The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The School Board shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness. The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours, or the child is disabled and requires medication to benefit from his/her educational program.

Medication shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a medical provider and any nonprescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies. "Treatment" refers to the manner in which a medication is administered and to health-care procedures which require special training, such as catheterization. These definitions do not include sunscreen or its application. The use of sunscreen is governed by Policy 5330.02, Sun Safety.

Written medication authorization signed by the child's medical provider and parent shall be provided before any prescribed medication or treatment may be administered to any student during school hours. Parents may administer medication or treatment. The child's medical provider and the parent must also authorize in writing any self-medication by the student such as epi-pens and inhalers. Medication shall not be carried on a student's person in the school except as approved by the principal. Furthermore, no student is allowed to provide or sell any type of over-the-counter medication to another student.

Only medication in its original container labeled with the date, the student's name, and exact dosage will be administered. The principal will designate person(s) to be responsible for accepting, counting, and administering the medication. The designated person(s) will complete a medication log for each student when medication is administered. Medication will be counted and stored in the original container and locked. The principal shall properly dispose of unused medication.

A licensed nurse is permitted to administer any medication requiring intravenous or intramuscular injection or the insertion of a device into the body when both the medication and the procedure are prescribed by a physician and the staff member has completed any necessary training.

Students who may require administration of an emergency medication may have the medication locked in the clinic/school office and administered according to this policy.

Inservice programs will be conducted for those authorized to administer medication.

Administrative procedures implementing this policy are found in the Manual for School Health Facilitators.

F.S. 1006.062

Revised 10/7/14

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