Important Message for Parents from the School Nurse
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
Prescribed medications will not be given at school, unless we have a completed medication authorization form. This means every time your child is sick and requires prescription medication, you MUST send the “Prescription Medication Authorization Form” after your health care provider has completed the required information. Extra consent forms are available on the right hand side of this page labeled "Additional Pages" or in every school’s front office.
All medication must be brought to school in the original container. Students are not allowed to carry any medication with them while at school. All medications must be brought to the school nurse or front office for storage. The only exception is an Epi-Pen or inhaler, which may be kept with the student after the “Prescription Medication Authorization Form” has been completed by the healthcare provider.
If you wish for your child to receive any over-the-counter medication, (such as Tylenol, Tums, Ibuprofen, or cold medication), you MUST send the medication in the original container with a signed “Non-Prescription Medication Authorization Permit”.Please return the completed consent forms to school as soon as possible to help this process run smoothly. REMEMBER: Your child cannot be given or carry medication without the proper forms filled out and returned.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
As the school nurse, our priority is to keep all of our students healthy and in school. There are many illness-causing germs that can spread quickly through a classroom. Good hand washing habits are taught and encouraged at each school, which helps to decrease the spread of illnesses. However, simply washing hands is not enough to stop the spread of illness. If your student is not feeling well please refer to the following guidelines to determine whether or not he/she should be at school.
|Symptom||Student should NOT attend school||Student CAN attend school|
|Fever||Any temperature that is above 100.3||Temperature must remain below 100.5 for 24 hours without fever medication.|
|Cough||Frequent or uncontrollable, producing mucous or accompanied by a fever||Infrequent, no mucus and no fever.|
|Diarrhea or Vomiting||One episode of vomiting. More than one occurrence of diarrhea||Must be 24 hours free of vomiting; single incident of diarrhea with no other symptoms.|
|Sore Throat||If your student has fever, cough, or thick drainage from his or her nose||No other symptoms other than sore throat.|
|“Pink Eye” Conjunctivitis||Eye is red with complaint of burning or itching; crusty, white or yellow drainage noted from the eye||Bacterial conjunctivitis: after 24 hours of antibiotics Viral Conjunctivitis: with a note from Dr. to return to school|
|Rash||Any child with a rash that has not been evaluated by a Dr.||Rash free or written release from a doctor.|