New students: A Health Examination Report (physical), signed by a Kansas physician, is necessary for kindergarteners and students under the age of 9 who are entering Kansas schools for the first time. Children who transfer from other Kansas schools should provide a copy of the entrance exam they provided to their previous school.
Prescriptions: Prescription medications can be given at school with the authorization of a physician and a parent/guardian.
OTC medicine: For students in grades K-5, over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil or cough drops require a parent’s signature and must come in a container that is unopened, labeled as appropriate for age, and unexpired. You may get forms from your school’s Health Room.For grades 6-12, these medications are available in the Health Office but a parent signature is still required on the appropriate form.
For more information, please visit the Medications at School page.
Illness at school: If a child who comes to the office complaining of “illness” does not have a fever, we have them rest for 15 minutes. They are then sent back to class for a trial period. When a student is ill enough to be sent to the health room a second time, we routinely call a parent. Any child with a fever of 100 degrees or above must be sent home. Parents need to sign the student out through the school office. All students seen in the Health Room must bring a pass from their teacher. Occasionally students will have to wait to be seen by Health Room staff while we assess emergencies.
Injuries at school: Injuries are often seen in our office. Injured areas that are nonspecific, mild, or do not exhibit severe symptoms are treated with cold packs, ice packs and rest as needed. More severe injuries are provided care specific to the injury, ex. gel or ice packs, immobilization, neurological examinations, circulation checks, etc. In these cases, parents are notified. We always attempt to notify a parent when a student bumps their head (so that parents know to monitor closely that evening at home).
Please report all communicable diseases, including cases of strep, pink eye, chicken pox, head lice and fifth’s disease to your child's Health Office. If your child is absent from school due to a communicable disease, he/she may be required to have a doctor’s permit to return to class and/or be readmitted by the school nurse.
First aid will be given for minor injuries only. If injuries are serious, the parents/guardians will be contacted, but if we are unable to reach them, the student will be transported to the hospital at the expense of the parents/guardian. If a child becomes ill at school, parents will be called. Please be sure your correct emergency, work and home phone numbers are reported to the school office.
Vision screening: A non-comprehensive vision screening test is provided for new students and students in the following grade levels: Pre-K, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th. Students in other grades may be referred by their teacher, parent/guardian or the nurse. If your child appears to be having a vision problem anytime during the school year, please notify the nurse. Students may be screened more often as indicated by need. All students, even those with known problems, are included in these screenings unless you have provided the health room with a current vision report from your eye doctor. If a vision problem is noted, parents/guardians will be notified.
Hearing screening: A non-comprehensive hearing screening test is provided for new students and students in the following grade levels: Pre-K, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th. Students in other grades may be referred by their teacher, parent/guardian, or the nurse. Students may be screened more often as indicated by need. All students, even those with known problems, are included in these screenings unless you have provided the health room with a current report from your hearing specialist. If a hearing problem is noted, parents/guardians will be notified.
Dental screening: Dental screening is provided for students per state regulations. If your child is taken to the dentist, please return a dental card to the nurse or school secretary.