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BACK TO SCHOOL: Nurse's Notes: Health is important at school, too

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By CINDY HAYES, RN and Spencer County Elementary School Nurse

I hope everyone has had a safe and restful summer. I am taking this opportunity to address some important health related issues for this upcoming school year.

Chronic Health Conditions
Students with health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, life threatening allergies, seizures or any other condition that may warrant health care while at school, please remember to update your child’s school health care plan with your child’s physician.
The care plan indicates how the student has access to their “life sustaining” medications (such as inhalers, epipens, glucagon or diastat), classroom accommodations (if applicable), and emergency care/safety.  Please call to set up an appointment to discuss the plan with your child’s teacher and the school nurse before the start of the school year.

Medication Policy
• Medications should be given at home whenever possible. Only those medicines necessary for a student’s medical care will be given at school. Most medicines a student needs, even those to be given three times a day, can be given safely at home.
• Any medication (prescription or over the counter) must have a completed Medication Authorization Form on file in the Health Room in order for school personnel to safely administer the medication.
The physician/health care provider and parent must fill out the permission form for a prescribed medication. A parent may fill out the permission for an over-the-counter medication.  If the over-the-counter medication is needed more than five consecutive days, then an order from the physician/ health care provider would be needed. Medication forms are available in the office/health room.
• Parent/Guardian must bring prescription medication to the school in the current, original, pharmacy-labeled container which includes the student’s name, the name of the medication, the dose, time, route, and current date.
• Parent/Guardian must bring over-the-counter medication to the school in a small manufacturer’s container. Over-the-counter medications can only be administered according to manufacturer’s dosage directions unless documented otherwise by the physician/health care provider.
•  Changes in the medication, the dosage, time, or frequency of administration must   have a new medication authorization form.
• Students are not permitted to bring any medication (this includes cough drops and topical ointments) into the school, or transport medication on the bus unless it is a “life sustaining” medication and it is authorized by the student’s physician.

Appropriate Footwear
Play is important for the development of the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual capabilities of children. Our students need to be able to move and participate in PE, recess and other movement activities within the classroom and on the playground. It is difficult, and more importantly, dangerous for a child to try to move and run in a flip flop or sandal.
As the school nurse I have seen: twisted ankles, cuts, scrapes, broken off toe nails, embedded mulch and other injuries that may have been prevented if the student had been wearing the proper footwear for play. So please send your child to school with a flat, closed toe/closed heal shoe everyday.
 
Wish List for Health Room Supplies
Sandwich bags/Quart sized bags
Kleenex
Sponges without an abrasive side
Antibacterial wipes

If you are able to fit any of the above into your budget, I would greatly appreciate your contribution to the students of SCES.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns,

Cindy Hayes RN
SCES School Nurse
502-220-8154