Health Care—Student Illness and Accidents
Should a child become ill or injured during the school day, parents will be contacted. If parents cannot be reached, we follow the procedures indicated on the emergency health form that has been filled out by the parents at the beginning of the year. The school carries accident insurance for all students. It is secondary insurance.
Each day the Health Room is staffed for two hours during the lunch recesses with a Health Room volunteer. They administer student medications as prescribed by the student's health care practitioner and monitor acute and chronic health concerns. The Health Room Coordinator, Mable Rutt, is available to meet with parents to discuss and develop care plans for student health care needs while at school.
Students Must Be Sent Home for the Following Conditions:
- Fever 100 degrees or higher, diarrhea, pink eye (or any other contagious condition). Students may NOT return to school until 24 hours AFTER their condition subsides.
- Periodic head checks are done for reports of lice. Students found to have lice or nits will be sent home, and must remain home until they no longer have nits. Students returning to school will be checked again in order to endure that they are nit free. Even if no nits are seen, parents should continue to "nit pick" for 2 weeks following an infestation.
When students enroll, they will be required to meet state immunization standards. A student who does not have proof of the require immunizations will be refused admission, as per state requirements.
Medications at School
If your child requires a medication while at school, the Health Room Volunteers can administer it for them. A medication is defined as all drugs, whether prescribed or over the counter. In order to administer medications at school, the Health Room needs to have the proper documentation. Forms are available in the Health Room for this purpose. Please note that medication must be in its original container and clearly be labeled with the child's name.
Allergies and Epi Pens
If you child has severe allergies of any kind, and they require an Epi Pen, please provide one to the Health Room. Please include a picture of your child for labeling purposes.
Food allergies are becoming more common, and can be accommodated at school. Please let the Health Room know what foods your child is allergic to, and have your doctor complete the form (available in the Health Room). Without the proper documentation, the cafeteria is unable to provide substitutions.
Keeping Your Child Healthy
- Begin your child's day early enough to make time for an unhurried breakfast.
- Please make certain your child gets adequate rest the night before. Visits to the health room increase during busy times when students are tired. This can lead to unnecessary exposure to germs. Kids in Kindergarten though second grade should have 11 to 12 hours of sleep. Third through eighth should have 8 to 10 hours of sleep.
- Send your child to school happy.
- Ensure that your child's immunizations are up to date (this includes the upper grades, who often miss boosters).