Please read carefully the following information concerning the nurse’s office. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me. As the school nurse, I hope to provide our students with a healthy environment so that they can learn.
First-aid and medical care provided by the school nurse are primarily for illnesses or injuries that occur during the school day, or treatments as directed by your doctor. By law, nurses are not allowed to make a medical diagnosis, prescribe treatment, or administer medication without a written doctor’s order.
School is no place for a sick child. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has fever, deep cough, rash, diarrhea, or has vomited. Children should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school, regardless of how they feel. If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as strep throat or pink eye, he/she must have been on antibiotic treatment (and free of fever) for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Also, please notify the school office or school nurse of any diagnosed communicable disease so that other parents can be notified.
Encourage your child to wash hands with soap and water when possible if he/she has a cough, cold, or frequent sneezing. This is the first line of defense in the spread of germs. You may also want to send a box or packet of kleenex with your child when these times occur.
If your child becomes ill enough to be removed from school, has more than a minor injury, or has an emergency, you will be notified. It is the parent’s responsibility to make arrangements to pick up an ill or injured child as promptly as possible. Children are not permitted to walk home, even with permission. Please make sure that there are up-to-date home/work numbers on your child’s emergency card. Please notify the nurse immediately of any changes in phone numbers.
Also, it is imperative that you notify the nurse if your child has any chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, heart disease, epilepsy, physical/mental disabilities, or change in status or other known conditions.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
State laws and school district policy strictly regulate how any medications are given at school. When it is necessary for the nurse to dispense medication to a student during school hours, the following requirements must be met:
Physician’s Order : The medication must be prescribed by a physician and a written physician’s order must accompany the medication. Most often this would be the prescription label and must include the name of the medication, dosage, time to be given, and how long to be given (if applicable). It must include the child’s name and current date. When obtaining new prescriptions, many pharmacies will issue a second labeled container for school use if you request it. If the medication is a sample given by the physician, please send a signed note from the physician telling who the medication is for, the date, and instructions for giving the medication.
Signed Parent Consent : There must be written permission from the parent to administer the medication to the child at school. Consent forms are available in the nurse’s office.
Original Container : The medication must be brought to the nurse in the original container. Any medication should be transported to and from the nurse’s office by the parent or an adult designated by the parent.
Medication policies also include “over the counter” medications, such as Tylenol, cough syrups, antacids, etc. A signed medication consent form is needed for “over the counter” medications. The nurse’s office does not provide any medications. Other than provided by a parent, over-the-counter medications cannot legally be dispensed by anyone except a pharmacist or a physician.
Students are not to carry medications at school—not on their person or in their backpack or lunch box.
Medications are not kept in the nurse’s office over the summer. Medications not picked up within one day of the end of the school year will be discarded.
FIELD TRIP MEDICATIONS
If a student needs medication while on a field trip, the medication must be furnished by the parent and given to the teacher prior to departure for the field trip. A signed field trip medication form must accompany the medication. The medication must be provided in the original container with only the number of doses needed for the field trip. Medications such as tablets and capsules cannot come from the school nurse’s supply. The school nurse cannot legally direct anyone other than another nurse to give medications.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXCUSES
A written parental excuse is required if your child cannot participate in PE class for a week or less. A written doctor’s excuse is required if your child cannot participate in PE class for over a week.