The Health Center at school is not a primary care facility like a doctor's office and may not be used as such because the nurse is not allowed by law to make a medical diagnosis, prescribe treatment, or administer medication without a doctor's order. First aid and medical care provided by the school nurse are primarily for illnesses or injuries that occur during the school day. School is a healthy environment! The nurse's major responsibility is to maintain that environment and give each child the best opportunity to learn and reach his/her full potential through health education, health assessments, identification of health problems, the making of appropriate referrals and follow-up, and altering the school environment to meet special health needs.
I am looking forward to working with you and your family this year. With your help, I will make an effort to afford each student the best opportunity to learn. My responsibility is to keep students in class whenever possible. The average healthy student may never have a need to visit the school nurse or may likely make no more than 5 to 7 visits per school year. Proper use of the Health Center is encouraged. However, be assured acute illness and injuries will always be addressed immediately.
Health Center hours are in effect. Any situation that can wait will be attended to during the designated morning and afternoon hours.
The reasons for Health Center hours are:
- To increase student instruction time
- To increase compliance with state and local mandates for health services
- To increase the student's ability to be responsible consumers of health care
- To increase the student's self-care skills
- To improve the quality of care to students
If your child has been ill with fever, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
It is imperative you notify the nurse of any medical condition(s) your child may have such as diabetes, asthma, allergies, vision or hearing problems, a physical or mental disability, etc. This will allow the school staff and me to better serve your child.
Medications (PVSchools Policy)
It is expected that medications be brought to school by the parent/guardian unless the parent/guardian has given written permission for the student to transport medications.
Students may not keep medication with them due to safety concerns. Inhalers cannot be kept in the student's possession without a written doctor's order.
It is recommended that liquid medicines that must be refrigerated be left in the Health Center during the dates to be dispensed and that you keep a needed amount at home. Most pharmacies will dispense two bottles of prescribed medicine if you request it.
Medications brought to school which do not meet the necessary requirements (e.g., in the original labeled container, signed permission form, etc.) will not be dispensed by the nurse and will be kept in a locked cabinet in the Health Center until a parent/guardian verifies the medication and follows the procedures for dispensing the medication or picks up the medication
Any extra medication(s) that have not been picked up by the parent/guardian at the end of treatment or at the end of the school year will be disposed of.
The Health Center will not stock over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, antihistamines, antacids, etc. If you and/or your doctor feel it is necessary for your student to receive medication of this nature during the school day, please contact the nurse.
If your child requires a morning dose of medication, it is recommended that he/she receive it at home before leaving for school. We have found that the educational process is enhanced when students take their morning medication(s) at home. They arrive at school ready to meet the day!