AP 782: Medical - Administering Prescribed Medications

Health & Safety


Administration of prescribed medication or personal care is fundamentally a medical, and not an educational function.


1. Primary responsibility for the administration of prescribed medications rests with the individual student, that student’s parents or guardians and the appropriate medical personnel.

2. A Principal, after consultation with the student's parents or guardian, is responsible for any determination to have a school staff member administer physician-prescribed-medication during school hours.

3. Staff may assist parents in the provision of care to students, provided:

3.1. A clear and valid prescription with instructions from a regulated prescriber is provided to the school by the parent;

3.1.1. Regulated Prescribers are those who have been granted the authority, by the statute or regulation of Alberta, to prescribe medication. Examples may include, but are not limited to; physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and dentists;

3.2. Parents have completed the Request for Assistance to Administer Medication Form.

4. The provision of personal care and assistance to students may be required in emergency life threatening situations.

5. The ongoing, daily administration of medication may be necessary and therefore identified as a required process in a student’s Individual Care Plan.



Date Approved: January 30, 2020

Reference: Emergency Medical Aid Act (E-7 RSA 2000)
Occupational Health and Safety Act

Reviewed or Revised:
Executive: January, 2021

References shall be updated as required and do not require additional approval.