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Monday, June 26, 2006

Follow the regulations to administer medications

On a typical school day, 5.6 percent of children receive medication in school in accordance with a variety of state and local regulations. Sixty-four percent of states and 94 percent of school districts have requirements regarding school administration of medication.

Many state and local policies permit delegation of medication administration to trained but unlicensed assistive personnel, from teachers to secretaries. But certain duties cannot be delegated, such as secured storage of controlled substances.

Self-administration policies vary state to state and within school districts. Many require student assessment for age and maturity; others require authorization from prescribers and parents; almost all include signed releases of liability.

It is essential to follow the policy in your state and locality to administer the proper medication for children and avoid liability for mismanagement.

To see the state rules for medication administration in schools, go to