Houston Early Learning Center

Medication Information

Administration of Medication

Whenever possible, the administration of medication should be given before or after school hours. However, some circumstances do require that medication be given during the school day.

Northwest Local School District Policy for Administration of Medication is consistent with the Ohio Revised Code 3313.713 (The Medication Policy Law).

Whenever possible the administration of medication required by a student during the school day should be given before or after school hours. However, certain students may require the administration of medication during the school day to maintain an optimum health status for learning. In the event that a student requires the administration of medication, prescription and/or over-the-counter, during the school day the following procedure must be followed:

  1. In the event that student requires medication, prescription and /or over-the-counter, during the school day, an Administration of Medication Form, physician order and parental permission must be completed in its entirety and signed by the prescribing physician and the parent/guardian.
  2. Medication is to be brought to the school building by the parent/guardian in the original container.
  3. A parent, guardian or adult designated by the parent is responsible to personally bring any medication to the school building. Never send medication with a student.
  4. All medication is kept in a locked storage unit in each school building.
  5. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to instruct the student to come to the Health Room at the appropriate time for medication administration.
  6. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain an updated physician order when the medication changes in any way.
  7. Any unused medication not claimed on the last day of school will be destroyed.
  8. A new medication order must be submitted each school year.

Administration of Prescribed Medical Treatment 

The student may require a prescribed medical treatment (non-medication) during the school day such as tube feeding, dressing change or catheterization. The prescribing provider and the parent must complete the Administration of Prescribed Medical Treatment form before school personnel may initiate the medical treatment. This form may be obtained in the Health Office.

Immunization Requirements

The Nurse/Health Assistant reviews the immunization record provided by the parent or previous school to ensure the proper immunization of all students in accordance with Ohio law. If it is determined that the student needs additional immunizations at the beginning of the school year, it is expected that immunizations are obtained immediately upon notification from the Health Office. If the student is found to be out of compliance with Ohio law, the student will be excluded after 14 days into the school year per Ohio law.

Immunization requirements for school may change annually.

School Screenings 

The Ohio Department of Health requires that vision and hearing screening are performed on students at specific grade levels. Students are referred for additional care if they do not pass the screening.

Vision is screened at the following grade levels: kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth grades.

Hearing is screened at the following grade levels: kindergarten, first, third, fifth and ninth grades.

Postural screening is performed in accordance with the recommendations by the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) and SRS (Scoliosis Research Society). This screening helps identify students with curvature of the spine known as scoliosis as well as other spinal problems.

Postural screening occurs in grade seven for boys and girls.

Students are referred for additional care if a concern is noted.

In the event that a parent does not want the student participating in one or all of the screenings, the parent must contact the Health Office.