The main function of the School Health Services is physical and dental examinations and follow-up with the aim that all remedial defects be corrected. The health program includes physical examinations, dental screenings, vision, hearing, height and weight, BMI, scoliosis screening and health counseling.
Emergency care will be administered to those students who become ill or have accidents during school hours. In case of major illness or accident, the following procedures will be followed:
- Parents will be called for instruction.
- Procedures listed on the Student Emergency Information Form will be followed.
- The student will be taken to the emergency room at the hospital. Treatment of minors in the emergency room is given only in life threatening situations without consent of parent or guardian.
At the beginning of each school year, parents are asked to complete the Student Emergency Information Form. The form should be filled in accurately and the school should be notified of any changes in procedure, address or telephone numbers that occur during the school year. The parent or guardian must sign this emergency form. It is very important that some responsible person can be reached at all times, should there be an emergency with a student.
Each school year, the following health screenings are provided for each student:
Vision Screening to check far and near vision
Color Vision and Stereo Depth Perception is checked in first grade or new students not previously screened,
Height and weight, BMI (BMI check includes grades 9-12)
Hearing Screening (grade 11)
- Four doses of Tetanus *(one dose on or after the fourth birthday)
- Four doses of Diptheria* (one dose on or after the fourth birthday)
- Three doses of Polio (a fourth is recommended)
- Two doses of Measles**
- Two doses of Mumps**
- One dose of Rubella (German Measles)**
- Three doses of hepatitis B
- Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease
*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td
**Usually given as MMR
These requirements allow for medical reasons and religious beliefs. If your child is exempt from immunizations. He/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
DON'T WAIT - VACCINATE!
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION
Parents should confer with the child`s physician to arrange medication time intervals to avoid school hours whenever possible. No medication, other than those on the list sent home at the beginning of each school year, may be administered without written authorization from the physician and the parent/guardian.
When medication absolutely must be taken during school hours, the parent or guardian must submit a written request, signed by the physician and parent, to the school nurse in order for their child to take any medication. The appropriate form and related letter may be found in the nurse`s office and on the PlusPortals.
Handling and Storage of Medications in the School
We prefer that:
- The parent bring the medicine to school. The medication must be in the original container and properly labeled. If necessary, request a duplicate bottle from the pharmacist. The medication and the written request should be delivered directly to the school nurse, school principal or his/her designee. The amount of medication stored by the school should be limited based on the length of time medications are to be taken.
- All medication will be kept in a locked cabinet in the main office or health room of the school. Medications requiring refrigeration will be stored in the health room refrigerator.
Administration of Medications During School Hours
- Students will be responsible for reporting to the nurse`s office at the time the medication is to be taken.
- The school nurse, principal or his/her designee will supervise the taking of the medication by the student.
- Prescription drug logs will be kept for any student receiving prescription medicine on an ongoing basis.
- Unused medications will be returned to parents for disposition and must be picked up by the parent.
- Any change in dosage of medication will be recognized only on receipt of written notice of change from the family physician and the parent.