Hillsboro Independent School District
Medication Administration Policy
Your child may have an illness that requires medication for relief or cure that does not prevent him or her from attending school. When possible, such medications should be scheduled to be taken at home. However, according to Texas State
Legislature and Hillsboro ISD Board of Trustee policy, a medication may be dispensed to a student by school personnel with parental consent. The following requirements must be met by the parent or legal guardian requesting this service:
1) All prescription medications must be in the original pharmacy container and labeled by the pharmacist. The label must include:
a) Student’s Name
b) Name of prescribing health care provider
c) Name of medication
d) Amount of medication to be given and frequency of administration
e) Date prescription filled
f) Expiration date
2) All non-prescription medications must be in their original containers or blister packs. The medication cannot be expired according to the expiration date on the container.
3) All prescription and non-prescription medications to be administered at school must be accompanied by a written request, with the following information:
a) Student’s name
b) Name of medication
c) Amount of medication to be administered
d) When / how often the medication is to be given
e) Date to start administration
f) Expiration date of medication
g) Signature of physician only if it is an over-the-counter medication to be given on a routine basis
h) Signature of parent/guardian
Permission forms are available at the school office or on the Hillsboro ISD website www.hillsboroisd.org
4) Medications prescribed or requested to be given three times per day or less are not to be given at school unless a specific time during school hours is prescribed by a health care provider, or the school nurse determines that a special need exists for an individual student.
5) All medications will be stored and dispensed in the school clinic.
6) No student may have prescription or non-prescription medications (including cough drops) in his/her possession on school grounds during school hours without proper authorization. Parents must bring the medication in to the school and pick it up as needed.
7) According to the Texas Department of Health, parental permission is considered good until the end of the school year unless permission is revoked in writing, or the medication is no longer available for use.
8) In accordance with the Board of Nurse Examiner’s rule, 22 Texas Administrative code 217.11, the school nurse has the responsibility and authority to refuse to administer medications that, in his or her judgment, are not in the best interest of the student.
9) The nurse will be the designated school official responsible for the administration of medications. If the nurse if absent or unavailable, the responsibility for medication administration falls to one of three authorized school personnel trained in medication administration. A parent/guardian has the right, in writing, to decline allowing this alternate person from administering medication to their child. In such a case, it is the parent’s responsibility to come to the school and administer the medication.
10) Hillsboro ISD is not responsible for supplying medications to the students, including pain relievers and antibiotic ointment. Any medication a parent wishes for their child to have available for their use for the school year can be brought to the nurse, stored, and used until the end of the school year, until the medication expires, or until the parent takes the medication back home.
11) Any medication not picked up by the end of the school year will be destroyed.