Health Services Information

Health Services Information

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Medication Policy

Medications given at school must follow our Medication Policy which is mandated by the State and the Pioneer School Board. The complete Medication Policy can be found online or in your student's handbook.

Unfortunately, medications that do not come according to our policy cannot be given at school.

Over the Counter Medications
  1. In the original container with the child's name
  2. Dated, signed note from parent stating:
    1. drug name
    2. dosage & route (must be according to manufacturer's directions)
    3. time to be given (must be according to manufacturer's directions)
    4. pdf Authorization form available here  or within the stie folder document library.

Prescription Medications

  1. Current, original container
  2. Written authorization from doctor AND parent stating:
    1. drug name
    2. dosage & route
    3. time to be given
    4. duration
    5. a change in dosage requires a new order
    6. a discontinued daily medication requires a new order
    7. pdf Authorization form available here  or within the site folder document library .
  • Substances that are not FDA approved, such as food supplements, will not be given at school
  • Written authorization must be filed each school year
  • Only medications that are essential for a student to attend school will be given at school
  • Inhalers are a prescription medication and treated as such
  • Please try to give medications at home if at all possible. A medication ordered for three times daily, in most cases, can be given before school, after school and at bedtime.

Disposal of Medications
A school corporation may not send home with a student medication that is possessed by a school for administration during school hours or at a school function. Medication may only be released to:
  • The student's parent or
  • An individual who is at least 18 years of age and the parent has granted permission (in writing) for the medication to be released to the student.
If you send medication to school, it is your responsibility to pick it up after your student no longer needs to take it. Periodically, medication that is not picked up and remains in the clinic for a length of time will be destroyed.

Too Sick for School?

When your child isn't feeling well it can be difficult deciding whether to send them to school or keep them home. Here are some simple guidelines to help you make your decision.

Evaluate your child.
  • Look at your child:  Are they pale? Are their cheeks red? Is there no twinkle in their eyes? Are their lips dry and chapped?
  • Check their chest, back, arms, and legs for any rashes.
  • Do they hurt anywhere?
  • Take their temperature
  • Look in their throat:  Bright red? Any white or red spots seen? Drainage present? Tonsils enlarged?
  • Do they have a runny nose or cough?
  • Have they been eating and drinking as usual?
  • Have they been unusually tired?

If your child has any of the following symptoms, they really should NOT be at school.
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher in the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting in the last 24 hours
  • Diarrhea - two or more episodes in the last 24 hours
  • Rashes of the skin or draining lesions
  • Eyes that are red, swollen or draining thick mucous/pus
  • Sore throats with a fever (see useful links)
  • Sore throats with white or red spots present
  • Tonsils larger than normal, red with drainage
  • Head lice needs to be treated (see useful links) & hair checked by nurse before returning to school

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Treating Head Lice

Treating head lice is a 3 step process
  1. Lice killing agent
  2. Nit removal
  3. Environmental clean up

Lice Killing Agent
There are no over-the-counter or prescription treatments that are totally safe and scientifically proven to be 100% effective against head lice and nits.
  • Effective treatment requires at least two treatments 7-10 days apart to assure that both adult lice & eggs are killed by the treatment.  Do NOT treat your child more often than the product recommends.  Olive oil treatments must be used every 4 days for 3 weeks.
  • Ask your pharmacist or physician what product they would recommend.  Some products just target crawling lice while other products target BOTH the crawling lice and their eggs (nits).
  • Follow the product instructions EXACTLY as written.  Do NOT use a crème rinse or combination shampoo/conditioner before using the lice killing product.

Nit Removal

  • The best treatment for removing nits is by hand.
  • Work in a well lit area.  A magnifying glass will help.
  • Separate the hair in sections & fasten off the hair that is not being worked on.
  • Go through each section from the scalp to the end of the hair.  Nits are usually found closer to the scalp.
  • Use your fingers to pull off the nits.  Some use nail clippers & remove individual hairs with attached nits.
  • Move onto the next section until the entire scalp and ALL hair has been checked.
  • Screen the infected person DAILY for 14 days and regularly after that.  Daily screening is VITAL to halt the cycle of head lice!  It allows for detection of anything that may have been missed and for identifying a new infestation as early as possible.

Environmental Clean Up

 

  • Check all family members for lice.
  • Wash clothing & bedding of infected person (including coats, scarves, athletic headgear, dirty clothes, towels, backpacks) in HOT water and HOT dryer.  A HOT dryer for at least 20 minutes is most important!
  • Pillows & stuffed toys can be put in HOT dryer for 20 minutes.
  • Any items that cannot be dried, should be placed in airtight plastic bags for 14 days.
  • Soak hair items (combs, brushes, barrettes) in rubbing alcohol or HOT water for 1 hour.
  • Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum...your floors, rugs, mattresses, couches, car seats.  When done, immediately remove vacuum bag & tie it in plastic bag & take it outside your home.  Do not use fumigant sprays; they may be toxic if used inappropriately.
  • Once you have thoroughly cleaned your environment, focus your time and energy on the infected child's head.
After killing the lice and removing all the nits, your child must be cleared by the nurse to return to school or ride the bus.

Pioneer Regional School Corporation has a No Nit Policy.  This means ALL the lice eggs/nits must be removed from your child's hair.

The No Nit Policy encourages parents to do their part at home with routine screening, early detection, accurate identification, and thorough removal of lice and nits.  It is fair to expect that uninfected children will be safeguarded while infected children will be cared for with sensitivity.

Basic Facts on Head Lice

Three forms of head lice:
  • The egg or nit
  • The nymph  
  • The adult louse

Egg/Nit
They are small, hard to see & about the size of a knot in thread.  Nits are laid by the adult female at a rate of 5-7 per day.  They are glued/firmly attached to the hair shaft within about 1/4" of the scalp.  These nits hatch in 8-9 days.


Nymph
The nit hatches into a baby louse called a nymph.  It looks like an adult louse only much smaller.  To live, the nymph must feed on blood.  They will become adults 9-12 days after hatching.


Adult Louse
The adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed, has six legs, and is tan to greyish-white.  Each adult female will lay 5-7 nits/eggs per day.  Adult lice can live up to 30 days on a person's head.  If a louse falls off a person, it dies within 1-2 days.

Where Are They Found?
Head lice are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears, at the crown, and near the neckline at the back of the neck.

How Did My Child Get Head Lice?
Direct head-to-head contact with an already infected person is the most common way to get head lice.  Children, especially those of elementary age, are most likely to get head lice because of their close contact with each other during play, sports activities, slumber parties, or camps.  Less likely is sharing clothing, hats, hair ribbons or lying on a carpet that has recently been in contact with an infested person.

Homes or schools do not get head lice - people do.  There is no way to know where a child got head lice.  By the time an infestation is found, the child is likely to have had it for awhile.  Head lice have been found on people of all socio-economic levels.  Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.


For More Information
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/lice/factsht_head_lice.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/lice/factsht_head_lice_treating.htm
http://www.headlice.org/index.html

Flu/Influenza Information

WHAT IS THE FLU?
The flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by influenza viruses.  H1N1 (referred to as "swine flu" early on) is a new influenza causing illness in people. Because this virus is "new" it may cause a lot more people to get sick than during a regular flu season.  The flu can be very serious, especially for younger children and children of any age who have one or more chronic medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, heart problems, weakened immune systems and neurological & neuromuscular disorders).

HOW DOES FLU SPREAD?
Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza.  If a person with the influenza virus coughs or sneezes into their hand they will leave those germs on any item they touch (remote controls, door knobs, desks).  When someone else comes along and touches those items, they can become sick by touching their mouth or nose with their own hand.

HOW LONG CAN A SICK PERSON SPREAD THE FLU TO OTHERS?
The influenza virus can be spread 1 day before symptoms occur and up to 5-7 days after the illness.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU?
Symptoms include:  high fever (usually greater than 100.0), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, or vomiting and diarrhea.  Children who are sick should stay home from school.  Please do NOT send your child to school with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY CHILD AGAINST THE FLU?
  • Flu shots
  • Cover your nose & mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Frequent and proper hand washing
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Get plenty of rest

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY CHILD GETS SICK?
Warning!  Do NOT give aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) to children or teenagers who have the flu.  Check ingredient labels on over-the-counter cold and flu medications to see if they contain aspirin.  In children 5 years and older, fevers and aches can be treated with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nupren)

PUSH FLUIDS!


EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention are:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

WHEN CAN MY CHILD GO BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER HAVING THE FLU?
Keep your children home from school for at least 24 hours after their vomiting, diarrhea and fever are gone.  Their fever should be gone without the use of Tylenol or Motrin.

RESOURCES
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/general_info.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/what_to_do_if_you_get_sick.pdf

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