Medication at School
1. Only prescription medicine in the original bottle with the patient's full name, date, and dosage, method and time of administration may be given at school.
2. Only when the official Parent Authorization Form is filled out and on file in the office, will medication be administered.
3. No over the counter drugs are to be brought to school. This includes cough drops. Parents may come to school to administer a medication in the presence of school personnel.
4. Medicine Has to be brought in by an adult. No medication is to be carried on the bus.
5. Teachers will carry all medications on field trips.
6. An asthmatic student shall be able to carry a metered dose inhaler on their person with approval from the parent physician. The school will be provided a copy of the permission with physician's approval.
When to keep your child home from school:
These guidelines may help you make that decision.
If your child has a temperature over 100, you need to keep your child at home.
If a child is sent to the school clinic/nurse with a temperature over 100 during the school day, he or she will be sent home.
If your child has a skin condition or ongoing rash that is not contagious, please send your child's teacher a note.
If your child has an unexplained rash, it would be a good idea to see a doctor. Again, send your child's teacher a note to explain the cause and possibly avoid a trip to the school clinic and call home from the school nurse..
Pink eye is highly contagious and can spread rapidly. If the eye is red/pink, itchy, has drainage and is matted together in the morning these are all clear signs of pink eye. Antibiotic drops are the only way to take care of this, so the child must see a doctor. In the mean time you and your child need to wash you hands frequently.
Pediculosis (Head Lice):
1. Head lice are found worldwide. Although transmission of lice can occur from contact with an infested person, it is important to remember that lice DO NOT TRANSMIT DISEASE. Per the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nursing, and the Department of Health in Lake County, otherwise healthy children should not be excluded from school unless an infestation of live lice are found.
2. Parents/guardians are responsible for regularly checking their children for the presence of head lice. If live lice or nits (eggs) are found, it is important to treat the child immediately and monitor other family members. For more information on treatment of head lice, please consult with your school nurse, a Registered Nurse, or refer to the Lake County Schools’ pamphlet, Facts About Head Lice, located on the Student Services website.
3. Any student identified at school as having live lice will be sent home with support and instructions for treating the child, other siblings, and the home. The student should be treated for lice and returned to school the following day. Parents should instruct their child(ren) not to share brushes, combs, hats, or other personal items that may lead to transmission.
4. For more information about Pediculosis, prevention strategies, and treatment options, please refer to the Lake County Schools’ manual, Facts About Head Lice, located on the Student Services website.
Diarrhea and vomiting:
If your child has had diarrhea and/or vomiting at home within hours before school starts, consider keeping him or her at home until the condition improves. Often diarrea and/vomiting are symptoms of a virus which can also be contagious.
Make sure that the school office has at least two numbers available to contact you in case your child gets ill during school hours.