Welcome to a new school year! Here are just a few reminders and healthful hints from your school nurse:
Goals of the Health Office are:
- To increase instructional time.
- To increase compliance with state and local mandates for health services.
- To increase students’ ability to be responsible for consumer health care.
- To increase students’ self-care skills.
- To improve the quality of care to students.
Keep students home if exhibiting any of the following:
- Fever of 100 degrees or greater
- Undiagnosed rash
- Persistent cough
- Severe earache
- Red eyes with discharge
- Untreated Lice
A Registered Nurse is available during the school day for consultation, emergencies, illness or injury. We do not make medical diagnosis or prescribe treatment. Medication is administered with parental/guardian consent only.
The Health Center at school is not a primary care facility like a doctor's office and may not be used as such because the nurse is not allowed by law to make a medical diagnosis, prescribe treatment, or administer medication without a doctor's order. First aid and medical care provided by the school nurse are primarily for illnesses or injuries that occur during the school day. School is a healthy environment for well children. The nurse's major responsibility is to maintain that environment and give each child the best opportunity to learn and reach his/her full potential through health education, health assessments, identification of health problems, the making of appropriate referrals and follow-up, and altering the school environment to meet special health needs.
If your child has a chronic health condition/medical diagnosis, it is important for you to notify the school nurse, so that proper measures can be taken to ensure your child's safety and well-being. If your child has asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes, or life-threatening allergies, there are specific forms that need to be completed. These forms help establish a plan of care for your child at school. They are available in the school health office, or the links below.
If your child is taking medication (prescription and non-prescription) that needs to be administered during school hours, or has medication that is to be used as needed (i.e. Epi-Pen, inhalers), please refer to the medication tab at the left hand side of the screen for specific instructions/details regarding this process. It is important to note that all medications, prescription and non-prescription, must be brought to the health office by the parent/guardian. Students may NOT bring medications to school in their backpacks or lunch boxes. Cough drops are considered an over-the-counter medication, and as such, require signed permission from parents/guardians, and cannot be kept by the student.
Should you have further questions feel free to reach out to our school nurse or explore the Health Office Website at the link below.