Medications may be administered by school staff under the delegation of school, campus and district nurses according to 201 KAR 20:400, KRS 156.502, KRS 158.834, KRS 158.836 and OCBE Administrative Regulation 9020.01-AR.



Please be advised of policies concerning administration of medications by school personnel. For a complete policy listing, request a copy of 9020.01-AR “Policy on Medication Administration” from your school office.

  1. Students themselves are not permitted to bring any medications into the school, carry medication on their person or transport medications during bus transportation to/from school. (Exception: Emergency or Life-Sustaining medications prescribed and documented by physician on health care plan for specific condition.)
  2. Parents of students who require access to emergency medications such as a Glucagon, Epi-pen, Inhaler, Diastat or other emergency medication, must contact the school nurse to complete a Health Care Plan.
  3. All prescription medication must be brought into school office by parent/guardian in the most current, original pharmacy-labeled containers. This includes the student’s name, name of drug, dosage, route of administration, specific time of administration, and expiration date. School personnel cannot divide or cut pills in half. 
    Please provide adequate quantity of medication needed for daily school administration for duration of current prescription, as school staff cannot accept medication from improper containers. Please request two prescription bottles from your pharmacy if needed.
  4. All prescription medication will be counted upon receipt by school personnel. Your signature will be required that we have received the documented amount of medication.
  5. Medications will be administered according to prescription/manufacturer’s dosing instructions, unless documentation from a physician stating otherwise is received.
  6. School personnel will administer prescription medication provided there is a signed “Authorization to Give Medication” 9020.01-F on file. This form must be current, coinciding with the current prescription medication you are requesting school personnel to administer.
  7. Over-the-counter (i.e. Tylenol) medication brought into the school office by parent/guardian must be in a small, unopened, original manufacturer’s container and can only be administered according to manufacturer’s dosing instructions. (some schools may require a physician’s written directive regarding the administration of OTC medications by school staff – see student handbook or school office) 
    An "Authorization to Give Medication" AR9020.01-F signed by parent is required. Upon student request of an OTC medication, the school staff will notify parent/guardian to receive verbal permission to administer med based on the current student complaint. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, school staff will not administer the OTC medication. This is to protect the student from an overdose of medication or change in student’s medical history.
  8. Narcotic/Pain medication (i.e. Tylenol w/Codeine, Hydrocodone) is not permitted to be housed, stored or administered by OCBE employees.
  9. Parent/guardian must pick-up unused medications at end of school year or it will be destroyed.
  10. Medication is primarily the responsibility of the parent/guardian, and should be administered before/after school.

To protect the safety of your child, we must have your adherence to this policy.  If you have questions about the policy, or need additional information related to the administration of medication in the schools, please contact School Health Services at 241.3500.

Authorization to Give Medication AR 9020.01-F

Medication Administration Daily Log AR 9020.02-F