No employee shall give any student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements of any type, except as authorized by this or other District policy.

Medication Provided by Parent

The Superintendent shall designate the employees who are authorized to administer medication that has been provided by a student's parent. An authorized employee is permitted to administer the following medication in accordance with administrative regulations:

  1. Prescription medication in accordance with legal requirements.
  2. Nonprescription medication, upon a parent's written request, when properly labeled and in the original container.
  3. Herbal substances or dietary supplements provided by the parent and only if:
    1. The child's personal physician has ordered that such product(s) be administered;
    2. The order specifies that the product(s) must be administered during school hours; and
    3. The child's individualized education program (IEP) or 504 Plan requires that the product(s) are necessary for the provision of a free appropriate public education for a student with a disability.

Medication Provided by District

Emergency Basis

The District shall purchase certain nonprescription medications to administer to students only on an emergency basis and in accordance with:

  1. Protocols established by the District's medical adviser who must be licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas; and
  2. Parental consent given on the emergency treatment form.

The Superintendent shall designate the employees who are authorized to administer nonprescription medication under these protocols and permissions.

Athletic Program

The District shall purchase nonprescription medication that may be used to prevent or treat illness or injury in the District's athletic program. Only a licensed athletic trainer or a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas may administer this medication and may do so only if:

  1. The District has prior written consent for medication to be administered [see Medical Treatment, below]; and
  2. The administration of a medication by an athletic trainer is in accordance with a standing order or procedures approved by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas.


Except as permitted by law, an employee shall not:

  1. Recommend to a student or a parent that the student use a psychotropic drug;
  2. Suggest a particular diagnosis; or
  3. Exclude the student from a class or a school-related activity because of the parent's refusal to consent to psychiatric evaluation or examination or treatment of the student.

Medical Treatment

A student's parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control shall annually complete and sign a form that provides emergency information and addresses authorization regarding medical treatment. A student who has reached age 18 shall be permitted to complete this form.

The District shall seek appropriate emergency care for a student as required or deemed necessary.

Highland Park ISD-Dallas County



DATE ISSUED: 1/5/2021