School Health

  • Optimal learning requires good health. The School Nurses are proud to be part of the team effort that supports student success. As we work with you, we need your assistance and cooperation in preparing for the possibility that your child might need to take medication, become ill, or have an accident during school hours. We hope this information will help explain some of our procedures. School health services supplement rather than replace parental responsibility. Our program is designed to assist parents/guardians in devoting attention to child health, to discover health problems early, and to encourage use of the services of their physician, dentist, and community health agencies when needed. The school nurse is a resource for health related issues and for health education. School nurses are also a liaison between education, health care agencies, and home.


    If medications can be given at home before or after school hours, please do so. However, if medications must be given during school hours, the following procedures apply. This is only a summary of the complete Medication Administration Procedures.

    ♦    For prescription medications that are to be administered at school for more than 2 weeks, a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign a School Medication Authorization form SHS-01 Physician Order in addition to SHS-00 Parent Consent for School Health Services.

    ♦     A parent/legal guardian or other designated adult must bring all medication to the school clinic. At no time may medication be in the reach of children (with the exception of emergency medications as identified in the Wayne County School Medication Procedure). Prescription medications must be clearly labeled with the physician’s name, name of medication, strength, dosage, date, time for administration, and dispensing pharmacy. When medication is to be given at home and at school, ask your pharmacist to fill the prescription in 2 labeled containers, one for home and one for school.

    ♦     All over-the-counter medications and prescription medications must be in the original containers and be FDA approved. If a child requires an over the counter medication, which is supplied by the school more than two times, the parent must furnish the medication. If a child requires an over the counter medication that is not listed on the standard school health permission form, the parent must furnish the medication with an individual parental permission for that medication SHS-02 Parental Consent for Short Term Medication

    ♦     If your child has a life-threatening condition (i.e. asthma, diabetes, or allergic reaction), permission may be granted to carry medication (such as inhaler, glucose tablet, Epi-pen, or internal Insulin pump) on his or her person. Such permission will require a completed and signed SHS-01 Physician Order for Medications. Students with asthma or severe allergic reactions are encouraged to keep a second inhaler or Epi-pen in the clinic for emergency use during school even if they do carry such emergency medication. This will help assure the ability of the staff to assist the student in the event the student does not have their medication on their person and is unable to instruct others where to find it. If a student has these conditions, a parent conference with the school nurses and other staff should be conducted to develop a Health Plan for the student.

    ♦     Unused or discontinued medication must be picked up by the parent from the school clinic prior to the end of the school year.  All medication left at school more than one weekday following the last day of school will be disposed of in accordance with School Health procedure.


    ♦     Students with contagious infections need to stay home so they will not expose others. If your child is home with a communicable illness, please contact the school nurse so the parent(s) of other classmates may be alerted of symptoms.

    ♦     Children must be fever free, temperature below 100.4 degrees, for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.

    ♦     If you find live head lice in your child’s hair, please notify the school nurse. The school nurse can advise you regarding treatment.  After lice treatment, your child will require clearance from the School Nurse before returning to class and resuming bus transportation.

    ♦     A child with chickenpox may return to school when all lesions have scabbed (Usually 5-7 days).  If your child has been diagnosed with chickenpox, please notify your School Nurse.

    ♦     Impetigo, ringworm, shingles, staff infections & scabies are among conditions that must be under treatment to return to school. In some cases lesions may have to be covered. Professional standards will be used to determine management of health issues that may affect other students and staff.

    ♦     If your child has reoccurring vomiting and/or diarrhea, they must stay home.  Do not send a child to school with vomiting and/or diarrhea.

    ♦     A child with bacterial conjunctivitis "Pink Eye" may return to school after 24 hours of physician prescribed treatment.

    Please contact your School Nurse if you have any questions or concerns. By working together, we can strive to ensure the health and well being of your child so that he/she can gain the most from his/her experience at school.

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    Please update your contact information as changes occur. It is very important for School Nurses to have current contact information for parent/guardians in the event of an illness or injury with a child.


    Please check your child's immunization records during the summer and update, if needed, before school starts. Check the school requirements for Enrollment on the Department of Education page. See also the Department of Human Resources page on Immunization Schedules.

    Head Lice

    ♦     If a student is noted to be experiencing excess scratching or complains of scalp itching, he/she will be sent to the School Nurse for assessment. The School Nurse will make the determination if a student has live lice.

    ♦     If the School Nurse discovers live lice, the student will be referred to the parent/guardian for treatment.

    ♦     The parent/guardian will be given "The Facts of Lice" containing head lice myths/realities and instructions for treatment of the child, other family members and home environment. The Facts of Lice

    ♦     New head lice treatments treat both lice and nits thus ensuring a prompt return to school for the student. Only one (1) school day absence for head lice treatment will be considered as an excused absence.

    ♦     Parent/guardian will transport student to school after treatment for clearance by School Nurse before returning to class.

    ♦   If student rides the bus, he/she should be cleared by the School Nurse before resuming bus transportation.

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