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Some students may need prescription and nonprescription medication to participate in their educational program.

Medication shall be administered when the student's parent or guardian (hereafter "parent") provides a signed and dated written statement requesting medication administration and the medication is in the original, labeled container, either as dispensed or in the manufacturer's container.

When administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan shall be developed by the licensed health personnel with the student and the student's parent.  Students who have demonstrated competence in administering

their own medications may self-administer their medication. A written statement by the student's parent shall be on file requesting co-administration of medication, when competence has been demonstrated.   By law, students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases may self -administer their medication upon approval of their parents and prescribing physician regardless of competency.   

Persons administering medication shall include the licensed registered nurse, parent, physician, and persons who have successfully completed a medication administration course reviewed by the Board of Pharmacy Examiners. A medication administration course and periodic update

shall be conducted by a registered nurse or licensed pharmacist, and a record of course completion kept on file at the agency.

A written medication administration record shall be on file including:


1.   date;

2.   student’s name;

3.   prescriber or person authorizing administration;

4.   medication;

5.   medication dosage;

6.   administration time;

7.   administration method;

8.   signature and title of the person administering medication; and

9.   any unusual circumstances, actions, or omissions.

Medication shall be stored in a secured area unless an alternate provision is documented. Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions shall be posted.  Medicationinformation shall be confidential information.





Legal Reference:      Iowa Code §§124.101(1), 147.107, 152.1, 155A.4(2), 280.16, 280.23 (2009)

Education [281] IAC §41.404(3)

Pharmacy [657] IAC §8.32(124, 155A)

Nursing Board [655] IAC §6.2(152)


Cross Reference:        506     Student Records

                                    507     Student Health and Well-Being

                                    603.3  Special Education

                                    607.2  Student Health Services

Approved:                   8-23-93

Reviewed:                   9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15, 2-22-2021

Revised:                      12-23-96