Department of Defense Education Activity

Albritton MS: School Nurse


Form 2870 - Authorization for Immunization

 

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 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:

  • Conducting health screenings
  • Providing specialized health care and services
  • Assessing and evaluating individual growth and development
  • Monitoring of students' immunizations
  • Acting as a resource for faculty, parents and students
  • Providing individual health counseling to service emotional and physical health needs
  • Identifying and referring possible pediatric and adolescent health problems for early diagnosis and treatment
  • Evaluating and monitoring communicable diseases
  • Conducting health related classroom instruction
  • Acting as an advocate for children with special needs
  • Serving as a liaison with parents and community health agencies
  • Providing educational and promotional activities for healthy lifestyles of our students and staff

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 nurse is not in a position to diagnosis your child's health concerns, to prescribe medication or to offer a prognosis. Please allow your family's primary care physician to make all decisions regarding the health of your child.

Illness

Students who are ill should stay home for the protection of the child and others. If a student becomes ill during the school day, the parent or guardian will be notified to pick up the student. If a parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact person will be notified. If we are unable to reach the emergency contact, the sponsor's supervisor will be contacted.

Any student with the following symptoms or communicable diseases should not be sent to school, and will be sent home:

  • Fever of 100° or higher
  • Severe nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Suspicious skin rash
  • Active head lice
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Impetigo
  • Chicken Pox
  • Scabies
  • Other symptoms which may interfere with student's learning and classroom performance.

Re-admittance Criteria

  • Fever free for 24 hours after school exclusion for temperature 100° F or higher
  • No significant nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • Chicken pox (Varicella) lesions crusted and dry, at least 5-7 days from onset
  • Lice treatment initiated
  • Impetigo lesions covered and under care of medical provider
  • Conjunctivitis, signs of infection have cleared
  • Ringworm covered, under care of medical provider
  • Scabies, 8 hours after first prescribed treatment

DoDEA policy states that a child must be fever free (temperature less than 100°) for 24 hours WITHOUT Tylenol or Motrin. Unfortunately, many children return to school the day after they have been sent home with 100°+ temps. These children are still potentially infectious and they will be sent back home. Please help us protect our large population from the spread of all infectious occurrences.

Medication at School

For the protection of your child and school staff, we must adhere to DoDEA standards of safety measures regarding the administration of medication.

  • Medication may NOT be transported to or from school by a student. This includes Tylenol, aspirin, and cough drops. A parent needs to bring the medication directly to the nurses' office.

Administering Medication

  • We encourage parents to administer necessary medications to their children at home if possible.When medications must be administered during the school day, the medication must be delivered to the School Nurse in the original container, properly labeled by the pharmacy or physician, stating the name of the student, the medication, the dosage, and current date. Prior to administering the medication, the physician and parent must complete and sign a medication permission form. This form, with signatures of both the physician and the parent, must also be on file before administering routine over-the-counter medications (such as Tylenol, cough medicine, cough drops, etc) to students.
  • The School Nurse may train unlicensed personnel to give medications in his or her absence. Designated unlicensed personnel must demonstrate competency in administering prescription drugs before assisting students with medication.In-service training shall include instruction in the safe administration of medication.
  • Medications given at school must be documented either on an individual log or in an adopted computerized student health management system. Written documentation must include time, dose, route, and signature of the nurse or person administering the medication. Best practice includes an individual log for each medication and each dosage time.

Storage of Medication

Medications must be kept in a locked cabinet at school, with the exception of asthma medication. Students diagnosed with asthma must have doctor and parental permission to carry their medication as well as a signed statement taking responsibility for the proper use of the medication.