The ability to learn at school is directly related to the status of a student’s health. Identification of health-related barriers to learning is crucial to the provision of an appropriate educational plan for every student. The school nurse serves as the health advocate for all school children focusing on the promotion of healthful living styles and the prevention of illness and disability. The Catholic School nurse also nurtures and guides the spiritual development of these students.
The school health room is set up to give first aid to the sick and injured, do screenings, give necessary medications, and care for students with chronic health problems.
As required by Kansas law, all kindergarten students will need a school entry physical completed by a Kansas physician within 12 months prior to the first day of school. New students under the age of 9 years, who are attending a Kansas school for the first time, also require a physical. Documentation of the physical must be provided to the school prior to attending. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the student being excluded from school until compliance is achieved.
Immunization requirements and recommendations for the school year are based on the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) recommendations and the consensus of the Governor’s Child Health Advisory Committee Immunizations Workgroup.
K.A.R. 28-1-20 defines immunizations required for any individual who attends school or early childhood programs operated by a school.
Efforts by schools have been central to the success of public health efforts in eliminating vaccine preventable diseases and protecting their students and families. All students must have current immunizations on file. Non-compliance with immunization guidelines will result in exclusion from classes. A new medical exemption form (Form B) must be submitted yearly for those students being medically exempt from certain immunizations.
Students who are ill should never be sent to school. Students with temperatures at or above 100 degrees will be sent home. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications before returning to class. Ill students need to be picked up from school quickly in order to prevent the spread of disease to others. If parent/guardian is unavailable, the emergency contact will be notified. Please keep phone number information current with the school office. Parents are responsible for notifying the school office before 8:00 a.m. if their child will be absent or late.
All student medication, including over-the-counter drugs, must be administered through the nurse’s office under the supervision of the school nurse.
The initial dose of medication must be given by the parent/guardian to determine if the student will have an adverse reaction. It is the parent’s responsibility to supply the medication and assure that the medication is the same as identified on the label. Students are responsible for remembering to take their medication.
A completed form, either form 317-T, 317-U, or a Kansas Asthma Action Plan form, must be filled out for each medication the student will be taking at school.(including over-the-counter drugs—examples: Tylenol, Aspirin, Neosporin, cough drops). These forms must be signed by a doctor or dentist requesting that medication be given during school hours. These forms must accompany all medications and include the following: name of student, name of medication, reason for medication, dosage amount, and time to be given at school. This form will also need to be signed by the parent requesting to give medication at school. The medication must come in an official prescription container or the original over-the-counter packaging. A new medication form must be completed yearly, even if it’s the same medication from the prior year.
Vision—vision screenings are provided for all students during the first year after their admission and not less than once every 2 years thereafter. This screening is performed by the school nurse or other qualified person. Screening will be done for grades, K, 2,4,6,8, all new students, and students who failed the screening the previous year.
Hearing—hearing screenings are provided for all students during the first year after their admission and not less than once every 3 years thereafter. All hearing screenings are performed by the school nurse. Screenings will be done for grades, K, 1,3,5,7, all new students, and students who failed the screening the previous year.
Dental—dental inspections are performed annually on all students unless the parent/guardian chooses to opt-out. Dental screenings are performed by several dentists in the parish.