Clinic Reminders

MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION REMINDER

  • If your child is on medication please request a separate bottle from the pharmacy for the school clinic.  All medicine must be in the original container.
  • Parent or guardian must administer the first time dose of any new prescription medication or any over the counter medicine that the child has never taken before.
  • The parent should be in close supervision of the child for at least 4 hours to detect if any serious reactions occur. 
  • Please do not send medication to school by the child.  A parent or guardian needs to bring the medicine to school.  This includes cough drops, throat drops, etc.
  • A physician’s authorization is required for all prescription medication, herbal medication or doses higher than the bottle recommends.
  • A parent or guardian signature is required before medication will be administered.
  • Medicine must be picked up at the end of the school year; any medicine not picked up will be discarded.
  • The Authorization to Administer Medication form is only good for one school year.
  • Any changes in medication dosage must have a physicians order.  Each medication requires its own medication form.
  • Non-prescription medication will be administered as instructed on the box, unless accompanied with a physicians order instructing to do differently.

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GUIDELINES FOR SENDING STUDENTS HOME OR KEEPING YOUR CHILD HOME

  1. Temperature 100 degrees or higher.  Children need to be out of school for 24 hours after a temperature of 100 degrees or higher without medication to avoid spreading germs.
  2. Repeated Vomiting/Diarrhea. Children need to be out of school for 24 hours after  the last episode of diarrhea/vomiting to prevent spreading of germs.
  3. Head injury with altered level of consciousness: Including headache, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, drainage from the nose and/or mouth, etc 

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 LICE 

As the weather gets cooler, students bring more belongings to school such as hats, coats, and scarves.  With the increased belongings, there is an increased chance of the spread of head lice.  Head lice is most common among pre-school children attending child care, elementary schoolchildren, and the household members of infested children. 

Head lice are small insects about the size of tiny ants.  They live on the scalp and feed by biting and sucking blood.  Lice usually hatch out clear colored and turn darker as they mature.  They do not have wings and therefore cannot fly.  They do no jump, but move very quickly.

The presence of lice can be confirmed by visual inspection under good natural light and a magnifying glass.  Look for tiny, crawling, grayish forms and tiny, white, oval eggs.  The eggs are called nits, and they are attached to the hair with a waterproof glue-like substance.  Nits cannot be brushed out of the head like dandruff and usually must be manually picked out.  Lice will cause intense itching and you may find red areas on the scalp and base of neck where your child has been scratching. 

Please check your child’s head carefully and periodically throughout the year.  Reinforce to your child not to share his/her hats, jackets, combs, hair accessories, headphones, etc.  Avoid head to head contact during play and other activities are home, school and elsewhere. 

If you need help or have concerns, please contact the school nurse!
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