Health Guidelines

HEALTHY HABITS

Good health habits should be developed early in life. It takes a healthy child to be educated.
You may assist you child in developing good health habits by teaching and encouraging him/her to:

1. Eat adequate and well-balanced meals, especially breakfast.
2. Brush teeth twice a day.
3. Cleanliness is important and expected.
4. Perform toilet habits independently.
5. Make sure child has his/her eyeglasses at school at all times.
6. Cover nose and mouth with tissue or inside of elbow when coughing or sneezing.
7. Wash hands after using toilet, before eating snacks/meals and after sneezing or coughing into their hands.
8. Go to bed regularly at an early hour to get adequate rest.


ABSENCES

Health Services are responsible for treating students having illness or injuries occurring during school hours. Students should not come to school if they are ill. They should be FEVER-FREE for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Ibuprofen.

Although perfect attendance is desirable, a sick child should never be sent to school. REASONS FOR KEEPING A CHILD HOME ARE:

1. Temperature over 99.6 degrees, without the use of fever reducing medications
2. Colds, coughs and runny nose
3. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
4. Undiagnosed rashes
5. Impetigo
6. Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
7. Untreated Pediculosis (head lice)
8. Scabies
9. Ringworm

Pupils returning to school after an absence of more than five (5) days should present evidence for absence (a physician's note).

 

Medication Policy

Only a physician is legally authorized to prescribe medication, this includes over the counter medication. If at all possible medication should be given at home before or after school hours. A student who needs to take any medication during school hours must have a signed permission slip from parent/guardian and the physician. Medication (in a pharmacy labeled bottle) is kept locked in the clinic and taken under the supervision of the nurse. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be given at the discretion of the school nurse, if the parent/guardian has signed the permission form.

Parent/Guardian Permission Form for Medications 

Physician Form for Medication Administration

CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TRANSPORT ANY MEDICATION, INCLUDING OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES. The only exception: students at NHS and the middle schools are allowed to carry their own epi-pen and/or inhaler (with written permission from their physician on file in the clinic.)

INFECTIOUS DISEASE REGULATIONS

Chicken Pox should be reported to the Board of Health either by the physician or parent. Pupil's release certificate, issued by the Board of Health or the physician, must be presented to the school nurse before the student is readmitted. The period of isolation for Chicken Pox is at least 7 days from appearance of the most recent eruptions as long as all lesions are crusted and dry.

It is not necessary to report the following to the Board of Health, BUT the period of isolation must be followed:

DISEASE PERIOD OF ISOLATION

1. Streptococcal infections 24 hours after treatment with 
appropriate antibiotic

2. Impetigo 24 hours after initiation of treatment with 
appropriate antibiotic topical or oral medication

3. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) 24 hours after initiation of treatment
with appropriate ointment or drops

4. Ringworm 24 hours after initiation of treatment 
with appropriate topical medication

5. Scabies 24 hours after initiation of treatment
with appropriate topical medication

6. Pediculosis (head lice) Until seen by the school nurse

7. Influenza Like Illness (Flu) 24 hours without a fever (without the use of fever reducing medications, such as Tylenol, Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin) and student should feel well enough to attend school

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