Optimal learning requires good emotional and physical health. DoDEA School Health Services works together with families and community for children's health. The School Nurse at each DoDEA's school works with the school administrator to provide an environment that promotes optimal wellness and safety for all students. The school nurse provides individualized quality health care for students, emphasizes health education at all levels and utilizes available community and school resources to promote an overall healthy lifestyle for students, staff and families. Some of the core services of a school nurse are:
The purpose of the School Health Services is to strengthen the educational process by improving the health status and health knowledge of students. The goal of the program is to help students become responsible for their own health and wellness.
The School Health Services cover three areas: health education, health services, and the maintenance of a healthy school environment. It is a comprehensive program that promotes and maintains optimum health for all students.
More comprehensive description of School Health Services can be found in DoDEA Manual 2942.0, "School Health Services Guide".
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|H.1 Student Health History
|H.1.1 Returning Student Health History
|H.2 Immunization Forms
|H.2.1 Request for Exemptions From Immunizations
|H.2.4 Incomplete Immunizations, Registration
|H.2.5 Delinquent Immunizations, Notice of
|H.2.6 Disenrollment, Incomplete Immunizations
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|Symptom||Child must be at home?|
Elevated temperature of 100o F or greater demonstrates the need to exclude the student from the school setting.
Note: A fever is noted to be present at 100.4oF.
|YES - when accompanied by behavior changes or other symptoms of illness, i.e.: rash, sore throat, stomach ache/vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, head ache, ear ache.
The student should be fever free (oral temperature below 99o F) without the use of fever-reducing medicines, for a complete school day (24 hours) before returning to school.
Fever over 100o F or greater with cough and/or sore throat.
Other flu symptoms can include fatigue, body aches, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
|YES - for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.|
Severe uncontrolled coughing or wheezing, rapid or difficult breathing; coughing lasting longer than 5-7 days.
|Yes - medical attention is necessary.|
|Mild Respiratory or cold Symptoms:
Stuffy nose with clear drainage, sneezing, mild cough; no temperature elevation.
|NO - may attend if able to participate in school activities.|
Two or more episodes of vomiting in the past 24 hours.
|YES - until vomiting resolves (no further vomiting for 24 hours). Observe for other signs of illness and for dehydration.|
Frequent, loose or watery stools compared to child's normal pattern; not caused by diet or medication.
|YES - if the child looks or acts ill; if the child has diarrhea with temperature elevation of 100o F or greater; if child has diarrhea and vomiting.|
|Rash WITH Fever:
A body rash without fever or behavior changes usually does not require exclusion from school; seek medical advice.
|YES - see medical advice. Any rash that spreads quickly, has open, weeping wounds and/or is not healing should be evaluated.|
|Illness||Child must be at home?|
Pink/reddish color to white part of the eye and thick discharge may be yellow or greenish in color.
|YES - discharge and signs of infection have cleared or completion of 24 hour treatment with ophthalmic solution prescribed by a health care provider.|
|Head lice or scabies||NO - Treatment initiated.
Note: Strict adherence to product directions is essential for successful eradication of parasites.
|Impetigo (to include: streptococci, staphylococcus, MRSA infections)
Blister like lesions which develop into pustules. May "weep" and crust.
|Yes - for 24 hours after medical treatment initiated.
Note: Lesions must covered for school attendance.
|Ringworm||NO - Under care of medical care provider
Note: Lesions must covered for school attendance.
|Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Measles, Mumps, Rubella, (German Measles), Chicken pox, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Influenza
|YES - until determined not infectious by medical care provider.|
REMINDER: The ONLY medication the school can administer is medication prescribed by a physician. Permission forms, signed by the parent and physician, giving school personnel permission to administer medications to students may be obtained from the school nurse's office. The form and the medication (in the original container, properly labeled) is to remain in the nurse's office until the medication is depleted or discontinued by the physician.
This information is based upon guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control, Clinical Guidelines for School Nurses (2007) and DoDEA DSM 2942.1, March 2004.