"Children must be healthy to be educated, and educated to be healthy."
Dr. Jocelyn Elder, Former U.S. Surgeon General
It is the goal of the clinic to help your child maintain good health and achieve a good attendance record, keep the student population and staff healthy by sending potentially contagious students home, assessing the need to send students home based on illness severity, and partnering with you, the parents or guardians, to address any medical issue that may arise throughout the school year.
Parents, guardians, or individuals on emergency contact lists will be notified by phone if the child sustains a significant injury on school grounds. Please provide the school with all home, business, and cell phone numbers. This will ensure that we are able to contact you in a timely manner.
If your child has a medical condition, chronic illness, or requires assistance for any medical procedure or treatment, please notify the clinic. A health care plan and any required medication authorization forms will need to be completed and updated annually at the beginning of each school year. Examples are asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, and allergies to foods, medications, or insect bites.
Please give medicines at home whenever possible. When given at school, medications (prescription and non-prescription) must be furnished by the parent/guardian in the original, labeled, unexpired container AND accompanied with a completed SHS-1 Authorization to Give Medication at School form. A physician's signature is required on this form for all prescription medication. Forms and medication must be updated annually.
Examples of non-prescription medications include topical creams, cough drops, cough syrup, Tums, Benadryl, Tylenol, Advil, and Midol.
The clinic assistant will administer all medication in the clinic with the exception of students that are required by their physician to carry inhalers or epipens with them at all times. In those situations, the SHS-2 Authorization to Carry Medication form must be completed.
STUDENTS, ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY AND BRING MEDICATION TO SCHOOL. IF THIS HAPPENS, THE MEDICATION WILL NOT BE GIVEN BACK TO STUDENT.
Is my child well enough to go to school?
Many parents are concerned about when to keep children who have been ill home. The following is intended to help parents with this decision. Your child should stay home if he/she has:
- fever of 100.4o or more (remain at home for 24 hours after fever is gone without aid of medication)
- vomit or diarrhea within 24 hours (remain at home for 24 hours after vomiting and/or diarrhea has stopped)
- persistent cough
- any rash
- open or draining skin sores
- inflamed or draining eyes or ears
When returning to school after an absence, the student must bring a note from the parent/guardian explaining the absence.
If your child is diagnosed with any communicable disease (flu, strep throat, head lice, chicken pox, etc.) please inform the Clinic. When appropriate, we inform parents so they may watch for specific symptoms at home, lessening the chance of the illness spreading further in our school. Thanks so much for your help with this matter.