Nurse s Office
From the Health Room:
On August 5, 2009 the CDC changed its recommendation related to the amount of time people with influenza-like illness should stay away from others. The new guideline indicates that people should stay home for at least 24hours after their fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). A fever is defined as having a temperature of 100 f or greater
-- HUSD Public Relations Director
ADMINISTERING MEDICINES TO STUDENTS – H.U.S.D. POLICY JHCD
If it is necessary for a student to take over the counter or prescription medicine during school hours, the nurse or designee of the principal may administer the medication when the following requirements are met:
* The law (A.R.S. 15-344) requires medication to be delivered to the nurse by a responsible adult and not the student.
* Medication must be in the original container prepared by the pharmacist.
* A form will need to be completed by the parent giving permission for school personnel to administer the medicine to your child.
Non Prescription/Over the Counter Drugs:
* The law (A.R.S. 15-344) requires medication to be provided and delivered to the nurse by a responsible adult and not the student.
* Medication must be in the original, unopened container as packaged by the manufacturer and labeled with the student’s name.
A form will need to be completed by the parent giving permission for school personnel to administer the medicine to your child.
All medication/inhalers from home must be stored and locked in the nurse’s office, unless special arrangements are made with the nurse. They are not to be left in the classroom in a child’s desk or backpack.
Screenings are also a routine part of the School Health Program. Screenings may include height, weight, vision, hearing, dental, blood pressure, Acanthosis Nigricans (AN), scoliosis, body mass index (BMI) and color deficiency. If you do not want your child included in any part of our screening program, you must notify the nurse in writing each year of the programs in which your student may not participate.
If any abnormalities are discovered as a result of the screening, parents/guardians will be notified and recommendations made for further evaluation.
Please call the school if your child has a communicable disease such as: chicken pox, measles, mumps, strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink eye) or any infestations of lice.
Although we encourage perfect attendance for students, we advise students not to be sent to school if they are ill. Signs and symptoms which would indicate the need to keep them home include, but are not limited to:
* A fever of 100° or more
* Vomiting or diarrhea
* An unexplained rash
Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. You may be required to pick your child up if they have not been fever free for 24 hours. The Nurse or principals designee will have discretion as to re-admittance for: diarrhea, vomiting, rash etc.
If there should be any major or significant change in your child’s health, please notify the school nurse at 759-4810.
EMERGENCY FIRST AID
Emergency first aid can be given by the nurse or a member of the school staff. If a student is seriously injured and needs medical attention, the parent is contacted and so advised. When the parent cannot be located, the school will exercise its legal option to act in the place of the parent and secure emergency treatment. If the parent cannot be reached and the student needs immediate attention the paramedics will be called. Should your child require transport or treatment by ambulance, parents/guardians are responsible for all costs.
When students become ill at school, they are sent to the Nurse’s Office. If it is necessary for students to leave school, the parent will be contacted. The student is kept in the Nurse’s Office until the parent or guardian arrives or where adult supervision can provided. No student may walk home ill. Parents are urged to keep a child home when they suspect illness. By instituting treatment at once, long illnesses may be prevented.
Except in true emergencies, students are required to get a pass from their teacher or aide before visiting the Nurse’s Office. The school nurse establishes and maintains a health record for each student. The health record contains immunization status, screening results, health history, and other information at the discretion of the school nurse. It is imperative that we have complete information. Annual update emergency medical information forms (EMI) are to be completed for each child in the family. The update will ensure the school nurse’s ability to facilitate medical interventions should your child ever need care. You are asked to provide school personnel with current information so that you can be reached in the event of an illness or injury. Please be sure to note all medical conditions and allergies for the Nurse’s information. This is vital.
Immunizations are required by Arizona State Law (A.R.S. 15-872) Required Immunizations are: Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, varicella (chickenpox), measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), hepatitits B and meningitis. Please visit the HUSD website (humboldt unified.com) for specific requirements. Any new immunizations your child receives throughout the year should be reported to the school nurse.
In the event of an illness or injury. Please be sure to note all medical conditions and allergies for the Nurse’s information. This is vital.