A note from the Nurse...
By Jeanette Holding R.N.
Welcome to the Nurse’s Office!
Healthy Children are Prepared to Learn
The goal of the school health clinic is to promote and maintain maximum individual pupil health status. I am available to assist students with illness and injury related problems. In addition to these primary services, I conduct health screenings, assist students and families with referrals for medical services, follow-up, and act as a health education resource person for students and staff.
For the protection of all students, there are some strict rules regarding medication to be given at school.
1. The Henrietta schools do not have a stock supply of Tylenol. A parent/guardian must provide the medication their child is to receive at school.
2. Over-The-Counter Medications may be given only after a Non-Prescription Medication Authorization Form is completed and signed by the parent/guardian. Over-the -counter medication must be received in the original container. Appropriate dosage for age as stated on the label will be dispensed.
3. Prescription Medications may be given only if a Medication/Treatment Request Form is completed and signed by the physician and parent/guardian. Prescription medications must be brought to school in a pharmacy- labeled bottle that contains the child’s name, name of medication, physician’s name and instructions for use. You may ask your pharmacist for a second, properly labeled bottle to keep at school. This is especially important with liquid medications that have to be refrigerated like antibiotics.
4. We recommend that all medication be brought to school by a parent/guardian. For the protection of all students, no medication will be sent home with a student.
5. Medications brought to school and not meeting necessary requirements will not be dispensed and will be locked in the office until a parent/guardian verifies the medication, signs the proper form or takes it home.
ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
Children with fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), or any condition that presents with fever, should be excluded from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications.
The nurse has the responsibility if she suspects a contagious health condition to request that the child be picked up by the parent or guardian and examined by a physician for diagnosis and treatment. In the event of a contagious illness, please notify the school upon confirmation of diagnosis.
TEXAS STATE LAW states that children must have immunization (shot) information on file at school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to furnish the school with the official immunization record which includes the month, day, and year of each immunization. If the student’s immunizations are not complete or up to date, the student may be excluded from attendance until the needed immunization is received.
Healthy Children Are Prepared To Learn
Physically and emotionally healthy students are better able to take advantage of their learning opportunities.