East Maine School District 63

Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world

Health Office Procedures and Protocols

Important
For the protection of our school community, it is necessary to keep your child out of school for at least 24 hours after a fever (without the use of medication) or an episode of vomiting or diarrhea. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school healthy!

School Absences and Attendance Calls
Parents are required to inform the school as soon as it is determined that the child will not be attending on any given day. This call should be made the night before when possible. Parents must report to the attendance line the child’s name, grade, room, and reason for absence for each day s/he is not in school.

Children should bring a physician's note for return to school after any serious injury, accident, illness, hospitalization, rashes, infectious diseases, or eye infections.
 
Phone calls will be made to parents of students who are marked absent and for whom we have not received a call. Sick children should stay home until they have recovered and are no longer contagious.

If Your Child Needs to be Sent Home from School for Illness or Injury
You will be contacted by the school nurse if your child has been injured or is ill and may need further medical attention. Persons listed on your emergency contact list have permission to pick up students in the absence of a parent.

Activity Restrictions
Students may have a written parent request to be excused from any activity for three days, given a reasonable request. After that time, a written note from a physician will be required. Children who have casts, splints, or stitches may not participate in physical educational activities or recess. Written clearance from a physician must be provided to return to these activities. Students who cannot participate in gym will also be restricted from participating in recess.

Homebound Students
Children who have had an injury or illness that will result in an absence of 10 or more consecutive days should contact the School Nurse for information regarding homebound tutoring.

Medications at School
Parents and guardians have the primary responsibility for administering medications to their children. If it is necessary for a child to take medication during school hours, an Authorization for School Medication Authorization Form should be filled out by both the parent and the physician. Administration of medications at school will be given at the discretion of the School Nurse.
  • All medications will have written physician/APN orders whether prescription or over the counter.
  • If the dosage or time changes a new order will be required.
  • These orders will include name of the student, time, dosage, and diagnosis, benefits of the medication, side effects, and emergency contact number for the physician or APN.
  • Written permission from the parent or guardian.
  • A School Medication Authorization Form must be filled out and returned to your local health office. 

Medications and Containers
  • Medication containers must be properly labeled by the pharmacy or the physician with the child’s name, physicians name, name of the medication, dosage, and time to be given.
  • Parents MUST BRING all medications and supplies to and from school.
  • Medications will be stored in a locked cabinet at school.
  • School Nurse will record and document administration/ self-administration of Medication.
  • Administration of emergency medication will be accompanied by a 911 call.
  • Emergency medications may include medications for seizures, anaphylactic reactions, diabetic hypoglycemia, and acute respiratory distress.
  • Children who have parent permission and doctors’ orders for an inhaler may carry asthma rescue inhalers on their person. No other medications may be carried by students unless they are diabetic and then only on an individual basis with doctors’ orders. Children who carry inhalers may come to the nurse's office for monitoring after inhaler use.
  • We do not allow cough drops at school because they are a choking hazard. If you child is coughing enough to require a cough drop they should stay home and recover from their illness.
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