The Health Suite is open for students with health concerns, illnesses and injuries that occur during the school day. Health screenings (e.g. vision, hearing, height and weight, etc.) assisting students with chronic illnesses, making referrals when appropriate and teaching a variety of health-related classes are some of the services that will be provided to your children. In addition, there are some important things you need to know relating to school health issues.
- CHRONIC CONDITIONS AND ALLERGIES: If your child has any known health conditions that need special attention during school hours (e.g. asthma, diabetes, nut or bee sting allergy, etc.), please let your child’s teacher and the school nurse know in writing, so that the appropriate measures can be made.
- WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME: Children are encouraged to stay home when ill in order to aid in recovery and to prevent the spread of diseases to others. Children with fever and other symptoms should remain home until symptom free for 24 hours. A child diagnosed with a contagious illness (e.g. strep throat, pink eye, etc.,) must stay home until completing the first 24 hours of antibiotics and/or cleared by their physician. Students who are diagnosed with head lice must be nit free and cleared by the nurse prior to returning to class. In addition, please notify the nurse and your child’s teacher if an extended absence is due to an illness.
- STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR: Encourage all family members to practice good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing, covering cough with elbow if tissue is not available, keeping hands out of “T Zone” (eyes, nose and mouth) and reminding children not to share personal items like drinks, food unwashed utensil and grooming items such as combs, brushes and hats.
- AUTHORIZATION FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION AND MEDICAL PROCEDURES: Before any medication (e.g. Inhaler, Tylenol, Insulin, etc.) is administered or medical procedure (e.g. neb treatment, catheterization, etc.), a physician’s written order and parental consent is required. Forms can be downloaded from http://dcps.dc.gov. Please contact the school nurse for additional details regarding our medication and procedure policy if necessary.
- EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION: Please be sure that you provide a local phone number where you can be reached at during the school day. In the event that your child has an illness or injury that needs urgent attention, you will be contacted; however your child may be taken to the hospital via ambulance.
- IMMUNIZATIONS: Upon enrollment, students must present evidence that they have received the required immunizations appropriate for their age.
- PHYSICAL AND DENTAL EXAMS: School Health Certificates (physical exams) and Dental Assessment Forms must be current and are required on all students. These forms can be obtained from the Health Suite.
Our Student’s health is very important to us and we strongly believe that good health supports readiness to learn. I look forward to working with you and your child during the upcoming school year. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the School Nurse, Nurse Poindexter, RN.