When it is necessary for your child to receive a prescription medication during school hours, the medicine must be in its original container and a form must be completed by the prescribing physician. These forms are available at the local clinics and the school offices. Tylenol or OTC medication will be administered with written parental permission only. It must be in the original container with written instructions as to the dose and time of administration. The nurse or delegated personnel will give all medication in the health office.
We will NOT, however, give any OTC medication beyond the recommended dosage of the manufacturer without a physician's order. Also, any aspirin or other products not recommended for children under 12 will not be given without a written doctor's authorization.
Inhalers and Epi-Pens:
If your child is capable of and has been instructed in the proper method of self-administration of either of these medications, they may be permitted to carry with them at all times. We will, however, need a form completed by the prescribing physician and a parental release. The school principal and I will need to review and accept any of these requests.
Information on Lice:
Please notify the health office if your child was recently treated or are absent due to head lice. We confidentially track this information and will send notices out to a classroom. Also, there is plenty of misinformation on the Internet, through friends/neighbors/relatives, so oftentimes; we discuss options for treatment with parents. We have been noticing families over-treating and/or misusing pesticide treatments. We have pesticide-free information as well. Lice are very small, tan-colored insects (less than 1/8" long) which live on human heads. They live and lay their eggs, called nits, close to the scalp. The nits are tiny (about the size of the eye of a needle) and gray, white, or brownish in color. Lice are spread by direct person-to-person contact and by sharing personal items (combs, brushes, hats, jackets, blankets, pillowcases, etc...). Lice do not jump or fly; they crawl and can fall off the head. They do not live longer than 48 hours off the head. They only lay their eggs while on the head. Nits that hatch, after they have fallen off the head, will die quickly without a blood meal. Lice do not spread to or from pets.
Please call the health office with any questions regarding lice and/or its treatment.