West Haven Board of Education Medication Policy

Connecticut State Law requires that students who receive medication in school have a written order on file at school. The medication form must be completed by the health care provider and signed by the parent/guardian. All medication orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year. Any change in the order will require a new written form. Medication will be given only if the effectiveness depends on administration during school hours.

Dear Parent/Guardian: All medications administered in school must be:

  1. Brought to school by parent/guardian or responsible adult.
  2. In the original pharmacy container with name of student, healthcare provider, medication name and dosage.
  3. Given to school nurse.
  4. In the absence of the school nurse, a principal may accept medication. However, the school nurse must review all forms and pharmacy containers before medication can be given. You will be contacted if all requirements have not been met.
  5. Accompanied by a signed authorization from physician/dentist, advanced practice nurse or physician’s assistant and parent/guardian with time to be taken, reason and duration.
  6. The first dose of medication must be given at home. The school nurse will not administer medication in school for the first time. Aspirin, Tylenol or any over the counter medications must follow the same rules, and the container must be a new unopened one.


No more than a 45-day supply will be accepted. Any unused medication must be picked up by a parent or responsible adult before the last day of school or it will be destroyed.

All conditions must be met in order to insure the safety and well being of your child.
You can, of course, come to school and administer the medication yourself.
You may call the Nurse at your child's school if you have questions.
Thank you for your cooperation.

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