The school health services are designed to include a variety of functions, which will assist in maintaining and improving student health. These functions are as follows:
All students in 11th grade are to have a physical examination by their own doctor or the school physician.
Physicals completed one year prior to the start of the student's 11th grade year are considered valid.
Documentation of the 11th grade physical exam should be provided to the nurse before November 15th of the student's junior year.
All student-athletes must have a physical exam completed by either his/her family doctor or the school physician prior to his/her initial sport for the school year.
Students participating in two or three sports throughout the school year must complete a recertification form for each subsequent sport.
Screenings and Records
Vision screenings-all students will be screened.
Hearing screenings-11th graders will be screened.
Height/weight/BMI-all students will be screened.
When defects are found in either, the vision or hearing screenings, the nurse will send a referral home to the parent/guardian recommending follow-up care. The follow-up notice is to be returned to the nurse after the doctor completes it.
BMI letters are sent to the parent/guardian of each student.
The school nurse maintains health records for each student and dental records are maintained by the school dental hygienist.
The school dental hygienist provides dental health education to 10th graders, administers the fluoride program for those who enroll, and completes evaluations on 10th graders who have not had the dental examination required by the State Health Department.
Use of Medications-Prescription and Non-Prescription
Students who bring medicine from home to school must bring the medicine in the original pharmacy container for prescription medicine or the original container for over-the-counter nonprescription medicine. The student shall submit to the school nurse a note from a parent/guardian and doctor that clearly states the name of student, name of medication, dosage, route, reason for and time medication is to be taken. The school nurse or his/her designee will dispense all medications. Medication orders must be submitted on a yearly basis. All medications must be kept in the Nurse's Office.
Students who are prescribed the use of an Epi-Pen for bee stings or food allergy and inhalers for asthma must carry the Epi-Pen and/or inhaler with him/her at all times. A note from the doctor for such use will be kept in the student's health folder. A prescription from the doctor for the student to have these medications must be submitted on a yearly basis.
Acetaminophen (generic Tylenol), Ibuprofen (generic Advil/Motrin), Calcium Antacid (generic TUMS), Diphenhydramine HCI (generic Benadryl), and Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EpiPen) may be dispensed in the nurse's office at the discretion of the School Nurse, if a parent has checked off these medications on the child's annual Confidential Nurse Form. Benadryl and EpiPen are administered for emergency allergic reactions only.
General Information and Health Policies
Students who are ill or have a need to see the nurse should obtain a pass from a teacher and report to the Health Suite. If the need arises between classes, students should go to the next period class for a note from that teacher before reporting to the Health Suite.
Students who become sick or who are injured at school will be assessed and receive first aid. Parents will be contacted if there is a need to refer a child for further treatment. When there is a need for a student to be sent home due to illness or injury, the nurse will make the necessary arrangements with the parents. The parents are responsible for transportation of ill or injured students. In the event of a severe injury or illness, 911 will be called at the child will be transported to the hospital.
An emergency telephone number within the school district, other than place of residence, is requested in case the student becomes will or injured when the parent cannot be contacted at home. Parents should be prepared, if it is necessary, to transport the student from school.
The nurse should be informed of students having medical, physical, and/or emotional concerns so that the most optimum environment can be obtained. Confidentiality is always respected.
Please keep the school nurse updated if there are any new health concerns, medical diagnoses, or prescribed medicines that may affect your child at school.
Students should not be sent to school ill. School nurses are prohibited by law to diagnose injuries or illnesses. Please do not send your child to the nurse for diagnosis.
Students with infectious conditions such as "pink eye" and pediculosis are excluded from school according to school policy.
All students attending public school are to have completed and up-to-date immunizations. Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year all students are required to have two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or history of the disease.