The Health Suite is open for students with health concerns, illnesses and injuries that occur during the school day. By 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. The best way to reach Mrs. Carlson is via the main school phone line or directly in the nurses office at (202) 671-6032. In addition, there are some important things you need to know relating to school health issues.
Health Suite Reminders:
FEVER: DCPS and DOH recommend that students stay at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Staying at home with a fever will reduce the number of people who may get infected. Students who are sick should not participate in any school activity or in school after care. In addition, please notify the nurse and your child’s teacher if an extended absence is due to an illness.
VACCINATIONS: Get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu. DCPS and DOH recommend that students or staff with flu-like symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea must stay at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have symptoms.
MEDICATIONS: Please stop by the Health Suite if your child has medications that still need to be submitted, especially emergency medications such as Albuterol or Epinephrine. All medicines that need to be dispersed during the day must be given directly to the nurse or office staff. 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
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.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION: Please be sure that you provide a local phone number to the office where you can be reached 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.
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 online at https://dcps.dc.gov or from the Health Suite. Our Student’s health is very important to us and we strongly believe that good health supports readiness to learn. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the School Nurse or the front office.