Medications and Health Care Action Plans

Medication may be given to students at school according to the Colorado Department of Education’s Medication Administration Guidelines in the School and Childcare Settings and Poudre School District's medications policies JLCD and JLCD-R.


Procedures for Medications 

  • All medications - prescription and non prescription - require forms to be completed.
  • Different bottles and packets of medications.Medications need to be unexpired and unopened, in their original packaging (as small as possible) or prescription container with the most current label. Medications must be turned in to the health office, with the appropriate medication authorization form, by the parent/guardian.
  • If the parent or guardian is not available to drop off or pick up medication, contact the health office to make other arrangements. Do not send medications with students!


Medication Forms

  • Emergency medications: Required forms are linked in the health conditions noted below. 

Health Conditions, Plans and Medications

Health Care Action Plans (HCAPs) and medication administration forms must be completed by a health care provider and signed by the parent/guardian. HCAPs and forms expire and must be submitted each year for the student. 

If your child is managing a health condition, you will find resources and required forms available in sections belowPlease note that it is best to print the form and take it to your annual well child visit to avoid additional charges by your medical provider. 


A cartoon drawing of a child with food items representing allergies.In compliance with CO REV STAT 22-2-135 (2018), PSD asks families to provide information about their student’s allergy and reaction and to submit a completed *Allergy and Anaphylaxis HCAP/Authorization Form,* and if appropriate, a Medical Meal Modification form.

  • Students with emergency medications may self-carry their medication (epinephrine, albuterol, antihistamine) with signed permission by the medical provider and parent/guardian on the HCAP or medication administration form.
  • The school nurse will assess the student’s ability to manage their medication and work toward independent self-administration as needed. 


PSD Food Allergy Guide

PSD recognizes the needs of students with potentially life-threatening food allergies and harmful food intolerances and its responsibility to provide a safe environment for them. The PSD Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Advisory Committee is a collaborative group of parents, nurses, and administrators that works to provide safety guidelines and practices for schools with students with allergies.

Nurses and Health Techs at Schools >>


School Lunch and Modifications

Food Allergy Resources

  • FARE (Food, Allergy, Research & Education)
  • FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team)
  • CDC (Center for Disease Control)


    Roles and Responsibilities

    In the Classroom

    • Teacher Roles, Responsibilities 
    • Substitute teachers are made aware of food allergy/anaphylaxis/emergency care by online modular training and onsite student specific information communicated at the beginning of each assignment. Many schools require high-usage substitutes to receive anaphylaxis and emergency response training and delegation.


    The 504 Plan - The 504 Plan gets its name from Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal law that prohibits schools with federal funding from excluding or otherwise discriminating against a student with a "disability" solely on the basis of that disability. This plan is created when standard school policies and procedures do not meet the needs of the student. It outlines accommodations in the classroom and other locations or activities that achieve the goal of providing a safe educational environment, detailing the roles and responsibilities of the school educators, parent and student.


          More: Frequently Asked Questions >>



          A drawing of young girl using an inhaler.In compliance with CO REV STAT 22-2-135 (2018), schools require an *Asthma HCAP/Authorization Form completed by a healthcare provider for medical care to be administered in school.

          • This form also allows student possession and self-administration of asthma medication as long as the provider and parent agree.
          • The school nurse will assess the student’s ability to manage the medication and work towards independent self-administration as needed. 


          CA child with diabetes holds his arm up.hildren with diabetes require special management of diabetes and their health care needs at school to allow them to access the same education and opportunities as their peers and to keep them safe at school.

          PSD has a diabetes resource nurse who works closely with school nurses, families and providers to ensure all students with diabetes are appropriately cared for in the school setting.


          Headaches and Migraines

          A drawing of child with a headache.Headaches are a common problem in children.  About 11% of children and 28% of teenagers get frequent headaches.

          If your student is affected by headaches, please have your student’s health care provider fill out the:


          A drawing of a mother tending to a child having a seizure.In compliance with the CO REV STAT 22-1-132 (2022), PSD requires training of appropriate staff in seizure recognition and first aid. Designated employees are trained/delegated by the school nurse to administer prescribed treatments for students with a seizure diagnosis.

          Serious emergencies rarely happen, but when they do, having a plan that is simple, easy to follow and well organized provides responders with the approach they need for an effective response.

          The parent or legal guardian is encouraged to submit the student’s Seizure HCAP/Authorization Form | Español HCAP Seizure Form and/or any amendments to the student’s seizure HCAP at the beginning of the school year, following diagnosis of a seizure disorder, or upon any significant health status change in a timely manner.

          Other Medical Procedures and Health Needs

          alt""For any other medical/nursing procedures or healthcare needs, please contact your school nurse directly Nurse/Health Tech contacts. 

          Medical Conditions with Attendance Challenges

          A parent works with a child at home.

          Homebound Services in PSDare appropriate for students with a documented medical or mental health condition that prohibits attendance at school for more than three weeks. This is a temporary placement to allow for continuity of education over a limited period of time.

          PSD also offers a teen parenting program for students who are pregnant or parenting. Other alternative school options:

          Find more information about these in the Alternative Schools/Programs web section.


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