Medication at School

If your child needs to receive medication during school hours, state laws must be met before the medication may be used at school. Ephrata School District policy #3416 is in place to meet Washington State law and for your child's health and safety.

               All medication, including over the counter products, must have doctor's orders in place. The orders must include the medical provider's signature and the parent/guardian signature. These orders are good for one school year only.
              The medication must be in the original container or prescription bottle labeled with instructions on how to take the medicine at school. You may request a bottle from your pharmacist labeled for school administration only.
              Medicine must be transported to and from the school by the parent or other adult and checked-in at the school office.
              On early dismissal days medication will be administered if the recommended dose falls within the scheduled school hours.
            For the student to carry their emergency medication, such as asthma inhalers or epinephrine auto-injectors, the health care provider, the parent and the school nurse must all agree the child is capable of self administration. The medication must be kept in the labeled, original container. Doctor's orders must already be on-file in the school office.
                Epinephrine Auto-Injectors which do not require drawing up dosages are the only type of emergency anaphylactic medication the school will accept. We encourage you to have two: one for the student to carry, if age appropriate, and one to leave at school.
            Any extra medications at the end of the year will be kept at the office for you to pick up. If the medication is not picked up within 10 days after school is dismissed, the medications will be destroyed.
            Pills are to be cut in half by the pharmacist or parent, not by school employees or your child.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these rules to ensure safe medication administration for your child at school. 

*Please Note: Some of the forms linked below in Spanish have English instructions on the first page. This page is intended for medical practitioners and is intentionally in English. Page 2 instructions are intended for parent/guardians and are in Spanish. 

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