Student Health and Clinic Information
Sending students home and requesting parents to keep them home for 24 hours:
· Temperature of 100° or higher
· Vomiting (either actively or within 24 hours)
· Diarrhea (either actively or within 24 hours)
· Suspected Pink Eye
Students must NOT have taken any medication to lower temperatures or for vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours. If antibiotics are started, please obtain a note from your child’s doctor regarding a suggested return date to school. In cases of MRSA, the affected area must be covered and remain dry. If the wound is weeping and unable to be kept dry then the student will have to go home.
USE OF MEDICATIONS
The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours, or the child requires medication to benefit from his/her educational program.
Before any medication or treatment may be administered by school personnel to any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written prescription from the child’s physician for all prescription drugs accompanied by the written authorization of the parent. In the case of nonprescription drugs, preparations, or remedies, written authorization from the parent must be on file in the office of the principal.
All medications that are listed as a controlled substance must be brought to the principal’s office or the school nurse’s office by a parent or guardian. Only prescription medication in its original container; labeled with the student's name, date, and exact dosage will be administered. Parents may administer medication to their child in the presence of Health Services personnel or designee once the above criteria are met. Parents must give written authorization for medication to be administered to their child by Health Services personnel or designee during school hours.
According to Senate Bill 376, any student in grades K-8 may not take any medications home from school. Parents must pick up medications from school. Parents can authorize, in writing, that someone 18 years or older may pick up the medication. Students will not be allowed to transport medications to or from school for any reason, as per Indiana Law and FCS guidelines unless it is a lifesaving medication and you have provided written notice from your doctor that your student needs to carry life-saving medication with him/her.
INFORMATION ON MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE
Indiana law requires each year that parents/guardians be informed about “meningococcal disease and its vaccines” (IC 20-30-5-18).
Meningococcal disease is a dangerous disease that can strike children and youth. The disease can progress rapidly and within hours of the first symptoms, may result in death or permanent disability including loss of hearing, brain damage and limb amputations. Symptoms of meningococcal disease often resemble the flu and can include a fever, headache, nausea and stiff neck, making the disease difficult to diagnose. The bacteria that cause meningococcal diseases are transmitted through air droplets and by direct contact with an infected person. Fortunately, there is an immunization available and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine meningococcal immunizations at 11 to 12 years of age. This immunization is commonly called Menactra. Johnson County Health Department has this immunization available for free to those individuals who are eleven to eighteen years old and do not have health insurance that provides coverage for immunizations. To obtain this immunization please call the Johnson County Health Department for an appointment at 317-346-4368, or speak with your healthcare provider.
IMMUNIZATIONSIndiana State law requires that parents or guardians of school-age children enrolling in a school system for the first time submit one of the following types of information:
1. Documentation that the child is fully immunized.
2. Documentation that immunizations have been started with a schedule for completion.
3. An authorization for the new school to receive medical records from a prior school.
4. A written objection to immunizations due to religious or medical reasons.
In accordance with Indiana law, please be advised that your child cannot be permanently enrolled and may be denied the opportunity to attend school unless written information of the type listed above has been provided to the school on or before the first day of school. The purpose of this law is to keep our school children healthy in order to take full advantage of the provided educational opportunities.
The following tests are given throughout the school year. If you do not want your child tested, you must return a signed, written statement to the school office as soon as possible.
Hearing Screening: In order to identify students with hearing losses, hearing tests will be given to all students in Kindergarten, first, and fourth grades, students transferred from other school districts, students suspected of having hearing losses, and students enrolled in speech therapy. If your child does fall into one of the above categories, and you would like to have him/her tested, please notify the school office.
Vision Screening: Students in Kindergarten, 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades, plus new students and referrals, will be given vision screening during the school year by the school nurse.For more information, please contact Amanda Martin at 317-346-8747