Parents are required to complete a Health Form listing any allergies, serious medical conditions and medications. Parents notify the school of changes that occur during the school year.
Emergency Forms are mailed to parents prior to the opening of school. Parents complete and return emergency information to the school office on or before the first day of school. It is imperative that the school is informed immediately of any change of work or home telephone or address during the year. Children will only be released to the person(s) designated on the emergency form, unless otherwise instructed by the custodial parent/guardian. If there is a change in the family status or a change of the child's name, it is important that the school be informed promptly of the change. In case of a change of custody, a copy of the portion of the court order that names the custodial parent and visitation privileges of non-custodial parent must be on file with the school.
A child may not enter school unless an official immunization record or other appropriate documentation of immunization status is on file. The immunization record must have the month/day/year of each vaccination, signature of the physician or health department official, and be approved by the school. A parent must show a medical contraindication, signed by a doctor, for his or her child to be excused.
Parents notify the school of their child's allergies including food allergies at the beginning of the school year and as these are diagnosed during the school year. To assure timely notification parents inform the child's homeroom teacher prior to school opening when severity of allergic conditions warrant.
The administration of medication in school is discouraged. However, if a student’s physician recommends that the student receive prescription or over-the-counter medication during the school day, a written order from the physician is required. Medication can only be dispensed with a written order from the student’s physician, specifying start and stop dates.
Physician forms are available in the school office. The original medication container or box for inhalers should include the following: name of medication, directions for use, expiration date as stated by the pharmacist, strength of medication/dosage, and student’s name. Students may not possess, dispense or distribute medication on their own.
School medication orders must be renewed each year by the physician and the order must be signed on or after July 1. All medications including EpiPen are kept in the Health Room. All medication must be delivered to the Health Room with the physician’s order attached, by a parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pick up unused medications at the end of the school year.
Parents are urged to keep children home when they have flu like symptoms, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, symptoms of a communicable disease, as this can help control epidemics of common cold or viruses. Children should be should be fever free without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours before returning to school.
If a child becomes ill during the school day, the teacher fills out a Health Room Referral Form for the child to take to the office. Health office staff attends to the student’s needs. A completed form is sent home to be signed by the parent, and the bottom portion of the form is returned to the school office. Parents are contacted if a child is too ill to remain in school.
Parents are notified immediately in the case of serious injury. If a child sustains any type of head injury, parents are contacted and a report is sent home to be signed and returned to school. If the parent/guardian or alternative contact person cannot be reached in an emergency, the school will contact police/ambulance for assistance.
Upon return children are expected to resume normal school activities. A doctor’s written and signed request is needed for a student to be excused from Physical Education classes, recess, or be given any other kind of accommodation.
Parents call the school if their child is diagnosed with a communicable disease. The school must notify the Health Department. All reports are confidential. The following communicable diseases/conditions need to be reported:
- Measles – Regular or German
- Whooping Cough
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Food Poisoning
- Human Immune Deficiency
- Pediculosis (head lice)
- Adverse Reactions to Pertussis Vaccine
- Chicken Pox
- Virus Infection (AIDS and all other symptomatic infections)
- Lyme Disease
- MRSA (Methicillin-ResistantStaphylococcus Aureus)
Any student with drainage from the eyes associated with conjunctivitis (pinkeye) must be kept at home until under treatment from a doctor. A doctor's note will be required for readmission to school. Students who have chicken pox are excluded from school until all lesions are scabbed over. Students are excluded from school for head lice. A child may return to school when he/she is free of lice and nits. A child must be examined by school personnel before she/he can return to class.
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Exposure Guidelines have been established by the school.
A voluntary student accident insurance plan approved by the Archdiocese is offered at the beginning of the each school year. The plan covers the child during school hours and while participating in school activities. Information concerning insurance is distributed early in September.