In an effort to keep our students safe and healthy, it is important for students to stay at home and away from others when feeling sick. Staying away from others helps to stop the spread of illness.
If your child is having any of the following symptoms please keep them home from school:
- Temperature of 100.4 or above
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste or smell
- Rash or signs of skin infection
If your student is having any of the above stated symptoms or is sent home by the school nurse, they should not return for at least 24 hours or they have been cleared to return earlier by their medical provider.
Medical documentation must be provided if your student returns prior to 24 hours.
The school health clinic is not equipped for prolonged care of sick students. We ask that you or an emergency contact pick up your sick student within an hour of notification.
The policies or procedures described below may be revised, modified, or amended in which case the most current policy or procedure will govern. The online version of these policies and procedures are the governing document. School Board Policy 6.405 can be found online here. Policy 6.405 includes the following requirements:
- If the medication is a prescription or herbal medication, the physician must complete the Medication Authorization Form. Both the physician and parent/legal guardian must sign the form. The required paperwork must be submitted to the school before medication will be accepted. A new Medication Authorization Form is required each school year or if there are changes made to the current medication.
- If an over-the-counter medication is necessary at school, the parent/legal guardian must complete the Medication Authorization Form. The parent/legal guardian or adult designee must bring the medication to school. Medications must not to be sent to school with the student.
- Prescription medication must be in a properly labeled pharmacy bottle, which the pharmacist will provide. The label on the medication bottle must match the information provided by the physician. An empty medication bottle may be sent home with a student, but the parent/legal guardian is required to bring the medication to school. Over-the-counter medication (i.e. cough drops, Tylenol, Midol, Benadryl, creams, etc.) must be brought to school by the parent in the original unopened container with the student’s name written on the bottle. Students must be able to measure their liquid medications.
- The parent/legal guardian is responsible for providing the exact dosage ordered by the physician (i.e. cutting pills, if needed and providing a measuring device for liquid medications).
- The parent/legal guardian and medication designee must count the medication and verify the count by signing on the back of the Medication Record.
- All medication will be kept in a secure, locked area except: inhalers, epi-pens, glucometers and insulin, which are allowed to stay with the student after the appropriate paperwork is completed is filled out and brought to school.
- If the medication is changed or discontinued at school, additional documentation from the physician must be provided.
- Expired medications will not be administered. Emergency medications that will not expire during the school year should be provided whenever possible.
- Medication not picked up at the end of each school year or the end of treatment regimen will be disposed of according to state regulation and district protocol.