FORT LEAVENWORTH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 207 School Nurse Information Dear Parents, Welcome to USD 207. In this school district, we are fortunate enough to employ a full-time registered nurse in each of our schools. This information sheet is designed to inform you of our health care policies.
If your child becomes seriously injured or ill during the school day, we will attempt to contact you at home or at work. If we are unable to reach you, we will call the emergency number you have given the school. Please make sure local emergency contact numbers are on file in the nurse’s office. MEDICATIONS: NO MEDICATIONS (PRESCRIPTION OR OVER THE COUNTER) WILL BE GIVEN AT SCHOOL WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S ORDER. PERMISSION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CLINIC AS WELL AS FROM THE SCHOOL NURSES. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE HANDCARRIED BY AN ADULT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF INHALERS NEEDED BY JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS. Strict rules must be followed concerning the administration of medications at school. Along with the doctor’s order the medication must be in a bottle with the pharmacy label and directions for use of the medication. The doctor’s order must include the name of the drug, dosage and length of time it is expected to be given at school, as well as any special monitoring. Medication orders must be from a local physician (not one from out of state). This applies to over-the-counter medications also, such as cough syrups, Dimetap, etc. If they must be given at school, they must have the proper pharmacy label and doctor’s order for us to dispense. Parents may administer their children’s medication at the school nurse’s office, should they desire. Over-the-Counter Medications: The school nurses have signed physician’s orders that permit them to dispense
Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Mylanta, Maalox, Tums, throat lozenges, Chloraseptic throat spray, Calamine/Caladryl lotion, Antibiotic ointment and Hydrocortisone cream. If the parent checks yes on the health card, these medications can be given at school. The above mentioned over-the-counter medications are all supplied in the nurses’ offices except Motrin. If your child will need to take Motrin, we ask that you bring in his/her supply. All others require a doctor’s written permit. Antibiotics: Antibiotics which are given 3 times a day or less should be given at home unless specifically ordered by
the doctor to be given at school. If antibiotics are needed during the school day, a doctor’s order will be required.
Asthma/allergies: If your child has these problems, it would be advantageous to have an inhaler at school before your
child has serious problems. Medication can take effect while we locate parents. If your child requires the use of an epi-pen for severe allergies, please be sure that we have one at school as well. Again, any medications that are required at school must come with a doctor’s order and with a pharmacy label. Please be sure you have filled out our care plan on your asthmatic/allergic child. This is available in the nurse’s office. (This is in addition to the white cumulative health record.)
Health concerns: If your child has diabetes, asthma, leukemia, cystic fibrosis, seizure disorder, environmental or food
allergies, etc., please see the school health nurse so that she may gather all the necessary information and set up a care plan. If you have any other concerns regarding your child’s health at any time, your nurse is always happy to talk with you. HEALTH SCREENINGS: Several screening procedures are conducted by the school nurses during the year. Vision and hearing screenings are provided for all students. Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) screening will be provided for fifth & sixth grade girls and all seventh through ninth graders. If there is any screening procedure you do not wish your child to participate in, please notify the school nurse. For scoliosis screening permission please check the Cumulative Health Card.
HEALTH CLASSES: A Growth and Development class is taught by the school nurse for 4th grade girls and all 5th and 6th grade students. Grades 5 and 6 students also see an instructional film on AIDS separate from the Growth and Development class. There is an opportunity for a parental viewing of the videos scheduled prior to the elementary class sessions. Parental permission is obtained prior to participation in the program. ILLNESS/APPOINTMENTS: If your child will be absent from school due to illness or appointments, please notify the office or school nurse. Messages can be left on the voice mail 24 hours a day. The nurses try to contact everyone who is not accounted for by 9:30 each morning. Please report any contagious disease (i.e. strep infections, impetigo, lice) to the school nurse. Guidelines for keeping your child at home are: Fever within the last 24 hours Episodes of diarrhea or vomiting prior to school When illness requires antibiotics, your child must be on the medication 24 hours before returning to school. SCHOOL PHYSICALS:
Students age 8 or younger and new to Kansas Schools are required to obtain a physical. The physical must be obtained after 1 January 2009 to be accepted in Kansas for the 2009/10 school year. This physical may be obtained at your current duty station and an out-of-state form is acceptable.
SPORTS PHYSICALS (Junior High Students):
Junior High students who desire to participate in sports/cheerleading are required to obtain a physical. This physical must be obtained after 1 May 2009 to be accepted in Kansas for the 2009/10 school year. The physical may be obtained at your current duty station. A Kansas Sports Physical form is available; however, an
out-of-state form will be accepted and attached to a Kansas form, which requires the parent’s and student’s signatures.
The Kansas State Law, K.S.A. 1969 Supp. 72-5381, requires that any child entering school in Kansas for the first time must have the following immunizations: 5 DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), 4 Polio and 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), 3 Hepatitis B, three doses required through grade 9 2 Varicella (chickenpox) two doses required for Kindergarten; one dose required for grades 1-9 unless a history of varicella disease documented by a licensed physician. 3 Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), 4 Pneumococcal conjungate (PCV7) 2 Hepatitis A except (1) certification from a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the test and/or immunization would seriously endanger his/her life or health or (2) give written objection on religious grounds. In addition, immunizations against MCV4 (Meningococcal), HPV (human papilloma virus) for female ≥ 11 years of age only, and Flu (influenza) immunization are recommended but not required for school entry.
The health of your child is of the utmost importance to good school performance. To achieve this, our goal is to be
readily available to you and the teachers. Good communication between the nurse and the parents is also very
important. For any questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse at any time.
BRADLEY ELEMENTARY EISENHOWER ELEMENTARY MACARTHUR ELEMENTARY PATTON JR. HIGH SCHOOL A GOOD BREAKFAST BEFORE SCHOOL IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!!
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