My child needs to take medication during the school day. Can the school nurse administer the medication?

If your child requires medication during the school day, the school nurse will administer the medication if the following requirements are met:

  • Written parent permission for the administration of the medication at school.
  • A legal order from a physician or nurse practitioner, detailing the diagnosis or type of illness being treated, the name of the medication, dosage, time of administration, and side effects.
  • Medication is brought to the school health office in the original prescription-labeled container by an adult.

All medications will be kept in the school health office in a locked cabinet.

 

Please see form section for appropriate forms.

May my child carry his/his/her own medication?

Only students with self-administration orders on file are allowed to have medication in their possession. Self-administration of medication is granted to students only when the physician and parent/guardian have completed and returned a signed authorization form.

What happens to my child’s medications at the end of the school year?

All medications need to be picked up by an adult by the last day of school.  School policy states that any medications left after that time will be destroyed.

 

*Please note that at the beginning of each school year new medication forms need to be filled out by parents/physician and new medication will need to be provided.

What health office forms are required for my child to enter the school district?

If your child is entering the school district for the first time (regardless of what grade) or transferring from another school district, it is required that a Physical Examination Form be filled out prior to entering school.  Please note that all immunization must be up-to-date as well.

 

Once the Physical Examination Form is received, it is recommended (not mandated) that your child receive yearly physician examinations and the health office be provided with an updated form.

 

Please see form section for appropriate forms.

My child has been sick. How do I know if he/she can return to school?

If your child has any of the following symptoms, please consider his/his/her health and the health of other students in your decision to keep your child home from school.

  • A temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher.
  • A cough that is associated with wheezing, or constant cough that interferes with his/his/her ability or the ability of others to concentrate and perform while in school.
  • A constantly runny nose, especially in a child who cannot wipe or blow his/his/her nose effectively.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. A child should remain home until he/she can tolerate normal meals without nausea, vomiting or diarrhea and be free of symptoms for 24 hours (without medication)
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis (pinkeye) with discharge from one or both eyes. Children must be kept home until appropriate therapy has begun and eyes are free of crusting, weeping or discharge.
  • Children diagnosed with strep throat should remain home until they have been on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours and have also been fever-free for that period of time.
  • A child with a suspected contagious skin rash (i.e. chicken pox, impetigo, etc.) should be kept home until it can be determined that the rash is not contagious.

What are some healthy habits for my child?

Hands on. Adopting good hand-washing habits is the best way to avoid illness. Teach your child to rub his/her hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before eating and after using the restroom and playing outside.

 

Cover up. Teach your child to sneeze and cough into a tissue or the inside of his/her elbow to keep infectious droplets from spraying into the air and making other kids sick.

 

Home works. Most kids catch colds or flu from an under-the-weather classmate. Give your child the rest they need and his/her classmates a break by keeping them home when they don’t feel well.

 

Lighten up. Carrying a backpack shouldn't be a workout for your child. Pack the bag as lightly as possible, with heavier items in the center compartment. The load should never be more than 10% to 20% of his/her body weight.

 

www.webmd/parenting.com

 

What is the best way to prevent my child from picking up an illness at school?

It's important to teach kids to wash their hands before eating and after playing outside and using the restroom. Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent illness. If parents enforce that at home, we'll reinforce it at school. Talk to your kids about covering their mouths with a tissue when they cough and sneeze. Also, the CDC recommends the flu vaccine for kids ages 6 months and older. www.webmd/parenting.com

 

Do I have to notify the school nurse if my child has an injury, activity restrictions or going to have surgery?

Yes.  Please notify the nurse as soon as possible so special arrangements/accommodations can be made for these situations.  Also, medical clearance may be needed from their physician prior to returning to school.

Please feel free to call the nurse with any questions.