Saint John Academy Nurse’s FAQ

IS MY CHILD TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL?

Chickenpox: school exclusion for seven days or until vesicles become dry.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Students may not attend if discharge is present
and must be treated with medication. A note from the doctor is required to
return to school.

Head Lice: Student must be louse free and have been treated. Prior to
returning to classroom, the child must be checked by the school nurse.
Some shampoos require second application. Ask your doctor about the new
product Natroba, which is a onetime application of a suspension to scalp
with good results.

Bacterial infections (ex. strep throat): Child must be on antibiotics for
24 hours and has been fever free for twenty-four hours (without fever
reduction medication) before returning to school. A temperature of 100.4
or above is considered a fever.

Vomiting, diarrhea and /or fever: May not return to school unless the
student has not vomited for twenty-four hours, has not had diarrhea for
twenty-four hours and has not had a fever for twenty-four hours (without
fever reduction medication).

CAN MY CHILD TAKE PRESCRIPTION OR PAIN MEDICINE AT SCHOOL?

Yes, your child may be given over the counter medication and prescription medication only if the following requirements are met:

Prescription: There is a signed medication administration form completed by your physician and parent for a medication.

Over-the-counter: Must have a signed medical administration form signed by the parent for a medication.

The school cannot provide the medication; the medication must be brought to the clinic in the original box by the parent or an adult. If it is a prescription, the label must be attached to the bottle or medication. It MAY NOT be brought to school by the child.

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SEVERE ALLERGIES, SUCH AS PEANUTS?

We have an allergy action plan and authorization form that needs to be filled out by the parent and the physician. If it is necessary, an epi-pen and/or Benadryl will be kept in the clinic. Also, we provide allergy reaction information to the class and the teachers. Students are not to share their lunch or snack with others in consideration for those with severe food allergies.

Students with food allergies should provide their own snacks for special parties to be stored in a covered container and kept in the classroom.

MY CHILD HAS ASTHMA; CAN HE CARRY HIS INHALER WITH HIM?

We have an asthma action form that needs to be filled out by a doctor and signed by both the parent and doctor. We do not encourage children to carry their inhalers with them. We would prefer to keep them in the clinic. However, if your child is that severe that a doctor has filled out the form stating he must carry an inhaler with him at all times, it will be permitted.

WHICH OVER THE COUNTER REMEDIES ARE PROHIBITED IN BACKPACKS?

Your child is not allowed to bring cough drops, or other winter remedies to school to self medicate. If your child is having a problem and needs an item to make them comfortable (comfortable children learn better), please fill out the medication forms completely, sign it, and bring the item and form to school. We have strict childcare regulations we must follow that prohibit self medication. Cough drops are discouraged due to choking hazards, though can be given with parent signature on medication form.

WHAT MEDICAL FORMS DO I NEED TO BRING FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR?

Kindergarten, rising 6th graders and new students
Health Entrance Form filled out at annual physical appointment with required mmunizations documented
Rising 6th graders need documentation of Tdap Booster
Permission for Emergency Care Form
Any applicable allergy, asthma or medication forms.

Returning students
Health History Update
Permission for Emergency Care Form
Any applicable allergy, asthma or medication forms.

For those who choose not to vaccinate for religious reasons, you must complete and notarize a Religious Exemption form.