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WELCOME TO THE NEW 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Just a few reminders and healthful hints from the from the school nurse!
Please complete all information forms carefully and completely. Please provide correct cell phone numbers, additional contact names, and phone numbers on a separate sheet of paper if needed. Please provide all appropriate health information pertaining to your child. Information will be shared with staff members in order to safely care for your child. Be sure to include all information such as diabetes, asthma, seizures, severe allergies, as well as well as any medication information.
In the event your child needs to take prescription medications while at school, please be sure to have the “Request for Administration of Medication by Medication by School Personnel” form completed by the childʼs parents. Forms are available with the nurse or at the front office.
ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE PRESCRIBED BY PHYSICIAN AND SENT IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER and not over the counter medication. Please do not send any kind of medication in student's backpack such as Tylenol, Motrin, nasal spray, or cough drops.
Immunization: State law and District policy require written proof of every student's immunization status. Any student who does not meet the minimum state-required immunizations or exemptions within the first 14 days of school attendance will be excluded.
Requesting an Exemption for Reasons of Conscience
To claim an exclusion for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the child's parent, legal guardian, or a student 18 years of age or older must present to the school or child-care facility a completed, signed and notarized affidavit on a form provided by the department stating that the child's parent, legal guardian, or the student declines vaccinations for reasons of conscience, including because of the person's religious beliefs.
The form must be submitted to the school or child-care facility within 90 days from the date it is notarized. The affidavit will be valid for a two-year period from the date of notarization. A child or student who has not received the required immunizations for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs, may be excluded from school in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of the department.
Any student with a temperature of 100° or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, pinkeye,or signs and symptoms of a possible communicable disease, will be sent home. Please keep students home until they remain fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication and free of vomiting or diarrhea symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school. All children with suspicious rashes must be excluded from school until the rash has been determined non contagious by a doctor. Students who appear to need stitches, x-rays, or extended observation for an illness or injury will be sent home for possible medical evaluation. If your child appears to have a life-threatening or serious illness-injury, the emergency squad will be called. Every effort will be made to notify you of this necessity, so please be sure all phone numbers and health care information on the emergency card are kept current. In the event the school is unable to reach a parent/legal guardian when a student is ill or injured, the clinic will contact those persons so designated by the parent/legal guardian on the studentʼs emergency medical form. Only those designated individuals on the card will be permitted to pick up or release the student from school. Also, if parents will be out of town for an extended stay, they need to provide the school, in writing, with the name(s) and phone numbers of those individuals responsible for the studentʼs care in their absence.
Please make sure your child has extra change of clothes at all times in the classrooms in case of an accident. We advice that they wear pants/shorts with elastic waistband and no belts. Tennis shoes at all times, no boots, no sandals. Just a reminder we are not allowed to help children with their bathroom needs or help them change. It is very important that your child knows how to change on their own in case of an accident.
All students in Pre K 4, Kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and seventh grades will have the vision and hearing screenings as well as students who are new to the district this year. Sixth grade students will have their backs screened for scoliosis. If there is an abnormal finding, parents will be notified by letter. Please contact the school nurse if you have any concerns regarding your child and the screening process.
As your child's nurse I am here daily. If for any reason I have to be out, your child will be well taken care of by our wonderful office staff. In case of an emergency parents will be notified right away. However, I can always be reached at school via telephone 956-969-0044, Class Dojo or by email at email@example.com
Ms. Olivia Ortiz