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Heroes ES

School Nurse

Nurse's Message

Welcome to the Heroes family!  It is an honor and privilege to be your School Nurse.  My goal is to provide each student (and his/her family) with compassionate nursing care and to treat them with dignity, respect, and with the highest level of professionalism.

Clinic hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions by email or calling the school office and asking for the Nurse. 

One of my primary means of communication with Sponsors/Parents/Guardians is via written notices (i.e. Immunizations Due Notice, etc.).  It is very important to frequently check your student’s backpack or important papers folder to ensure you are receiving these important messages/notices. 

To the right is a link to some forms that you may use if they pertain to your child.  Thank you in advance for completing and returning them to the school.  I look forward to a school year full of good health and learning.

 

Important Reminders

  • DoDEA Immunization requirements require each student to have an Influenza (Flu) vaccine each school year. The vaccine is due as soon as annual vaccines are available, but no later than December 1st of the school year.

  • Please ensure the School Nurse is aware of any EXISTING or NEW Drug/Food/Environmental/Insect allergies each school year.

  • Children who have been diagnosed as Lactose Intolerance MUST have a letter from the provider/physician stating that the student is lactose intolerant.

  • Children are NOT allowed to remain in school if their temperature is 100° degrees Fahrenheit or higher or if they have severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Children must be fever free (temperature less than 100° degrees Fahrenheit) for 24 consecutive hours after school exclusion for temperature 100° F or higher WITHOUT the use of medications such as Tylenol or Motrin.

  • Children must have NO significant nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 consecutive hours after school exclusion for nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea WITHOUT the use of medications. 

  • Please keep your emergency contact information up to date in case your child becomes ill and we need to contact you.

Services

The School Nurse performs the following health related services at our school.

  • Screening for visual, hearing, scoliosis, and other physical problems with appropriate referrals and follow-up.

  • Maintenance of appropriate current, and cumulative health records on each child's health record.

  • Facilities, personnel and other provisions for first aid, rest, emergency care, and recuperation when minor injuries or illness occur.

  • Policies for the prevention and control of communicable disease (The Nurse must clear students after having a communicable disease before reentering school).

 

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.

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, prior to administering the medication, the physician/primary care provider and sponsor/parent/guardian must have completed, signed, and returned a “MEDICATION DURING SCHOOL DAY” form (DoDEA Form 5 SHSM H-3-2) to the School Nurse.  This form, must also be completed, signed, and returned before administering routine over-the-counter medications (such as Tylenol, Motrin, cough medicine, cough drops, ointments, etc.) to students.  The form can be obtained from the school office or nurse.  The form is only valid for the current school year and must be renewed annually.  Additionally, medications to be administered during the school day, must be delivered to the School Nurse in the original container, properly labeled by the pharmacy or physician, identifying the name of the student, the medication, the dosage, the time of administration, the route of administration, reason for administration, and current date.

 

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.

Injuries

Minor Injuries

Injuries requiring minor first-aid treatment such as scrapes, cuts, minor burns, and insect stings will be managed at the school level by one of our Registered Nurses or other appropriate school personnel.

 

Serious Injuries

In the case of serious injury or illness the following procedure will be followed:

*The sponsor and/or spouse will be contacted immediately.

*In the event contact with the parent is not possible, the Emergency Contact person will be called.

*A 911 call will be initiated when the administrator or School Nurse determines the nature of the illness or injury requires emergency medical attention.