HEALTH ROOM

Health Aide:  Renee Katada

School Contact Number:  974-4866

The health room is located in A building, at the top of the stairs.  The health room is open from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  The main function of the health aide is to provide first aid and emergency care to the school-aged population, The health aide serves as the initial detector and screens all health problems under the supervision and training of the Public Health Nurse and school principal.  The health aide also provides care and services to enhance the health of the school population so as to maximize their educational opportunities.

 

Student Care services involves first aide care of illness/injury and the administration of medication in school.  Medication should be given at home as much as possible.  No medication will be stored in the health room or administered (given) by the Health Aide and/or authorized D.O.E. personnel without the completion of the "Request for Administration/ Storage of Medication" form (PHN/SH 36) (click link for PDF file) by the child’s physician.  This form is also available in the health room during the school year. 

 

The health aide also follows up on identified health problems with appropriate persons and may provide health instruction as needed with students.  The health aide is responsible for the review and maintenance of the student health records (Form 14).  The health aide will work with the parents and teachers to update student health information and immunizations according to procedures.  If your child needs assistance with any type of health issue, please do not hesitate to inform the health aide of any specific health concerns or allergies.  This information can be written on the back of the emergency card or you can call 974-4866.  Don’t forget to complete the front and back of the emergency card.

 

Below is a quick review of when your child should stay home from school.  These are guidelines the Dept. of Health provides.

Your child should be kept home from school if he/she has any one of more of the following conditions:

  • Fever 100 degrees or above by mouth is a warning that all is not right with the body.  Please keep your child at home and encourage fluids and rest.

  • Cold

  • Sore throat.  If your child complains of sore throat and has no other symptoms, he/she MAY come to school.  However, consult your doctor if the sore throat continues more than 3 or 4 days.

  • Coughing (excessive)

  • Runny nose with green and/or yellow mucus.  A child with a hacking cough and/or runny nose with green/yellow mucus belongs in bed whether he/she has fever or not.

  • Stomachache.  Consult with your doctor if your child has a stomachache, that is severe enough to restrict his/her usual activity.

  • Vomiting.  If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until he/she can keep food down.

  • Diarrhea.  A child who has diarrhea should be kept home.  Call doctor if symptom continues for more than 24 hours or if they continue to worsen after onset.

  • Pain 

  • Toothache.  Contact your dentist immediately.

  • Earache/draining ear.  Your child should be seen by the doctor immediately.

  • Headache.  A child with a headache may be sent to school if he/she has no other symptoms and the pain is not persistent.  If it continues for 24 hours or gets worse, consult your doctor.

  • Rash.  A rash may be the first sign of one of the many childhood diseases such as chicken pox, measles, or scarlet fever.  Many diseases that cause a rash are contagious.  A rash or "spots" may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area.  A doctor should be consulted if there are any questions about the rash.

  • Seizure.  Consult your doctor if your child is having more than the usual number of seizures or if they change in character or length.  Complete emergency action plan.

CHILDREN ARE KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN KEPT HOME FROM SCHOOL FOR REASONS OTHER THAN ILLNESS.  UNNECESSARY ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL MAY AFFECT YOUR CHILDS EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS.  HOWEVER, CHILDREN HAVE ALSO BEEN SENT TO SCHOOL WHEN THEY ARE TOO ILL TO FUNCTION IN CLASS.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER:

  • Sick children belong at home.  Well children belong in school.

  • A doctor’s note is needed for 5 or more consecutive absences due to medically related causes. However, a doctor notes will be accepted for any absent days.

  • A return to school note is needed after being diagnosed with a contagious infection from your doctor.

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