Medications at School
All medications should be given at home if possible. The first dose of a new medication may NOT be administered at school. In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, the following guidelines must be followed for the administration of student prescription medication. The Laurel Medication Guidelines are followed for administration of over-the-counter and non-prescription medication.
When bringing Medication to school:
- Complete the required form: Prescription Medication Authorization or the Non-Prescription Authorization form (see FinalForms-optional/situational forms).
- Prescription medication MUST be in its original container.
- Container must have a fixed label which indicates the student’s name, name of medication, dosage, method of administration and time of administration.
- The prescription bottle and physician’s order MUST match.
- Ask the pharmacy for a ‘school bottle’ for prescription medications.
- Non-prescription medication must be in its original unopened container. Single dose packets work well. NO loose pills in baggies!
- The parent/guardian is responsible for delivering the medication to school.
- Students may not carry or administer their own medications including cough drops. Exceptions include EpiPen and inhaler with physician approval and Upper School students can have cough drops.
- Changes in medication, dosage, or administration that occur throughout the school year will require a new Prescription Medication Authorization form.
- All medications and authorizations are only valid for the given school year.
Pre-Primary Division: All medications: prescription; over the counter or non-prescription require a Prescription Medication Authorization and parent signature.
Prescription medication requires the permission and signature of BOTH the parent and physician or the medication will not be given. Have the authorization be valid for the entire school year.
- The Laurel Prescription Medication Authorization Form (see FinalForms-optional/situational forms) may be used OR physicians may use their own form.
- “No drug prescribed by a physician for a student may be administered in accordance with this Policy unless:
- the School receives a written request signed by the parent, guardian, or other person having care or charge of the student to whom the drug is to be administered;
- the School receives a statement signed by the physician who prescribed the drug that includes certain information (including the name and address of the student, the name of the School, the name of the drug and the dosage, the time or intervals at which each dosage of the drug is to be administered, the date the administration of the drug is to begin and is to cease, a list of severe adverse reactions that should be reported to the prescriber, emergency contact information for the prescriber (including one or more phone numbers) and any special instructions for the administration of the drug (e.g., sterile conditions, storage, etc.);
- the parent guardian or other person having care of the student agrees to submit a revised statement signed by the prescribing physician upon any change in the information provided by such prescribing physician;
- the person authorized by the School to administer the drug receives a copy of the statement in Numbers (1)-(3) above; and
- each drug is received by the person authorized to administer such drug to the student for whom the drug is prescribed in the container in which such drug was dispensed by the physician or a licensed pharmacist.”
Laurel will provide the following over-the-counter (OTC) medicines as recommended by the house physician. You should have completed this form in FinalForms during the back to school online forms process giving permission for the following medications:
- Acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) and children’s Tylenol (chew/liquid)
- Ibuprofen (generic Advil, Motrin) and children’s Advil/Motrin (chews/liquid)
- Pseudoephidrine HCl (generic Sudafed)
- Robutussin DM (is NOT sent on field trips)
- Cough drops/throat lozenges
- Sunscreen: Sun-X, SPF 30, PABA free, oil free, UVA&UVB protection. Contains aloe vera gel, vitamin E and cedar fragrance
- Insect repellent: Off! Skintastic for Kids with Aloe, unscented, DEET: 4.75-7.0%
- Non-Prescription Medication Form requires only a parent/guardian signature.
- Form is used for any non-prescription drugs that need to be taken, "TUMS" for example.
- The Prescription Medication Authorization form and the Asthma Management Care Plan are required to have a prescribed inhaler at school.
- In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own inhaler with physician and parent written approval. Please complete the Prescription Medication Authorization form (FinalForms-optional/situational forms).
- If they will not carry it, an inhaler is required to be kept in the Nurse’s Office.
- Should your child choose to carry their inhaler it needs to be in a convenient easy-to-find place for others, if needed, for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
- Separate inhalers are needed for school use and athletic use. Inhalers will NOT be sent from the Nurse's Office to athletic events. The coach must have a separate inhaler.
- Please obtain the required Prescription Medication Authorization form and complete the required Asthma Management Care Plan found in FinalForms (see optional/situational forms).
- Requires Prescription Medication Authorization Form
- Please obtain the needed written physician’s authorization and complete Serious Allergy Care Plan found in FinalForms.
- In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own EpiPen with physician and parent written approval.
- If your child will carry their own EpiPen it is also REQUIRED to have a second EpiPen in the Nurse’s Office. By Ohio law the parent/guardian agrees it is important to keep a back-up epinephrine autoinjector in the Nurse’s office
- If not you are required to keep two EpiPens in the Nurse’s Office.
- This allows us to always have two EpiPens available for your child in case of an emergency.
- If they are carrying it they will need to be responsible and take it to lunch, on field trips and after school activities.
- The EpiPen needs to be in a convenient easy-to-find place for others if needed for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
- Please contact the school nurse directly.