Celeste Mahoney, R.N.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
Mission Statement – The Westwood School Nurses promote health, safety and wellness to ensure optimal academic success for all students.
Medical Conditions - In order to provide each child with appropriate care, parents should notify the school, in writing, of any medical conditions the student has that may affect his/her well being. This also includes any religious stipulations regarding restrictions in medical care.
Health Records – All children attending school must have a comprehensive health record kept on file with the school nurse. A physical exam is required for kindergarten entrance, for entry into third grade, and for any child entering school for the first time. The health report must include a lead screening test as well as immunizations for:
DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus)
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Emergency Cards – Emergency information cards, signed by a parent or guardian, must be on file in the office and health Room. These must include the parent’s work phone numbers and the phone numbers of local family members, neighbors, or friends who may pick up your child if a parent cannot be reached. Please do not list emergency numbers of individuals who live a distance from the school. Do not list someone who works full time and can not pick up your child. A sick child must be sent home as soon as reasonably possible. Please update these cards if there is any change of information during the school year.
Accident, Illness, and Injury – The school nurse or the staff handle minor first aid problems. If a student becomes ill and needs to go home, the parent(s) will be called to arrange for the child to be picked up. If a child is seriously injured, an ambulance will be called. The ambulance will transport the child to the nearest hospital. The parent will be notified any time the child receives an injury to the head regardless of the significance.
Medications – No child is permitted to take prescription or over-the-counter medication without the direct supervision of the school nurse. Medication will be administered after these procedures are completed.
· A physician’s medication order and parental consent form must be on file in the Health Room. These forms must be renewed at the beginning of each year.
· Parents must give any controlled substance, such as Ritalin, directly to the nurse. The medication must then be counted together by the parent and the nurse and amount must be documented.
· For short term prescriptions (10 days or less), the medication may be contained in a pharmacy labeled container in lieu of a physician’s order. A parental consent form is still required.
· Over the counter medications, such as Tylenol or cough syrup, also require a physician’s order and parental consent form.
· Any students requiring an Epi-Pen or Benadryl for a severe allergic reaction are required to provide the medication, the physician’s order and the parental consent form on the first day of school.
· All medication must be picked up on the last day of school. Any medications not picked up will be destroyed.
Communicable Diseases – If a student is diagnosed with a communicable disease, please contact the school nurse. This is vital for control measures as well as for protecting students and staff who may be medically at risk from exposure to these diseases. Children must remain home until they are no longer contagious. This limits the spread of disease and allows the child to recover more quickly. Listed below are the isolation periods for the most common communicable diseases:
Strep Throat 24 to 48 hours after medication has started
Conjunctivitis 24 hours after the medication has started and there is no longer any discharge from the eyes
Fifth Disease No isolation period. Please notify the school if it is suspected or diagnosed.
Pediculosis Head lice is an easily transmitted condition and treatment is important. The school must be notified immediately when a case is identified. The nurse will instruct parents regarding treatment and will examine the entire class. Children may return to school after treatment is completed and they are nit free.
Fevers Children may attend school when their temperature is less than 100 degrees without fever reducing medication. Please remember that fever with a virus is lowest in the morning. If your child has a fever in the evening or during the night, he/she should not attend school the next day.
Vomiting A child with vomiting should be kept home until the symptoms have been gone for at least 12 hours and the child is able to keep solid food down.
Please keep your child home if s/he cannot fully participate in all school activities, including Physical Education and recess.
Physical Education Excuses – Please send any excuses for exemption from Physical Education classes to the school nurse. The nurse will determine the student’s ability to participate and will notify the P.E. teacher.
Insurance – Please contact the Health Room if a student does not have health insurance. The state offers low cost health insurance for all children through the age of 18. All information about income is confidential.
Screenings – The following screenings will be performed by the school nurse. If there is any reason a student should not be screened, please notify the Health Room in writing.
· Vision Screening – yearly grades K-5
· Hearing Screening – yearly grades K-3
· Scoliosis Screening – yearly grade 5
· Heights and Weights – yearly grades K-5