Scoliosis Screening will be performed on 6th and 8th grade students by the school nurse beginning after February break.
Helpful School Attendance Tips
A letter from your School Nurse Teacher – Winter 2016
Your School Nurse Teacher has come up with some helpful guidelines that help you to know whether your child should stay home from school; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests answering these three quick questions:
So when should I keep them home? A general guide is helpful, although when in question, or if your child has not seen his/her doctor, please call your SCHOOL NURSE.
Fever is the body's way of destroying the germs making it sick, and it's a common symptom of infections such as flu. Keep your children home if their temperature is 101° F or higher. Wait until children are fever-free without Tylenol or Motrin before letting them return to school.
Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect to medications like antibiotics. Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay. Make sure your sick child stays well-hydrated.
Vomiting is another way for the body to rid itself of the germs making it sick, and is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. Keep children home if they've vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours. They can return to school after symptoms clear up or your doctor says they're no longer contagious.
Mild cold or respiratory symptoms are no reason to keep children at home so long as their nasal drainage is clear and their cough is mild. Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies. If the cough is mild, you may send in cough drops with a note to the nurse. If they have an inhaler, a doctor’s order must accompany the inhaler to school.
- Does your child have a fever?
- Is your child well enough to engage in class?
- Do you think your child is contagious (such as pinkeye or strep throat)
Goals and Procedures
Administer first aid, medications & treatments to middle school students
Teach prevention & therapeutic aspects of health on a 1:1 basis on the middle school level
Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team in assessing & planning for students
Maintain confidential records in accordance with the RI regulations
School Nurse Policies & Procedures:
During the school day a School Nurse Teacher is on duty in the clinic located on the main level of the building. When a student has an illness and requests to see the nurse, the teacher must fill out a clinic pass.
- All ill students should be seen by the School Nurse first prior to contacting parents for pick up.
- Any person picking up a student must present a photo ID.
- No student is to be sent home due to illness without first contacting a parent or guardian for permission.
- Students may only be sent home by the School Nurse Teacher or a school administrator or authorized school staff.
- The School Nurse teacher is to make teachers aware of any pertinent student medical problems at the beginning of the school year and at each new quarter. Teachers are asked to work with the nurse in providing these services to students.
- No medication will be administrated by the School Nurse Teacher unless the appropriate documentation is on file in the nurse's office.
- Students requiring medication during field trips must have the field trip policy signed by parents or guardian on file in the nurses' office. Medication must be supplied by parents in a pharmacy labeled container.
Scoliosis Screening Opt Out Form
Dental and Oral HealthcareOral health exams, oral health education, and sealants are all available for children in Rhode Island in 1st through 3rd grade through the SEAL RI program. Sealants are clear plastic coatings that are put on the teeth of children to keep their teeth healthy. Sealants and other oral health services are provideed at no cost at many elementary schools. Children do not need health insurance to take advantage of these services. Vaccine InformationWebsite recommended by the Departmetn of Health