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School Health

Lynn Rivers

School Health

 Mission Statement

The School Health Services Program supports and enhances educational success by improving and protecting the health status of students through prevention, maintenance and education.  

 

Nursing Staff

 

State  Immunization
Requirements

 

 

 

Health Information on MRSA- (Methicillin-Resistant 
Staphylococcus aureus)

 

Tips from your School Nurse about protecting yourself from the Flu Virus
 

Parent Information about 
Children’s Drug Use

       
System Medication Procedure 

All Ware county Schools have a uniform medication procedure.  Your child’s safety is our primary concern in the school system; therefore this medication administration procedure will be strictly enforced. 

No prescription medications (other than short term listed in next paragraph) will be given to any child in the school system without a written physician order.  The first week of school prescription medication will be given only if the appropriate parental permission form is completed and the medication is in a properly labeled bottle dated within the last 3 months. 

Short term prescription medications such as antibiotics, cough syrups, etc. will be given if proper parental permission is obtained, and the medication is in its original labeled container.  A physician order for this type of medication will only be needed if the child will need to take the medication for longer than 10 consecutive days. 

Over-the-counter medication (example: Tylenol) can only be given to a child if the clinic permission form has been signed giving permission to do so.   Any other over-the-counter medications (example:  Ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol, TUMS) can be given with permission from a parent.  A physician’s order will be required for over the counter medications to be taken more than 10 consecutive days or 30 days per semester. 

All forms can be picked up at your child’s school clinic or at the front office of the school. 

All medication remaining in any school clinic after 12 noon on the Monday after the last day of school will be destroyed.  No medication can be left on school property during the summer. 

For your child’s safety, no exceptions will be made to this procedure.  Please contact your School Health Nurse or the Ware County School Health Office, 287-2306, if you have any questions.  

Emergency Contact Numbers 

Parents provide a list of emergency telephone contact numbers on student identification cards at the beginning of each school year.  Very often, telephone numbers change and the school is not notified.  As a reminder to all parents, if the contact information has changed for you (home or work numbers) or the people who have agreed to be listed to respond for your child in the event of an emergency, PLEASE UPDATE THIS NOW. 

Additionally, circumstances often call for you to be out of town or otherwise inaccessible.  When this occurs, please notify your child’s school and the alternate contact person(s) of your plans to assure that your child has someone to call.  You never know when an emergency may occur.  It is very sad for a child to have to remain at school when he/she is sick.  Schools are not accommodated with infirmaries and there is nowhere for sick children to be comfortable.  We cannot give medication to a child without written parental permission and a child’s fever can go to dangerous levels quickly without treatment.  

 

Head Lice 

Lice Procedure and Guide for Parents

The tell tale sign of head lice is head scratching.  Lice are very difficult to see until fully grown.  The eggs (nits) that are attached to the hair shaft can often be seen shortly after the scratching begins. 

To avoid a family infestation, observe your child for scratching by checking family members once a week for signs of nits and treat it at the first signs of infestation.  Also, encourage your children not to share anything used on or near the head such as combs, hats, helmets, pillows, etc. 

Getting head lice is nothing to be embarrassed about but keeping them is.  Please contact your school nurse for instructions to treat your child safely if you suspect him/her of getting lice.  Never use home remedies such as kerosene or insecticides that harm your child.