Medication at School
(refer to Board Policy 7:270-May 2019)
District 28 requires parent and physician written permission to administer medication at school. This includes over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, eye drops, etc. Medication brought to school must be in an appropriately labeled container from the pharmacy.
Medication Administration Request Form is effective for the school year and permission must be renewed each subsequent school year.
For students needing inhalers:
Students with asthma are permitted to carry and self-administer their inhalers as needed, if they have parent permission and a copy of the prescription label on the container (instead of a written note from the physician.) Parents choosing the option of having the student responsible for the inhaler should complete the “Parent/Student Agreement to Carry Inhaler.” For students with moderate to severe asthma, an “Asthma Emergency Care Plan” form should be completed by the physician.
For students needing epinephrine auto-injectors:
Students at risk of anaphylaxis are permitted to carry and self-administer their epinephrine auto-injectors. Parents choosing this option should complete the “Parent/Student Agreement to Carry Epinephrine Auto-Injector.” In addition, students with severe food allergies are required to provide an “Allergy Emergency Care Plan” with parent and physician signature.
All medical forms used in District 28 may be downloaded at on the Medical Forms page.
School District Supply of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
The superintendent or designee shall implement 105 ILCS5/22-30 of the School Code and maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of the district and provide or administer them as necessary according to State law. This section of the policy is void whenever the superintendent or designee is, for whatever reason, unable to: (1) obtain for the district a prescription for school epinephrine auto-injectors and a standing protocol from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, or (2) fill the district’s prescription for school epinephrine auto-injectors. Upon implementation of this subsection and Section 22-30(f) of the School Code, the protections from liability and hold harmless provisions as explained in Section 22-30© of the School Code apply. No one, including without limitation parents/guardians of student, should rely on the district for the availability of an epinephrine auto-injector. This policy does not guarantee the availability of an epinephrine auto-injector; students and their parents/guardians should consult their own physician regarding this medication.
Administration of Medical Cannabis
In accordance with the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program, qualifying students are allowed to utilize medical cannabis- infused products while at school and school events. Please contact the building principal for additional information. Discipline of a student for being administered a product by a designated caregiver pursuant to this procedure is prohibited. The district may not deny a student attendance at a school solely because he or she requires administration of the product during school hours.
The school may maintain the following undesignated prescription medications for emergency use: (1) Asthma medication; (2) Epinephrine injectors; (3) Opioid antagonists; and (4) Glucagon. No one, including without limitation, parents/guardians of students, should rely on the school or district for the availability of undesignated medication. This procedure does not guarantee the availability of undesignated medications. Students and their parents/guardians should consult their own physician regarding these medication(s).