General Health Information
It is important for parents or guardians to inform the school nurse of special health conditions which may be a concern or necessitate emergency care at school. Examples of special health conditions are: hearing loss, allergies, asthma, diabetes and seizure disorders. Current signed health care provider orders and a signed release of information will be required each school year to assure quality health care for students needing skilled nursing services at school. School nurses will share information that constitute and emergency at school or impact a child’s education with other Jefferson City Public School staff members on a need to know basis.
Illness or Emergencies
In cases of serious injury or illness, the school nurse should be notified immediately. The EMS (911) may also be called. The nurse, designated school personnel and/or emergency medical personnel will care for the student and the parents will be contacted as soon as possible. If this proves impossible, the student will be cared for as directed by the school nurse. PARENTS MUST LEAVE A PHONE NUMBER AND/OR EMERGENCY CONTACT WITH THE SCHOOL IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.
For minor illnesses or injuries, students will be cared for by school personnel trained in first aid. To prevent the potential for an illness or communicable disease, students exhibiting symptoms of impending illness will be sent home from school. Factors considered before sending students home are:
In an effort to prevent the spread of disease and ensure good health and safety for the students of our school, we have established the following guidelines and request students do not come to school if during the previous 24 hours they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- the effect of illness on student’s ability to be productive at school
- fever of 100 degrees or more
*Students sent home ill with elevated temperatures, vomiting or diarrhea should be kept at home until they are symptom free for twenty four (24) hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Many students are sent home ill one day, return the next, and need to be sent home again because they have not recovered.
- A temperature of 100 degrees or greater without the use of fever reducing medicine
- Vomiting or diarrhea*
- An unusual or unexplained rash*
- Persistent cough
- Ongoing symptoms of discomfort or immobility from a home injury
- 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 begins)
- Strep Throat (following a positive throat culture the child must be on antibiotics and without fever for 24 hours before returning to school)
In an effort to help ensure good health and safety for the students of our schools, we have established the following guidelines:
Medications that fail to meet these criteria will not be given.
- Do not send medicine to school unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Medications labeled three times a day should be given at home: breakfast, after school and at bedtime.
- All prescription medications must be delivered to the school nurse in the original container. (labeled with Medications will need the prescription label with doctor’s instructions or in the manufacturer’s original packaging for over the counter medications.
- Medications must be accompanied by a signed consent form from the parent for staff to administer. All instructions (dose, time, frequency) must match the prescription/medication label.
- Parent/Guardian should bring the medication to school. If not possible, we request a phone call to the school nurse to alert us your child is bringing medication.
- All medication must be provided by parent/guardian.
- Aspirin containing medication will not be given at school, unless there is a current doctor's note on file.
- Medication for students under the age of 12 must be children's strength. Medication labeled for adults will need a doctor’s note to be given at school. (Renewed each school year).
- Health room staff will dispose of all medication (prescription/nonprescription) that has not been picked up by the end of school year or end of summer school.
- District policy states students may not possess medications on district transportation. Therefore no medicines will be sent home with students riding school buses. Parent will need to pick up medicine in health room/main office of school.