From the Nurse

WELCOME TO THE NURSE’S OFFICE

A few suggestions and guidelines to keep in mind regarding your child’s health:

All new students (includes ALL those whom are new to LB) Must have a complete Health record on file with the school nurse, which includes the following: 5-doses of Dtap, 4-doses of IPV, 2-doses MMR, 3-HepB, 2-Varicella, lead testing, a physical done within 2 years of school entry and a TB risk assessment or Mantoux TB skin.

If your child has any serious medical issues or allergic reactions that require an EPI-PEN,  please, please,please..make it a point to introduce yourself and your child to me so I can make this important connection.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM YOUR SCHOOL NURSE

All pink emergency forms and white health history updates must be completed, signed, and returned to school promptly. Please notify the school of any changes during the school year.

Notify the school if your child is absent. A note from home is still required when the student returns to school. This note should include student’s full name and ID number.

Notify the school nurse of any medical concerns and/or recent immunizations.

MEDICATION:
Please call the nurse before sending any medication. - 302-537-2707

All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) must be in their original container stating the directions

Controlled medications (Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, Dexedrine, etc) must be counted by both the parent/guardian and the the school nurse.

When sending in medication for your child, please include a note which states the name of the medication, dosage (amount) and the time the student is to receive the medicine and the reason for the medication.

If a medication is missed at home and must be given at school, it will not be given unless the nurse is notified through a phone call or written note from the parent/guardian. Hopefully, a supply is in the medication cabinet.

No medications will be given without permission from parents/guardians.

Children returning to school after an injury requiring crutches or the elevator are required to have a doctor’s note describing duration for this and limitations.     

SCREENING:

Vision and Hearing screening will be done on all 2nd and 4th graders as well as kindergarteners that were not screened. I will make every attempt to get this done by the end of Dec. Children who have been identified as having concerns in this area will be referred to their parent/guardian for follow-up.  Orthopedic screening is performed on all 5th graders.

ABSENCES:

Any and all absences are to be verified by parent/guardian with a note or Dr’s excuse upon the student’s return to school.  All absences are documented as UEX until note is received.  Parent notes are limited to 8 each school year.  Each day counts as a separate parent note.  It is in your child’s best interest to obtain a Dr Note each and every time you have an appointment. Also, pre-planned days off or vacations require pre-approval by our principal.

Your child will be sent home from school if he/she has:

 An Oral fever of 100 degrees or higher

An earache, vomiting, diarrhea, upper respiratory symptoms (discolored nasal discharge, hacking or productive cough, watery eyes), or appears to be a hazard to the health of others. 

Parents/Guardians are responsible for getting their child home if the child is ill or becomes ill at school. A student will never be sent home until the parent/guardian or someone designated by the parent/guardian has been contacted.

Please keep your child home from school if he/she has:

Earache, vomiting, diarrhea, upper respiratory symptoms (discolored nasal discharge, hacking or productive cough, watery eyes), or appears to be a hazard to the health of others.           

 A fever of 100 degrees or higher

Children who return to school after an illness should:

Be fever free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications

Have a note from their medical provider stating he/she may return to school if he/she has been treated for an acute respiratory infection such as bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza, sore throat or asthma attack      

Be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school if they were treated for “strept throat”. This should be reported as “strept throat” and not a “throat infection”

INJURY: If your child has suffered an injury (fracture/concussion) and is being followed by a physician: please share this information and dr's orders with the nurse so she can assist with proper limitations or follow-up. 


Thanks so much!!!

Michelle L. M. Baker, RN School Nurse