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Administering Medication at School

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian for the administration of medication of any kind to students of the Durham District School Board.

The Durham District School Board recognizes that there are special cases where a student must have prescriptive medication during regular school hours. School staff cannot administer medication to a student unless there is a current signed consent form on file (see below). All forms expire on June 30 of each school year and must be completed and signed by the student's prescribing doctor.

The passing of Ryan's Law in April 2015 means that students may, with a parent's permission, keep an emergency inhaler on them. However, all medication must first be brought to the school office on or before the student's first day of classes to be logged and must be accompanied by the relevant forms listed below.

Administration of Oral Medication (e.g. inhaler, Benadryl).
Flovent (orange) inhalers are not kept at school. These inhalers are best kept at home where they can be taken as prescribed (usually before bed and/or first thing in the morning). All 3 pages must be returned with your child's medication.

Administration of Medication by Injection (e.g. Epipen, Allerject). Both pages must be returned with your child's medication.

If your child has a life-threatening allergy or illness, you are encouraged to obtain a free MedicAlert bracelet through the No Child Without program. 

These procedures are governed by the DDSB Procedure 5135 (Administration of Prescriptive Medication by Injection) and Policy 5140 (Administrative of Prescriptive Oral Medication). If you require further information, please review these items on the DDSB website