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Your School Nurse

School Nurses:
Please provide us with updated telephone numbers and contacts. It is vitally important that we have current home phone, work phone and cell phone numbers in order to contact you should your child become ill or injured.

Health Forms and Documents
Wellness Policy.

School Nurse Duties and Role
The role of the school nurse is not always easy to understand. This is due to widely separated school buildings and the many diverse responsibilities. The nurse works in an educational setting with students who are basically well. The nursing service focuses on health counseling, education, and consultation.The school nursing services:
  • provide nursing care that incorporates health promotion and disease prevention;
  • work with groups, families, and individuals who have an increased risk of illness, disability, or premature death;
  • function in multidisciplinary teams and programs;
  • refer to other agencies in order to ensure comprehensive health and welfare services needed to support health care;
  • work with and through community leaders, health-related groups, and relevant social action programs to advocate, develop, and implement programs of health promotion and disease prevention.
The following is a list of school responsibilities:
  • Caring for the sick student; administering first aid to injured students
  • Checking for communicable disease (including head lice)
  • Administering medication
  • Hearing, vision and scoliosis screening
  • Reviewing and updating immunization records, physical and dental records
  • Dental health, HIV/AIDS, and "Growing Up" education
  • Kindergarten Roundup
  • Blood drives
  • Assist medical doctors with sport physicals
  • Education and immunization of faculty and staff
  • Information regarding health issues at school
Parent Information and Responsibilities

Fever
Students who have had fever (100.0 degrees or higher) must be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If your child is sent home with fever and they return to school the next day, you may be called to again pick them up.Medicating your child with an anti-pyretic such as Tylenol or Motrin may make them more comfortable, but it does not make them less contagious. Please assist us by adhering to this policy.

Strep Throat
Students diagnosed with Strep Throat must be on antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

Unexplained Rash
Students with unexplained rash will be sent home. We must have a note from the doctor clearing the student of contagiousness before they return to school.

Vomiting
If your child has vomited in the 24 hour period prior to school; please do not send him/her to school. Your child must be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting without the use of any medication.

Diarrhea
Students with diarrhea should be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode of diarrhea without the use of any medicine.

Pink Eye
Students with suspected cases of pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis) will be assessed by the school nurse or health assistant. Parents will be asked to retrieve the child from school immediately if the child is suspected to have pink eye. Students who have been diagnosed with pink eye by their physicians must be free from drainage and have received at least 24 hours of antibiotic treatment before returning to school.

At-Home Injuries
Please help us by taking care of injuries that occur at home before the child leaves for school. Please remove splinters and ticks when your child shows them to you instead of suggesting they have the school nurse do it. Leaving foreign bodies in or on your child for prolonged periods of time may result in infection. The school nurse is here to care for injuries and illness that occur at school. If your child becomes ill or injured at home, and you need consultation, please contact your physician.
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