The Nurse's Office attends to minor illnesses and injuries that occur at school.
Our main goal is to optimize student health and enhance learning. To learn, you must be present! If your child does not have a fever and is not throwing up, they will not be sent home. However, a parent may be called to bring over-the-counter medication.
ALL STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE A HEALTH HISTORY AND CONSENT FORM turned into the nurse every year. This form can be foundhere
- PLEASE MAKE THE SURE THE SCHOOL HAS CURRENT PHONE NUMBERS. If there are any changes in the emergency contact numbers, please let the school know immediately as that is the only way we have to contact you.
- INJURIES OR HEALTH CONCERNS THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL SHOULD BE TREATED AT HOME OR BY YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. The school nurse cannot diagnose or prescribe treatment. This is the responsibility of your family physician or health care provider.
WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL?
Students should remain at home to prevent the spread of germs or illness to others.
Some examples of when students should stay home are:
- Fever of 100.0 Degrees or Over within the last 24 hours
- Chicken Pox
- Foot And Mouth Disease
- Head Lice
- Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis
- Covid 19
For a full list, please refer to SC DHEC 23-24 Exclusion List
24 Hour Rule-of-Thumb:
Please keep your child home for at least 24 hours if he/she has vomited, had diarrhea, or had a fever greater than 100.0 degrees (without any fever reducing medication such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen). A student must be without a fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has a fever, please do not give them Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or Ibuprofen and then send them to school. This only spreads germs and we will be calling you again to come pick them up from school.
If your child has an allergy, please bring a list of allergies from the doctor. If your child has a FOOD allergy, you must have a doctor's note before any meal substitutions are allowed.
All students must have a current SC DHEC Immunization Certificate of Immunization on file to attend school. For a list of requirements for the 23-24 school year, please refer to SC Immunization Requirements for School 2023-24
MEDICATIONS at SCHOOL
- Medications are to be brought to the school by a parent/guardian. All CONTROLLED medications are counted in the presence of the parent/ guardian and the parent/guardian must sign acknowledging that the count is correct. Medications are not to be sent by students and will not be sent home by students.
- Students will also be required to sign for medications every time they are administered to the student. Any prescription or over-the-counter medication brought to school by the parent must be in its original container and labeled with the student's name.
- Written permission is required from the parent and the doctor prescribing the medication. Over-the-counter medications also require a doctor's order. The school permission for medication form will be completed by the parent and also requires the doctor's signature that prescribed the medication. A copy of the prescription may also be accepted. The permission for medication form can be found here
- The permission for self medication forms can be found here
- When changes are made in medication, dosage, or time, a statement from the prescribing doctor must be provided to the school before this change is made at school.
- The first dose of a medication that a student has not taken before should be given by the parent/guardian at home so that the student can be monitored closely for side effects.
- Medication permission forms and medication orders must be updated at the beginning of each new school year and when changes are made to the student's medication.
- Medications should be picked up by the parent/guardian at the end of the school year. Medications not picked up will be discarded.
School nurses perform mass screening for vision, hearing, dental, BP, and BMI as recommended by DHEC. Please see23-24 DHEC Screening Recommendations for recommended screenings for this school year. If you do not want your student to participate in mass screening, please let the school nurse know. Vision screening will be provided by the Lions Club and there will also be voluntary dental cleaning services provided by Health Promotion Specialists at the school. The link for consent for HPS services can be found here This is separate from the mass dental screening.
Please contact your school nurse for any questions or concerns.