i am a clinic sub (lpn) and have worked in clinics full-time/full-year, so i've worked in all grade settings and we are not allowed to give any medications of any type (otc or other), unless brought in by a parent or guardian with a filled out & signed permission slip. preferrably bottle to be unopened. at end of school year all meds must be picked up by an adult or they are to be discarded --- meaning they can not be kept/carried over from year to year (no matter what grade the student is in or what the med is). each new school year a new medication release form (permission form) must be filled out for the new bottle of med to be dispensed. these are rules mandated by our county health dept. and local school board.
any otc meds that parents don't come pick up or that call & tell you to just "throw them out", --- otc's, we will sometimes keep for staff/teacher use only; i.e. tylenol, motrin, pepto, etc. --- rather than the clinic purchase them. we don't ever use our small, meager budget on any otc's for anyone. even teachers/staff must supply their own if we don't have left-overs that we saved from prior year. we are a school clinic, not a free-clinic!!!