The school clinic is dedicated to helping students stay healthy. A healthy mind and body breed academic excellence.
PROTOCOL FOR CLINIC DISMISSAL
If your child is feeling ill at school, they must obtain a pass to visit the school clinic. If the nurse’s assessment reveals that your child is too ill to return to class, the nurse or health clerk will call you. We are no longer using the yellow emergency cards instead, we will refer to the contact information in Powerschool. Should any changes need to be made (to contact list) such as a new phone number, address, etc... parent/guardians need to contact the school nurse or main office so that these changes can be noted in Powerschool. Please make sure that the numbers listed in PowerSchool are correct and updated as needed during the school year. In the event that your child becomes ill or there is an emergency, we need to be able to contact you. Please remind your student that they should not be using their cell phones during school hours to call you for a clinic dismissal. We never deny students visiting the clinic (for health-related concerns) use of the phone.
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
· All medications (prescription and over the counter) to be administered at school must be accompanied by a written order from a licensed prescriber. Cough drops and eye drops are considered medication. The medication must be brought to school in the original, unopened, prescription bottle or box by the parent or guardian. The label script on the bottle or box must match the doctor’s prescription in order for the medication to be accepted by the school nurse. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide refills as necessary.
· Students are not allowed to carry medication on their person unless there is a current doctor’s order specifying this need. The “Authorization to Carry and Self-Administer Medication” form is available in the school clinic or can be downloaded from the Hampton City School website.
· Medication must be picked up by parents or guardians at the end of the school year, upon expiration of medication, or when the doctor’s order is discontinued. Medication not picked up by the last day of school will be discarded.
PROTOCOL FOR NURSE TO EXCUSE A STUDENT FROM P.E/NJROTC
The school nurse can approve a written note from a parent or guardian excusing their child from physical activity for an injury or illness. The approval will be for no longer than 3 days. After this time, the parent or guardian must provide a note from a healthcare provider. The note must state the child’s diagnosis and the length of time the student will be out of activity.
PROTOCOL FOR EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL
Please do not send your child to school when they are sick with fever, persistent cough, stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed rash, lice, signs of pinkeye or other contagious illness.
If your child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more in the past 12 hours, they are to be excluded from school. Please remember that administering fever-reducing medication prior to school only delays the reappearance of symptoms. It does not reduce communicability of disease. Your child must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before they will be allowed to return to school. Please note that aspirin is not recommended for children under age 19. Consult with your physician for the best treatment for your child.
SEND TO SCHOOL
· Vague complaints of aches, pains, or fatigue.
· Cold symptoms and mild cough without a fever.
· A single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without other symptoms.
PROTOCOL FOR USE OF CRUTCHES, WHEELCHAIRS, AND OTHER ASSISTIVE DEVICES
If your child requires the use of crutches, a wheelchair, a cane, or other assistive device, a doctor’s order must be given to the school nurse. The order needs to state the child’s diagnosis, the reason for use of assistive device, the length of time needed, and any special instructions. The order must be given to the school nurse upon the child’s return to school. All necessary accommodations will be made once the note is brought in. Accommodations may include a pass to leave classes early, assistance with carrying books, etc. All devices that are prescribed to assist mobility must be provided by the student’s parent/guardian. The school does not provide assistive devices to students. Student’s presenting to school with assistive devices not accompanied by a doctor’s note will be sent home. This policy is to maintain the safety of our students.
Insurance and Health Services
Should you need information regarding medical, dental, or vision services for your child or have any concerns or questions, please call me at 850-5019.
You can obtain information regarding FAMIS insurance by calling 1-866-873-2647. We have vouchers for a free eye exam and glasses for those who qualify.