Please provide the school, health office and teacher with up-to-date medical information. It is important for us to know if your child has any medical conditions, such as heart problems, diabetes, epilepsy, seizures, asthma or allergies. It is necessary to provide the school with a doctor’s note advising of a particular medical condition and the medication that a child must take.
If a student is sick with strep throat, a doctor’s note is required stating the student may return to school.
Contagious diseases/infections (e.g. chicken pox, Fifth’s disease, conjunctivitis or pink eye, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, strep, lice or fever of any origin) also require that a child be kept at home. You may call the Health Office directly at 718-357-2704.
Administration of Medication
Any medication to be administered to a student while at school must be given to the health or main office before the start of school. The intent of these procedures is to assure the safe administration of medication for those students who require it.
All medication, including nonprescription drugs, given in school shall be prescribed by a licensed prescriber on an individual basis as determined by the child’s health status. The written order for prescription and nonprescription medication should include:
- Student’s name and date of birth
- Name of medication
- Dosage and route of administration
- Self administration orders—if indicated
- Frequency and time of administration
- For prescription medication (as necessary)—the conditions under which medication should be administered
- Date written
- Prescriber’s name, title and signature
- Prescriber’s phone number
- School should receive written notification from prescriber with ordersas to when medication should be discontinued.
PLEASE NOTE THAT A PHARMACY LABEL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN ORDER AND CANNOT BE USED IN LIEU OF A WRITTEN ORDER FROM A LICENSED PRESCRIBER.
Parents should be advised to ask their pharmacist for 2 properly labeled medical containers – one for home and one for school. Properly labeled medication sent to school must always be accompanied by a written request from a parent for the administration of the medication and the above referenced information from the prescriber. No medication should remain in the student’s possession. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE IN ORIGINAL, PROPERLY LABELED MEDICAL CONTAINERS TO BE ACCEPTED FOR ADMINISTRATION IN SCHOOL.
Carry and self-administered medication – Occasionally, the schools may receive a request from a parent and physician to permit a student to self- administer his/her own medication. Under certain conditions this may be allowed. Such decisions must always be made on an individual basis. The criteria for determining when a student can self-administer medications are:
- Severity of health care problems, particularly asthmatic or allergic conditions.
- Prescriber’s order directing that the student be allowed to carry his/her medication and self-administer.
- Parent statement requesting compliance with prescriber’s order.
- Student has been instructed in the procedure of self-administrationAND can assume responsibility for carrying properly labeledmedication in original container.
- A parent contact or legal guardian to clarify parental responsibilityregarding the monitoring of the child on an ongoing basis/daily basis to insure that the child is carrying and taking the medication as ordered.
Medical Form Requirement
Upon the student’s first day of school, your child will be required to have a medical form completed by their pediatrician. This form will require up to date immunization information. Students entering Kindergarten and 6th grade will be required to submit proof of having received two doses of the varicella vaccinations and 6th graders must also submit proof of Tdap immunization.
Allergies: If your child has an allergy please notify the teacher, the office and the health office.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME:
Chicken Pox: six days after appearance of rash
Pink Eye: while signs of infection are present
Strep Throat: 24 hours after the start of antibiotics; temperature must be normal
Fever: children should not be in school until they are afebrile for 24 hours
Vomiting: 24 hours after
Lice: must be nit free and checked by nurse
Ringworm: must stay home until under treatment; need a doctor’s note
Impetigo: must stay home till signs of infection are gone; need a doctor’s note
ANY Rash: ALL UNDOCUMENTED RASHES ARE SENT HOME; need a doctor’s note
Common Cold: Although colds are excludable, please try to be considerate of your child and the others in his/her class. Children who cannot pick their heads up should not be in school. Children coughing continuously should not be in school.
ANY CHILD WITH A SORE THROAT AND FEVER SHOULD BE TAKEN TO THE DOCTOR FOR A THROAT CULTURE TO RULE OUT STREP THROAT.