Children may receive medication at school. It is School District policy that all medication administered be supervised by the school nurse. In the interest of safety for all children, we do not allow students to bring medication to school to be self administered (this includes cough drops). All medications must be delivered to the school nurse by an adult. In order for your child to receive medications at school, we need a signed authorization form. These are available from your school nurse or on-line at http://www.asdk12.org/healthservices/forms/.
- Short-term medications are prescriptions needed for three weeks or less. A current pharmacy labeled container must be brought to school by an adult with an authorization form signed by a parent or guardian.
- Long-term medications (over 3 weeks) require both parent/guardian and physician authorization to be on file with the nurse. These medications must be brought to school by an adult.
- Long Term Non-Prescription Medications can be administered for the duration of the school year. Each request is subject to the school nurse’s approval and will be given at the standard dosage recommended by the manufacturer. In order for these medications to be administered at school, we need a signed authorization form and they must be in the original container.
Please do NOT allow your child to bring in medication, it must be hand carried to the nurse by an adult.
Guidelines to Help: Should My Child Stay Home?
- Fever: Please keep your child home if his/her temperature is 100.0 degrees or higher without the use of medication, and if there is behavior change or they are acting sick. They may return when they feel better and their temperature is below 100.0 degrees for 24 hours without the use of medication.
- Vomiting: Please keep your child home if he or she has vomited during the eight hours prior to the start of a school day.
- Diarrhea: Please keep your child home if he or she is experiencing diarrhea.
- Colds are more difficult to assess. A slightly runny nose and occasional dry cough is not enough to keep your child home. However, if your child’s nose runs constantly and/or the cough is frequent and wet, it would be best to keep the child home for a day or two.
- Sore Throat: If your child has a sore throat, but his or her temp is below 100.0, have the child gargle with warm salt water. You can take clues from his or her behavior to help you decide whether or not to send him/her to school. If the behavior is normal and the child ate breakfast, it’s probably safe to send him/her. Tell the child he or she may come to the nurses office if feeling worse.
- Swallowing: If the child has difficulty swallowing, or you notice saliva building up in the child’s mouth due to an inability to swallow, please keep the child home and contact your doctor. This could indicate a serious condition.
- Pinkeye (conjunctivitis). Many things can cause the sclera (white part) of the eye to be pink and watery (allergies, viruses, bacteria). Pink eye may not always be contagious. Please check with the nurse for exclusion criteria.
Hearing & Vision Screening: I will be screening all kids in kindergarten, grades one, three, five, and new-to-district students throughout the school year. The Lion’s Club helps with vision screening of our preschoolers, kindergartners, and new-to-district students. Their screening tools are much more thorough at detecting abnormalities of the eye than my screening tools and, if abnormalities are caught early, they can be corrected.
Food: Please check with your child’s teacher before bringing snacks in to share with the class. We have many students with various food allergies who may have life-threatening reactions if they ingest a food that they are allergic to. The most common food allergy is peanuts and other nuts. Our school is a PEANUT/NUT REDUCED FACILITY. This means that no hot lunch meals prepared by student nutrition contain nuts or peanuts.
Nurse Jen Brusehaber
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns