The goal of Health Services / Nursing Services is to identify, prevent, remove, minimize or manage any barriers to attain the highest level of health and wellness for the individuals we serve.
Administration of Medications and Treatment Procedures through Nursing Services:
If at any time during normal school hours student should need a prescription or “as needed” medication, or have a medical procedure performed, the following conditions must be met before the medication or procedure can be given or performed by the program nurse or their designee.
- All medications, prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) must have a “Medication Release” form (see link below) completed and signed by both the Licensed Health Professional and legal guardian.
- The Medication Release Form is valid for one (1) year. A new form is required each time the medication dose or time is changed or a new medication is ordered.
- For all students medication (s) MUST be accompanied with the “Tracking Documentation of Medication / Supplies received by SCBDD Form” and given directly to the SCBDD transportation personnel. Medications will not be handled or transported by transportation personnel without this completed form.
- All medication, including OTC, must be in the original pharmaceutical bottle or packaging. The label must contain:a. The name of the pharmacy and contact number.b. The name of the prescribing Licensed Health Professional and contact number.c. Name of the student.d. Name of medication or contents.e. Dosage of medication, including strength or concentration, time and route.f. Special instructions if applicable.
The above information is limited to only that medication / treatment procedures which is managed by the program nurse or designee during normal business hours.
Return to School Guidelines
We request that a release from a Licensed Health Professional (Release – Return to School Activity Form) be provided for students returning to school in the following situations:
- Returning after any hospitalization
- Returning after medical tests – procedures requiring sedation
- Returning after a serious illness
- Returning after sustaining an injury that required medical treatment (this inlcudes an emergency center visit)
- Returning after recovering from a contagious disease
- Other situations in which the program nurse has sufficient cause to be concerned about the health and safety of the student and those who are at school
The Licensed Health Professional’s Release statement should include any restrictions, limitations, or special instructions clearly outlined on the form along with the date the individual may return.
Management of Illness
To promote a healthy school environment, we need the cooperation of parents/guardians. If a student shows any of the following symptoms, nursing services ask that you keep the individual home:
- Temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
- Skin rash
- Diarrhea (more than 1 abnormally loose stool within 24 hour period) and/or vomiting more than 2 times in one day.
- Sore throat
- Severe coughing (causing the student to become red or blue in the face or make a whooping sound)
- Excessive sneezing or runny nose
- Evidence of lice, scabies, or other parasitic infection
- Redness in eyes, discharge from the eyes and/or crusted eyelids – conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Yellowish skin or eyes
- Untreated infected skin patches
- Unusually dark urine and/or gray white stools
- Stiff neck
- Difficult or rapid breathing
- Any combination of the symptoms listed above OR Nursing discretion.
If a student becomes ill at school, the program nurse, or designee, shall notify the parent/guardian. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, another person designated on the Emergency Information Sheet will be notified. It is the expectation the ill student will be picked up from the site within an hour. The student should be observed for the next 24 hours. The temperature should be normal, that is below 99 degrees for 24 hours without the use of an anti-pyretic or anti-fever medication, such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol or Tempra.