Health Conditions & Medications at School

Washington State law allows for the administration of oral, topical, eye and ear medication during the school day if the following conditions are met:

1. An authorization form must be completed by the parent and a licensed health professional for all medications, prescription and over-the-counter (non-prescription).

2. Medication must be brought to school by the parent or guardian and not the student. Medication must be brought to school in the original container or package and labeled with the student's name, name of medications, exact dosage, name of licensed health professional, and the number of days to be given. Pills will need to be broken prior to being brought to the school for half dosages. The directions on the authorization form must match the same name of the medication, dosage and directions on the medication bottle or package.

3. The law allows for students to carry inhalers during the school day if the licensed health care professional and parent state this in writing on the authorization form. The school nurse will also be part of this decision.

4. Students are not allowed to carry any medication during the school day unless the above conditions are met.

Health Conditions

Prepare for Your Student's Health at School

Washington State law requires that school staff and parents/ gaurdians plan together for the safe care of their child throughout the school day.

  • Health issues: Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning at school to the school nurse. You can contact the nurse directly by phone or e-mail. It is important you update your student's health information on the registration/enrollment form once a year so the school nurse is aware of any new or ongoing health concerns. 


Life-Threatening Health Conditions

  • Emergency Care Plans for School: Washington State law requires that when there is a student with a known life-threatening health condition, schools must be prepared for a life-threatening event on the day the student starts school. Please complete the appropriate Emergency Care Plan (ECP) forms and take needed medication(s) to the school before your child's first day of attendance. If you have questions, please call your school nurse. These documents need to be completed EVERY year prior to the start of school. ECP's contain the most current information and need to be submited along with needed medication(s) and supplies before the first day of school (see special note below for student athletes). Examples of ECP's include: Anaphylactic allergies, asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, heart disorders

  • Student Athletes: If your student is an athlete, and practice begins prior to school starting, the athlete will need to have BOTH their completed ECP's and their needed medications at school/ practice before they are cleared to start. In addition, prior to attending practices or try-outs, all participants must register every school year through FamilyID. A current sports physical is required. Physicals are good for two years.

  • Medical treatments at school: If your child needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer treatments, dressing change, and others please make sure to notify the school nurse.

  • See buttons below for Emergency Care Plan paperwork

  • NOTE: It is always recommended to keep a "back up" supply of the ordered medication in the school office in case your self carrying student forgets their needed medication(s). Students must have their medication accessible for ALL field trips, athletics, and school activities. If they do not, the student will not be allowed to participate. Parent/ guardian will be notified of need to provide medication.