Medication Process at MHS

The Oregon Legislature, the Oregon State Board of Education and your school district have made rules for students taking or receiving medications at school.

If your child needs to take prescription or non-prescription (over the counter) medication at school, PARENT(S) or GUARDIAN(S) must do the following:

  • Complete authorization for medication administration by school personnel.
  • Bring the physician prescription to the Health Service Department. STUDENTS MUST MAKE THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE BRINGING MEDICINE TO SCHOOL: Medication must be in its original container, and the container label must clearly show the student’s and physician’s names and instructions. If the prescription drug is not in its original pharmacy container, the form must be signed by the doctor as well as the parent.
  • Give the school information for prescription and non-prescription medication.
  • Name of the student.
  • How the medication is to be taken (e.g., by mouth).
  • Dosage (amount of medication, e.g., Amoxil 250 mg, 1 tablet).
  • How often the medication is to be taken (e.g., four times a day).
  • Special instructions, if any (e.g., take ½ hr. before meals).

Self-Medication

Students who are developmentally and/or behaviorally able will be allowed to self-administer prescription and non-prescription medication, subject to the following:

  • A permission form must be submitted for all self-medication of all prescription and non-prescription medication and on file in the Attendance Office.
  • All prescription and non-prescription medication must be kept in its appropriately labeled, original container, as follows:
  • Prescription labels must specify the name of the student, name of the medication, dosage, route, and frequency or time of administration and any other special instructions.
  • Non-prescription medication must have the student’s name affixed to the original container.
  • The student may have in his possession only the amount of medication needed for that school day.
  • Sharing and/or borrowing of medication with another student is strictly prohibited and subject to discipline.
  • Permission to self-medicate may be revoked if the student violates school district policy governing administration of non-injectable medication and/or these regulations. Additionally, students may be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion, as appropriate.

Self-medication agreements can be picked up at the Attendance Office. The agreement must be signed and dated by a parent/legal guardian and student. Violation of any of these policies may result in disciplinary action. Please note that no substance to be taken taken internally, including herbal substances or vitamins of any sort,should be distributed to other students. Without medical advice, one may not know what allergies, sensitivities, etc., others have.

Students who have inhalers for asthma or allergies may keep the inhaler in their possession for self-medication. However, it is important that the student or parent informs the Attendance Office personnel of the presence of the medication, and they fill out a Self-Medication form to be kept on file in the Attendance Office. Bee sting kits may also be carried by students, but the Attendance Office personnel must be informed of this as well, via the Self-Medication form.

Teachers and staff are given a list each school year of any health conditions that may affect specific students. This list is confidential. Please be sure that the Attendance Office personnel know of any conditions, including asthma, allergies, bee sting reactions, or other conditions that teachers and staff may need to know.