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Students who do not feel well enough to participate in school programs should probably stay at home. Parents need to make this decision before a sick child comes to school.Staying in at recess is not an option.

It is at the discretion of the school nurse or office personnel to contact parents about the need for your child to be dismissed for the day due to illness.


Children who have contagious diseases will be excluded and should return to school with permission of the school nurse or the family physician.


Head Lice and Scabies can be transmitted by close contact between individuals. Students should not play with one another’s hair, swap clothing, or borrow each other’s combs or brushes. Periodic scalp inspections are encouraged at home. If a student is found to have lice, that student and family members should be examined. If a substantial number of children in several classrooms are involved, the entire school population should be examined and a school-wide memo should go home. (School Health Manual, May 1997).


Children will be sent home the first day live lice are found, and thereafter at the discretion of the school nurse. Treatment will be that the parents will comb their child’s hair at home with a nit comb daily until no live lice are discovered for 2 weeks. Within 2 weeks the school nurse will recheck the child’s hair. For families with chronic infestations the school nurse will offer extra help. Treatment of a pesticide product is usually considered to be excessive. (School Health Manual, July 2004)


If you have any questions on this topic, please feel free to contact the nurse anytime at school.


Immunizations - State law states that every child who attends public school shall be immunized unless exempted, against poliomyelitis, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox). See RSU #12 Policy JLCB Immunization of Students.


Physical Examinations - Students entering kindergarten, fifth and ninth grade are required to have a physical exam by their family doctor or health provider. Dental exams are also encouraged.


Students who wish to participate in middle school athletics are required to have a physical examination and medical approval before doing so. The physical exam must have been given within 2 years (730 days) prior to participating, including tryouts. In the years that a physical exam is not required athletes must submit a health history form that is reviewed by the school nurse. There is a hold harmless agreement that is available for the parents who do not have insurance for their child to participate in athletics. (see athletic handbook for details)


Students transferring to this school will be requested to have a physical exam if their health record does not contain an exam for the appropriate grade level.


No crutches are to be brought to school without a doctor’s note or contact with the school nurse.


As safe as the school staff tries to make your child’s stay at school, occasionally accidents do happen. It is extremely important that we have an emergency sheet for each student with information that is accurate. If you have any change in the information on your child’s emergency sheet, please let us know immediately. Parents will be contacted in September if emergency form has not been returned. Please call the office if emergency information has changed, such as a job change or new phone number.

Medications

A. Definition

1. Medication includes both prescription and non-prescription agents.

B. Administration of Medication in School

1. Parents are urged to schedule administration of medications outside of school hours.

2. Medication may be administered in school ONLY when it meets the following criteria:

A. It must be part of a physical established medical plan.

B. It must be determined that there is no satisfactory alternative method for administration.

3. Medications are to be kept locked, in the nurse’s office. They must be in the original container with prescription label attached and with no more than a five-day supply on hand. Prescription and non-prescription medications must have a physician’s note attached.

4. It is expected that parents will teach students to self-administer their medications whenever possible. Students shall know what time their medication is due and that they will present themselves at the office to take it. Medications are only allowed in the office, and nowhere else in the school. Students should never carry any medications with them while at school.

C. Parental Permission

1.Parents are requested to use the school form “Request for In-School Administration of Medication." Additional forms are available from the school secretary.

2.For the safety of all our students it must be understood that medications will not be administered unless this policy is followed.

Reference RSU #12 Policy JLCD – Administration of Medication to Students