The goal of Health Services is to help a child maintain optimal physical and emotional health so he/she can obtain the most from the education provided. This school district supports that goal by providing health services to the families in our schools. The Division of Health Services welcomes your family to the Jefferson City Public Schools and offers assistance in many ways to help your student have a meaningful and happy experience.
GENERAL HEALTH INFORMATION
The following information is provided to help parents regarding certain conditions that require exclusion from school. Students will be excluded from school for:
- Fever of 100 degrees or more*
- Untreated Ringworm
- Undiagnosed Rashes
- Red, inflamed eyes (pink eye) - excluded until diagnosed and treated for 24 hours with antibiotic drops
- Impetigo (a contagious skin condition with crusty areas especially about the nose)
- Head Lice (excluded until proper treatment and live lice are no longer present)
- Scabies (excluded until appropriate medical treatment)
- Common childhood diseases - State Regulations
- Chicken Pox (excluded until all blisters have dried into scabs; usually by day six after the rash began)
- Strep Throat (following a positive throat culture the child must be on antibiotics and without fever for 24 hours before returning to school)
* Students sent home ill with elevated temperatures, vomiting or diarrhea are asked to be kept at home until they are symptom-free for twenty-four (24) hours without the use of fever reducing agents. Many students are sent home ill one day, return the next, and need to be sent home again because they have not recovered. We appreciate parents sharing the diagnosis and treatment of students sent to physicians so we can be alert to possible problems in other children (pink eye, strep throat, worms, etc.).
In an effort to ensure good health and safety for the students of our school, we have established the following guidelines:
*All medication must be provided by the parent/guardian and accompanied by a signed medication permission form from the parent/guardian (forms are available in the health room).
*All medication must be delivered to the school nurse in a properly labeled container from the pharmacy or in the manufacturer’s original packaging.
*Medication for students under the age of 12 MUST be children’s strength unless student has a current doctor’s order for adult strength.
*Aspirin containing medications will NOT be given unless student has a current doctor’s order.
* Nurses must follow medication label instructions unless a written notice is received from a physician indicating a dosage change.
* All doctor’s orders need to be updated on a yearly basis.
Required by Law:
1. State birth registration certificate - to be shown at registration.
2. Immunizations - Missouri School Immunization Requirements for 2019-20 are attached. Proof of immunizations, complete with dates (month, day, and year), must be on file upon entering school.
* A Medical Exemption Card must be signed by a MD or DO when there is a medical reason for not receiving an immunization. Medical Exemption Cards must be provided to the Welcome Center when registering. A letter stating that the student is medically exempt is not acceptable. A completed Medical Exemption Card is required.
* All required immunizations should be obtained through your family physician, but immunizations are also available (by appointment) at the Cole County and Callaway County Health Departments for those with no insurance, Medicaid, or who have a significant barrier to receiving vaccines elsewhere. Local pharmacies are also carrying some of the required vaccines and parents can take children 12 and older to local pharmacies if vaccines are unavailable at your physician’s office.
- Cole County Health Department, 3400 West Truman Blvd, Jefferson City, 573-636-2181
- Callaway County Health Department, Fulton, 573-642-6881