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Student Health

MEDICAL SERVICES
Health Services Studies have clearly documented that healthy students perform better in school. Pike Road Schools will have ongoing activities that help prevent the spread of communicable diseases and help our students stay healthy. We encourage you to contact the school nurse with questions to help your child stay healthy. 

Annually, you should inform the PRS Lead Nurse of any medical history/diagnosis as it pertains to your child’s schooling. Please make an appointment with the Lead Nurse every year prior to the first day of school to discuss any significant health information (diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis, catheterization, and daily medications for example) to decide if an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP) is needed.  This plan should be made, agreed upon and signed prior to the beginning of each school year.  This plan is created to inform those who have educational contact with your child about his/her health needs in the day to day, and provides school employees with much needed information in an emergency.   

MEDICAL INJURY OR ILLNESS
If a student becomes ill at school, the teacher will send the student to the school nurse, at which time his/her temperature may be checked and parents notified if necessary. Students are given the option to call home on their own if there is no exclusion criteria, together you and your child can decide if you feel they should come home.  If you check out your child, and they have no exclusion criteria you will need to provide an excuse note for them as per usual protocol. We recommend you encourage your child to remain at school if you know they have a tendency to malinger, if on the other hand your child rarely complains please feel free to keep them at home when ill even if they are not febrile (remember only 10 parent notes are allowed per year).  Small scrapes and cuts will be cleaned and bandaged by the school nurse, and notification about the situation will be made by the lead learner who witnessed the event. 

Students will be required to check out and may not return to school for at least 24 hours for:

  • Vomiting
  • Acute diarrhea
  • Fever of 100 or above without medication (if fever reducers have been used, and the child would be febrile without them, they should stay at home)
  • Suspected contagious infection


Head lice is not specifically a 24 hour exclusion, rather the child will need to remain home until all nits are removed from the hair.  We have adopted this policy due to the likelihood of head to head contact in our specific school setting (we do not sit at individual desks; project work is a team effort, and as such lends itself to working in close proximity to one another).  

In the event of illness/injury to a student, every effort will be made to contact a parent as quickly as possible. It is essential that current phone numbers and contact information be on file with the front office (not just updated with your lead learner) so that parents/guardians can be contacted.

If a serious injury occurs, emergency services will be called and the child will be transported if determined in the best interest of the child. If cost is associated with transporting the child, the parent/guardian will be responsible for this expense.

Medication
The Alabama Board of Nursing, Alabama State Department of Education, and Pike Road Board of Education have strict guidelines regarding medications in the school setting. A School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form must be completed for both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication. These forms must be signed by your doctor and by a parent/guardian; please read the form carefully and completely before returning it to the nurse’s office.  These forms are available on the PRS website, in the main office, and in the school clinic.

Initial drop off and refills of daily medications administered by the school nurse must be brought to the nurse’s office by a parent/guardian during school hours after an appointment has beenmade (no medications will be accepted the first day of school, this should be taken care of prior to the first day of class).  The paper/computer work involved in keeping medication here is extensive, and requires some prep work, please be prepared to provide the name, and dose of the medication while making the appointment. The medication will then be counted by the nurse with the expectation that the parent/guardian will provide a witness signature for all controlled substances.  Learners who have daily medications should under no circumstance bring a refill of medication in their backpack or on their person to be given to the nurse, nor should medication be dropped off without an appointment (no appointments will be made outside of school hours to ensure that the chain of custody for controlled substances is not questionable).  Some of these medications can be misappropriated for profit or abuse. In addition, if one of these medications were accidentally or intentionally shared with another learner it could be deadly. These regulations are in place to protect both the school district and the parent/guardian and to limit the number of people in the chain of custody of these medications.

All prescription medication must have a prescription label with the correct dosage instructions that is not expired (this includes Epi-pens and asthma inhalers). 

OTC medications must be in an unopened container from the manufacture and appropriate for age. For example, do not bring adult Tylenol or Advil to be administered to your elementary learner. The package must have an age-appropriate label.   

No medication of any kind should be carried and/or self-administered by a student without the proper paperwork filled out, and controlled substances will never be allowed as self-carry at PRS.  All controlled substances must be locked under double lock and key for safety.  If a student is approved by a physician to self-carry a medication such as an inhaler, epi pen or insulin, please complete the self-carry contract in the nurse’s office to ensure the child is aware of his/her responsibilities when it comes to having a medication on their person.

Please click on the appropriate form, download, complete and submit as it pertains to your student's health needs: 

Parent Prescriber Authorization for Prescription Medications 

Parent Prescriber Authorization for Over the Counter Medications

Important Flu Information 


Handbook information about medications:

The Alabama Board of Nursing, Alabama State Department of Education, and Pike Road Board of Education have strict guidelines regarding medications in the school setting. A School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form must be completed for both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication. These forms are available above and in the main office, and in the school clinic. 


All prescription medication must have a prescription label with the correct dosage instructions that is not expired (this includes Epi-pens and asthma inhalers).


Over the counter medications must be in an unopened container from the manufacture and appropriate for age. For example, do not bring adult Tylenol or Advil to be administered to your elementary learner. The package must have an age-appropriate label.


No medication of any kind should be carried and/or self-administered by a student without the proper paperwork filled out. If a student is approved by a physician to self-carry a medication, please complete the self-carry contract in the nurse’s office to ensure the child is aware of his/her responsibilities when it comes to having a medication on their person.


Refills of daily medications administered by the school nurse must be brought to the nurse’s office by a parent/guardian during school hours. The medication will then be counted by the nurse with the expectation that the parent/guardian will provide a witness signature.


Learners who have daily medications should under no circumstance bring a refill of medication in their backpack or on their person to be given to the nurse. Some of these medications are controlled substances, and can be misappropriated for profit or abuse. In addition, if one of these medications were accidentally or intentionally shared with another learner it could be deadly.


These regulations are in place to protect both the school district and the parent/guardian and to limit the number of people in the chain of custody of these medications.

 


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