Health Room Information

ILLNESSnurse

Crosswell Elementary is privileged to have a full-time nurse on duty at the school to administer medications and first aid. However, please do not send a child to school if he has any of the following:

1. Severe sore throat

2. Vomiting

3. Severe cough

4. Severe headache

5. Pink eye

6. Any sign of contagious disease

7. Fever (You can view the full SCDHEC School Exclusion list for diseases by clicking HERE. You can also find additional health information for children at the CDC website.)

Absences due to illness are excused absences. Please send a note to your child's teacher giving the reason for the absence when your child returns to school. If you take your child to the doctor, or if you contact your doctor by phone for medical assistance, please ask him for a written medical excuse.

In case of illness, please ask your doctor when it would be safe for your child to return to school. No child will be penalized academically for absence due to illness, but work missed for excused absences will be expected to be made up in a reasonable length of time after returning to school.

If your child gets sick or injured at school, the school nurse or other school personnel will call you.

HEAD LICE

When a student is determined to have head lice, the parent will be contacted to pick up the student from school. The student may not return to school until he/she is treated with a special shampoo made to kill head lice. Nits (lice eggs) should be removed from the hair to prevent a re-occurrence of the lice. In addition, a second shampoo treatment in seven days will be necessary. Parents should be aware that household items such as beds, linens, upholstered furniture, carpet, toys, clothing, hats, hairbrushes, and combs can be infested with head lice and will need to be cleaned to ensure extermination of the lice.

Upon return to school, the student will be checked for live lice/nits before the student is permitted to return to the classroom. Students with live lice or nits will NOT be allowed to return to class. If a child leaves during the day with head lice, it is expected that they will be treated and returned to school that same day, if possible.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

If a student is required to take medication during school hours and the parents cannot be at school to administer the medication, only the school nurse or an employee designated by the principal will administer the medication in compliance with the regulations that follow:

1. Written instructions signed by parent, guardian, or physician (needed for prescription medication) will be required and will include:

a. student's name

b. name of medication

c. times to be administered

d. dosage

e. possible side effects (if significant), and

f. termination date for administering the medication

2. The parents or student must assume responsibility for informing the school nurse of any change in the student's health or change in medication.

3. The school district under exceptional circumstance retains the discretion to reject requests for administration of medicine.

4. Any medicine administered under this policy will be kept in the health room or in a place designated by the principal.

5. A copy of the regulation will be provided to parents upon their request for administration of medication in the schools.

6. A separate medication permit is required for each medicine.

No medicine will be given without the written permission signed by a parent. This includes over the counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cough and allergy medicine. Please note: No aspirin products or products containing codeine are given at school at any time for any reason. You may pick up copies of the permission form in the office. Medicines to be taken while on field trips must be the single dose in the original container and include the signed medical section on the field trip permission slip. This field trip medicine must be given to the teacher by the parent. The nurse cannot handle field trip medications.