Student Support Programs and Services
Medication at School

Administration of medication during school hours should occur only when medication schedules cannot be adjusted to provide for administration at home.

Medication will only be administered by school personnel, to students with long-term or chronic illness or disabilities or acute illnesses, which necessitate taking prescribed medication in order to protect the student's health.

Florida State Statute 1002.20

Florida State Statute 1006.062

The following is a brief overview of medication administration procedures for students. You can find the full procedure guidelines (see below): 

  1. A Parent/Guardian Permission form (see below) must be completed by the parent/guardian annually 

  1. Medication must be brought to school by the parent/guardian 

  1. You must provide a script for all over-the-counter medications (annually) 

  1. All Medications provided at school must be FDA approved 

  1. No narcotics, herbal supplements, or homeopathic medications will be given while at school. 

Medical Management Plans

Diabetes Medical Management Plan

Seizure Medical Management Plan

Severe Allergy Medical Management Plan

Asthma Medical Management Plan

Gastric Tube Feeding Medical Management Plan

Catheterization Medical Management Plan

Medication Administration

Medication Administration Guidelines/Permission Form 

Parent/Guardian Authorization to Administer Medication Form

Medication Administration Guidelines/Permission Form (Spanish)

Parent/Guardian Authorization to Administer Medication Form (Spanish)

Authorization Form - Carry/Self-Administer Asthma Inhaler/EpiPen/Pancreatic Enzymes

Authorization Form - Carry/Self-Administer Diabetic Medication & Supplies

Special Dietary Information and Restrictions and Form

Information on Special Dietary Needs can be found here

FNS Request for Special Nutritional Needs (Required Annually)

Chronic Healthy Conditions

Students with Diabetes (Insulin and emergency medication use I.e., glucagon) 

The health, safety, and educational progress of a student with diabetes depends on cooperation and collaboration between the family and school staff members. Working together, they form the school health team that implements the provisions of the student’s written plans and provides the necessary assistance in the school environment.  

In keeping with the guidelines of the Nurse Practice Act, physician orders will not be accepted that delegate the responsibility of insulin dosage adjustment by the parent or guardian to school personnel for those students identified as “with supervision” by the Diabetic Medical Management Plan (DMMP).  

  • A DMMP, Parent Authorization form, and Self-Carry form (if appropriate) will need to be completed upon enrollment and at the beginning of each school year. These forms can be found at this link (Link to Forms page) 

  • Students who are identified as independent in the DMMP, with or without consultation of parents, may provide their own routine diabetes management care. 

  • If the student requires assistance in managing their diabetes care, privacy should be available if requested by the student or parent. 

  • In most cases the medical needs of the student with diabetes will be managed as a team effort between the medical provider, student, parent, school nurse, and trained Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP). The student’s diabetes management will be driven by the DMMP, Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP), and Emergency Care Plan (ECP). 

  • Contact the Registered School Nurse for any concerns, additional information, or questions. 

Students with Seizure disorders (emergency medications I.e., diastat, and management) 

The health, safety, and educational progress of a student with seizure disorders depend on cooperation and collaboration between the family and school staff members. Working together, they form the school health team that implements the provisions of the student’s written plans and provides the necessary assistance in the school environment.  

In keeping with the guidelines of the current Florida legislation/Law, the District School Board of Pasco County Registered School Nurse will be creating an IHP and an ECP based on the Individualized Seizure Action Plan (ISAP) which is completed and signed by the physician that is monitoring the student's seizure disorder.  

  • An ISAP and Parent Authorization form will need to be completed upon enrollment and at the beginning of each school year. These forms can be found at this link (Link to Forms page) please provide the completed forms to the Registered School Nurse. 

  • The Registered School Nurse will be providing training to staff members who are deemed to have regular contact with a student who has been diagnosed with epilepsy or a seizure disorder. 

  • The medical needs of the student with epilepsy or a seizure disorder will be managed as a team effort between the medical provider, student, parent, school nurse, and trained Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP).  

  • Contact the Registered School Nurse for any concerns, additional information, or questions. 

Students with severe allergy (Epinephrine Use)   

A student who has experienced or is at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions may carry an epinephrine auto-injector and self-administer epinephrine by auto-injector while in school, participating in school-sponsored activities, or in transit to or from school or school-sponsored activities if the school has been provided with parent/guardian and medical provider’s authorization. These forms must be completed annually. 

The School Board has authorized the Superintendent to adopt a protocol developed by a licensed physician for the administration of epinephrine by school personnel who are trained by the registered school nurse to recognize an anaphylactic reaction and to administer an epinephrine auto-injection. Stock epi-pens will be maintained in a secure location on school premises for use if a student is having an anaphylactic reaction. Legal: F.S. 381.88 and F.S. 1002.20 

  • An Anaphylaxis Medical Management Plan (AMMP), Parent Authorization form and Self-Carry form (if appropriate) will need to be completed upon enrollment and at the beginning of each school year. These forms can be found at this link (Link to Forms page) 

  • Students who are identified as independent in the Self-Carry form, with or without consultation of a parent, may provide their own anaphylaxis management care. 

  • In most cases, the medical needs of the student with diabetes will be managed as a team effort between the medical provider, student, parent, school nurse, and trained Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP). The student’s diabetes management will be driven by the AMMP, Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP), and Emergency Care Plan (ECP). 

  • Contact the Registered School Nurse for any concerns, additional information, or questions. 

Students who require the use of an Inhaler  

Asthmatic students may carry a metered-dose inhaler while in school with written permission from their parent/guardian and their medical provider. The forms must be completed annually. Legal: F.S. 1002.20

Board Policy 5335: CARE OF STUDENTS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS

Contact Information

Supervisor: Amy Ponce MSN, RN

Secretary: Heather Winkler

Phone: (813) 794-2360

Fax: (813) 794-2117

 

Updated: 07/19/2022