Health Office

NURSE/HEALTH OFFICE INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS

Students who are not feeling well enough to learn should NOT be sent to school. Parents/Guardians will be notified if a child becomes ill at school. Students will be sent home if they have an elevated temperature, may be exposing others to infection, or feel so ill that they cannot participate in classroom activities. Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing transportation to pick up their sick child when necessary.

Parents/Guardians are requested to call whenever a child will be absent due to illness.
Any student who returns from an absence must bring a note from a parent/guardian stating why he/she was not at school. Students returning to school following a communicable illness must be seen by the school nurse before returning to class. A note explaining a pupil’s absence for non-communicable illness for a period of more than three school days must be accompanied by a physician’s statement of the pupil’s illness.

Medication will be given in school only when the pupil’s attendance depends on the timely administration of such medication. “Medication” as per this law means any prescription drug, prescribed and/or over-the counter medicine including, but not limited to, aspirin, cough drops and cough medicines. Requests for the administration of medication in school must be made in writing and signed by the physician.

STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TRANSPORT MEDICATIONS TO AND FROM SCHOOL. PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST DELIVER AND PICK UP ALL MEDICATIONS USED BY STUDENTS IN SCHOOL. PLEASE NOTE: All medication must be in its original prescription bottle. IMPORTANT: Hand written notes cannot be accepted from parents/guardians to administer medication. Physician permission only, as explained above, is required by regulation.

If your child has allergies, please inform the health office of this in writing, especially if medication is needed.

If your child needs oral medication immediately for insect bite reactions (bees, wasps, etc.) you are strongly encouraged to bring that medication to the nurse’s office labeled correctly and accompanied by a note from the physician.

PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE BOARD AND ITS EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS SHALL INCUR NO LIABILITY AS A RESULT OF ANY INJURY ARISING FROM THE SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION BY THE PUPIL.

All students are expected to participate in the outdoor recreation periods and all physical exercise programs. If a student is well enough to attend school, then he/she is expected, if capable, to go outside with the other children.

Physical Education excuses are to be issued by the school nurse. To obtain an excuse, students must:
1. Have a note from a parent/guardian for a one to two-day excuse.
2. Have a doctor’s note for three or more days.

Students excused from physical education will not be permitted to participate in recess. Repeated requests from parents/guardians for physical education excuses may require a doctor’s note.

During the course of the school year, your child will have a height and weight check, as well as a hearing/vision screening. If the results of the hearing/vision screening are not within the accepted normal range, parents/guardians will be notified. If your child appears to be having difficulty in these areas, please feel free to contact the nurse.

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