New York State Education Law requires that any student who needs medication (prescription or non-prescription) during the school day provide:
- The family physician or licensed prescriber must submit a written request to the school health office for prescription and non-prescription medication including herbal supplements. This request should contain the diagnosis, the name and dosage of the medication, the frequency, time of administration, and duration.
- The parent or guardian must submit a written request to the school health office.
- The parent or guardian must assume responsibility to have the medication delivered directly to the health office in a properly labeled, original container (i.e., prescription bottle or original over-the-counter container). Medication should not be transported daily to and from school. Parents should ask the pharmacist for two containers—one to remain at home and one for school.
- The medication will be kept in the health office and administered by, or under the supervision of, the school nurse.
- Medication forms may be obtained from the school nurse in each school.
- Authorization from a child’s physician for “standing orders” for over-the-counter or prescription medication (for example, Tylenol, asthma inhalers) must be submitted at the beginning of each school year.