The following guidelines briefly highlight the protocols practiced in the Health Service Office.The school nurse Ms. Hahn, is always available to consult with you should you have any questions or concerns. For a handy summary of these guidelines, please download the document below:
Health Services Office Guidelines
The use of specific, necessary medications during school hours will allow students to attend and remain in school, and will facilitate a level of well-being that will enhance student participation in the classroom. The school nurse, in collaboration with the parent or guardian, will establish a medication administration plan for each student receiving medication.
- All medication, prescriptions and over the counter medications require a physician’s order and completed parental permission form. Without this, the medication is not given.
- All prescription medication must be labeled and in a current pharmacy bottle.
- All over the counter medication must be in the original packaging.
- Medications must be delivered to school by the parent, guardian or responsible adult. Students are not allowed to transport medication unless it is medically indicated and after consultation with the school nurse.
- All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. New medication orders are needed for the start of a new school year.
- Medications must be picked up at the end of the school year. Any remaining medication will be destroyed.
Immunizations are a vital communicable disease control mechanism. In order for Parnassus Preparatory School to assure we protect our vulnerable students and to be in compliance with the Minnesota’s state required Immunization Statute [M.S.§121A.15 subd.1] all students must have an Immunization document on file.
How sick is too sick?
Parents may wonder whether they should send their child to
school if the child has symptoms of illness or is being treated for an infection or communicable disease. Also,
the child may have sustained an injury which would preclude his being in school
for his own safety and well-being. At
times, children will become ill or injured at school and parents will be contacted to take the
child to a medical facility or home.
The following guidelines are consistent can help parents,
caregivers, and school staff as they determine “how sick is too sick:”
- Child has
a condition that
requires immediate medical
diagnosis or intervention,
e.g., needs emergency dental
care, sutures, bone-setting, or medical care.
- Child needs
ongoing supervision, above and beyond that normally provided in daycare or
school, which cannot be managed in the routine setting.
- Child is not
able to function because of illness, e.g., fever, toothache, vomiting, loose
stools, migraine headache.
- Child has
untreated pediculosis or scabies.
- Child has an
open, draining, infected skin lesion which cannot be covered with a protective
- Child has a
persistent, productive cough.
- Child has an
Additionally, a child should not be sent to school if he or she poses a
significant health risk to others in the normal course of the day in day care
or school activities, such as in the following situations:
- The child is in the
infectious stage of a serious airborne transmitted communicable disease
including, but not limited to, chicken pox, measles, mumps, pertussis,
tuberculosis, or rubella
- The child unable to
hygienically manage bowel and/or bladder functions expected of his age and/or
is in the infectious stage of an oral-fecal transmitted communicable disease
(Hepatitis A, giardiasis, salmonella, shigella, rotovirus, and parasites)
Children may not be excluded from school when the risk of
transmission of a communicable disease is non- existent in that setting or when
transmission can be controlled through education of staff and child and the
provision of readily available supplies to carry out hygiene measures.
If your child shows signs of illness at the beginning of the
school day, check her/his temperature.
Keep your child home if his/her temperature is 100 degrees F° or greater
before use of fever reducing medication.
The child should not return to school until his/her temperature has been
below 100 degrees F for 24 hours.
If your child has diarrhea or vomiting,
he/she cannot return to school until 24 hours after it has stopped.
Sending a sick child to school is hard on him
and can expose others to contagious illnesses.
When a child has a communicable disease, the school office must be
informed so that the parents of classmates can be notified. After beginning an
antibiotic, your child must remain at home for a full 24 hours before he is
considered non- contagious.
Parents, care providers, and school staff are encouraged to
contact a health care professional for specific information and recommendation
about the ill or injured child’s needs for exclusion from the setting and
possible medical assessment and intervention.