HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
A dental examination is required on entry to school and third grade. A dental exam may be completed at school by the school dentist or privately by the child’s dentist. The dental exam must have been completed no earlier than September 1 of the previous year.
Each year the school nurse screens all students for possible hearing and vision problems. If a concern is found during screening, a follow-up screening is done. If the concern still exists, a referral will be sent home with the student.
A physical examination is required on entry to school. A physical exam may be completed at school by the school physician or privately by the child’s physician. The physical exam must have been completed no earlier than September 1 of the previous year.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
Please do not send prescription or over-the-counter medicine to school with a child. If unavoidable, we must have the proper form signed by a parent and the child’s physician. All medication must be delivered by a parent/guardian to the school nurse in the original container. Medication will be dispensed only once during the school day. Any medication that is to be given periodically for the entire year (e.g., inhalers for asthma, allergy medications), also requires a special form that must be signed by a physician. Forms are available in the health room, or click here to access this form.
Tylenol and Maalox may be administered by the nurse if parents have given permission in writing or have checked such on the enrollment sheet. Parents will be notified when a medication is given to their child.
Please keep the emergency information up-to-date. In the event of a major emergency, we must be able to reach you or the listed emergency contact within a short period of time.
HEALTH ROOM VISITS
The nurse is available to assess a problem – not to treat it! If anything requires more than very basic first-aid, or there is a problem that requires a child to be excluded from school, the parent will be notified. The parents or someone they designate will be expected to have the child picked up as soon as possible.
Some things for which a child will be excluded:
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
- Head Lice
- Reddened eyes with drainage
- Chicken Pox
- Unexplained rashes
INFECTIOUS CONDITIONS/OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS
If any child has an infectious condition that requires antibiotic treatment, it is advisable that this child receive antibiotics 24 hours at home before returning to school. If at any time during the school year your child should develop a health problem or have a change in his/her health, please notify the nurse in order that the school health record can be kept up-to-date.