Many children who take medications need them during the school day. In a revised policy statement, “Guidance for the Administration of Medication in School,”
the AAP issues recommendations for school districts, pediatricians and other child health professionals. The AAP recommends that pediatricians prescribe medications for administration at school only when necessary. Pediatricians should learn about local school nursing services and medication policies, and whether the school nurse is at the school all day, every day, or if medication administration is delegated to an unlicensed assistant. The AAP strongly endorses the presence of a full-time, licensed registered nurse in schools. Parents can help promote safe medication administration at their child’s school by informing their pediatrician about the school health services provided at the school.