School Health Guidelines

  • OPTIONS students are encouraged in becoming independent adults. Any nursing requirements will be discussed at the IEP meeting and a determination will be made to best meet the needs of addressing any medication or medical needs.

    HEALTH SERVICES AND MEDICAL RECORDS  

    HEALTH MONITORING 

    All students must comply with board-approved health and safety plans during pandemics and the policy of health examinations and health services. A student may request an alternative method of health monitoring as a religious accommodations, and designated staff member. And staff shall assess and respond to request according to state and local guidance. Requests that would impair safety will not be granted.  

    Students with health conditions that may render a monitoring method ineffective should notify a designated staff member. Students exhibiting symptoms indicating health concerns shall be referred to the school nurse or designated staff member.  

     

    Full-time nursing staff in the district buildings are available to administer prescribed medications, monitor the health of each student, perform routine procedures, and handle emergencies. To ensure the safety of your child and all other students please follow the guidelines listed below:

    • All medication sent to school must be in a labeled container from the pharmacy. The child’s name, the doctor’s name, the medication name and required dosage, and specific times for administration of the medication must be on the container. Do not send medications in unmarked bottles, baggies, or other unidentifiable containers. (Refer to the Permission for Administration of Medication in the Parent Packet).
    • Parents must complete and sign the permission form for administration of medication.
    • A signed doctor’s order is required for the medication.
    • Please keep school staff informed about any medication changes, hospitalizations, unusual seizure activity, medical procedures, and other important health information that may have implications for the child’s participation in the school program.
    • Any student returning from a lengthy absence or a significant medical procedure should return with a doctor’s note/discharge summary that addresses activity and dietary limitations, lists specific instructions for the nursing staff, and identifies any potential problem areas or warning signs.
    • Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, diarrhea, or any type of contagious illness should not be sent to school and must stay home at least one day (24 hours) after symptoms have ceased.
    • If a student arrives at school with the symptoms above or if a student becomes ill during the school day, parents will be contacted to pick up the student.
    • Immunizations must be completed and verified by the school nurse.
    • The following over the counter products may be given by the school nurse if there is a signed emergency card:
      Anbesol, antiseptic, calamine lotion, hydrogen peroxide, Tylenol, Vaseline, sting swabs, ammonia inhalants, Betadine, and Cepacol lozenges.
    • Each student must have a completed registration/emergency card. To keep information current, new registration/emergency cards are sent home to parents each September. Please contact the school whenever there is a change in the information on your registration/emergency card. Prompt action in an emergency depends upon our having correct information.

    Immunization Requirements

    For attendance in all grades:

    • 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
    • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (4th dose on or after 4th birthday)
    • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella (preferably given as MMR)
    • 3 doses of Hepatitis B
    • 2 doses of Varicella or chicken pox by history of disease

    For attendance in 7th grade:

    • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) on the first day of 7th grade
    • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) on the first day of 7th grade

    For attendance in 12th grade:

    • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) on the first day of 12th grade (if one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the 12th grade dose)

    STUDENT WELFARE 

     Each employee is responsible to ensure that students are supervised by a teacher or other staff member while engaged in Intermediate Unit programs or activities including arrivals, departures, restrooms,  and community- based instruction activities. 

    Teachers and designated staff shall provide proper instruction in and enforcement of safety rules and procedures included in the Board-approved health and safety plan and assigned curriculum.  

    Employees may not send students on any personal errands. Employees may not transport students in a personal vehicle, except when specifically authorized by the building administrator, program supervisor or designee.