Dear Parents/ Guardians,
The school nurse provides a full range of health services to school age children, which include first-aid, health screenings, managing chronic illnesses, administering medication, providing emotional support, and referrals to support school staff and private physicians for follow up care. All are important in helping your child achieve their maximum potential at school.
To this end, it is very important to inform the school nurse of any special health considerations your child may have, such as asthma, allergies, ADHD, diabetes, seizure disorders, and hearing or vision difficulties. If necessary, the school nurse will help plan any accommodations your child may need during school hours.
Health screenings are state mandated, non-invasive procedures for K – 4 students that include height and weight, vision and hearing screenings. Your child will bring home a notice the day the screenings have been done. Any results that are outside the normal limits will be sent directly to your mailing address.
Physical exams are required by law for all incoming kindergarten and 4th grade students and are to be performed by your private physician.
The district medication policy states that all medications administered during school hours must have a written doctor’s order and parent permission. This includes all over the counter medication as well as prescriptions. Medications must be supplied by the parent in the original pharmacy container. Students are not allowed to carry medications for their own safety as well as the safety of other students.
Children will be dismissed from school due to illness or injury ONLY to a parent or person designated on the child’s Emergency Card. Changes or additions to Emergency Cards cannot be made over the phone but must be put in writing with a parent signature.
Please keep your child home until he/she:
- Has had a normal temperature (under 100.0F) for at least 24 hours without medications such as Tylenol or Advil.
- Has been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours
- Have no signs of illnesses such as vomiting, diarrhea, uncontrolled coughing, or infections of the eyes, ears, nose, throat, or skin (conjunctivitis, strep throat, impetigo, etc.)
When your child is well enough to return to school a written note from home is required. Please be specific about the illness your child recovered from. This will help the school nurse to identify symptoms in other children as well as to track illnesses within the school.
For severe illness or injury, your child may return to school with a written note from his/her doctor stating any limitations with duration, if any, that your child may have.
Please remember to dress your child appropriate for the weather. If possible dress your child in layers that can be easily removed or put back on as necessary. Proper clothing is essential, especially during the winter months as the children do go outside for recess if the temperature is above freezing.
Thank you for your attention and co-operation. It is the goal of all at Spaulding Memorial School to provide a safe, healthy, and happy environment and to promote the success of your child.
Cathryn Hampson, RN, BSN
School Nurse, SMS