Wilson County Schools Illness Guidelines
- Students should be fever-free without fever-reducing medication and no vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
- It is not unusual for students to feel better in the morning and then worse as the day progresses.
- The school health clinic is not equipped for prolonged care for sick students.
- We ask that you or an emergency contact pick up your child within the hour that you are called.
Please use the following guidelines to determine if you child should attend:
The Wilson County School policy for medication dispensing at school is as follows:
- If the medication is a prescription or herbal medication the physician must fill out the Physician Form for Medication and/or Procedure (Physician Form). Both the physician and parent/legal guardian must sign the form. This must be at school before medication will be accepted. A new Physician Form is required each school year.
- If an over-the-counter medication is necessary at school, the parent/legal guardian must fill out and sign the Consent for the Over-The-Counter Medication. The parent/legal guardian or adult designee must bring the medication to school. The parents are not to send medications to school with a 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 physician’s order. The empty medication bottle will be sent home with the 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 Physician Form and Release of Information is filled out and brought to school.
- If the medication is changed or discontinued at school, an order from the physician must be provided.