Alabama School Medication Law
Section 16-1-39 – Self-administration of medications by student.
(a) Commencing with the 2007-2008 scholastic year, each local board of
education and the governing body of each nonpublic school in the state shall
permit the self-administration of medications by a student for chronic
conditions if conducted in compliance with the State Department of Education
and State Board of Nursing Medication Curriculum, as may be amended from
time to time by the department and board. Approved medications may be selfadministered
if the parent or legal guardian of the student provides all of the
information outlined in the medication curriculum, including, but not limited
to, all of the following:
(1) Written and signed authorization for the self-administration to the chief
executive officer of the school.
(2) Written and signed acknowledgement that the school shall incur no
liability and that the parent or legal guardian shall indemnify and hold
harmless the school and the employees and agents of the school against any
claims that may arise relating to the self-administration of approved
(3) Written medical authorization that includes all of the following:
a. The signature of the attending physician, or his or her authorized agent.
b. Confirmation that the student has been instructed in the proper selfadministration
of the approved medication.
c. The name, purpose, and prescribed dosage of the medications to be selfadministered.
d. The frequency with which the prescribed medications are to be
e. Any special instructions or circumstances under which the medications
should be administered.
f. The length of time for which the medications are prescribed.
(b) All documents provided to a school pursuant to subsection (a) shall be kept
on file in the office of the school nurse or chief executive officer of the school.