child is diabetic, make sure the school has supplies on hand to deal with low blood sugar. A quick sugar source such as a juice box, regular soda pop, or glucose tablets are easy for the school to store and can bring your child’s blood sugar up.

Store emergency information in their cell phone

Whether your child has an Android or Apple phone you can help them set-up important emergency information. 

Android devices have an emergency info screen that will let you add details including name, address, date of birth, blood type, known allergies, medications, medical conditions, and more. You can also specify an emergency contact. 

Apple phones also have a similar functionality with Medical ID built into the Health application for iPhones. It can also be accessed through the lock screen.

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