It can vary from state to state. Usually it has to be in a pharmacy labeled container for the child/patient with clear instructions. it also has to be given during the school day. Schools can refuse medications that are for bedtime or breakfast. It is not the school's responsibility to provide administration of medicines not due during school hours. They are kept in the school nurse's office or a responsible administrator. At the end of the school year, they are collected by the parents or disposed of in an appropriate manner. Check out the AAP's policy on medication in schools.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics