Health Office

 

Please don't hesitate to call should you have any questions, or concerns, regarding your child's health.

 

When to keep your child home

Parents are asked to call the school nurse if a contagious disease or other medical problem has been diagnosed or discovered. Certain problems, such as head lice, require that a child be treated at home and be checked at the clinic upon return. Every effort will be made to work with parents in solving health problems.

 

When the nurse will call

When, in the judgement of school personnel, a student shows signs of illness (for example, a fever over 100° or throwing up in school) the parent will be notified and the student will be excused from school.

If a child is seriously injured at school, parents are called immediately. If parents are not available, school personnel use their best judgement as to proper treatment. Every effort will be made to involve the parent before action is taken. If there is a change in emergency phone numbers, the school should be notified immediately.

 

Medication

No school staff member can give medication, including aspirin, to any student unless authorized by a physician or dentist. When it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the school will cooperate with the family physician and the parents. Accordingly, parents are to submit a written order from the family physician stating name, frequency and dosage of the prescribed medication. If you prefer, bring the prescription bottle on the first day and we will copy the prescription. A note from a parent or guardian authorizing the dispensing of medication is also needed. This may be an inconvenience to you; however, it is necessary to insure the safe and proper dispensing of medication. If you have any questions, please call the school nurse, Lori St. Hilaire, at 539-­4456. She is available to consult with parents and teachers about student health matters. The nurse also conducts periodic screenings for hearing and vision acuity.

No medication should ever be brought to school by a student. To do so is a violation of school board policy and is considered a chemical abuse violation. Parents or guardians should bring medication directly to the nurse in its original container. Cough drops may only be taken if the child has a note from parents, and they will be kept at the teacher’s desk.

Good health habits are encouraged and supported by school personnel. Students may bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to school for after lunch brushing.