Effingham County Board of Education School Health Services
As your school staff is working with you this year, we need your assistance and cooperation in preparing for the possibility that your child might become ill or injured or need to take medication during school hours. We hope this letter will explain our services.
Health History/Emergency Information
Health history and emergency contact information should be updated annually, and as changes occur, by sending the information to the school or calling the school nurse. When you receive a student health/emergency information form, please update it and return it to the school within the first week of school. We must know what health our students needs to have as soon as school starts. Current, accurate information will enable us to take optimal care of your child.
Medication time schedules should be set so that when possible, medicine is taken at home. However, if medication must be taken at school, the following procedures apply:
1. The parent/legal guardian must complete the Medication Authorization Form. The completed form must accompany the medication, no medication can/will be given without the permission form.
2. The medicine must be in the original container and taken to the nurse’s office/school office for central storage. The pharmacy can provide a duplicate labeled container for school doses. The parent/guardian should take the medication to the school. Under no circumstances should medication be shown or shared with other students. Students are NOT allowed to transport medication. This violates the county drug policy and may result in disciplinary action for the student.
3. At the designated time, the student will go to the clinic/office to the medication. Assistance/supervision will be given per the instructions on the authorization form. Medication is a parental responsibility; school employees will not assume any liability for supervising or assisting in medication administration.
4. Unused medication should be retrieved from the school office/clinic within one week after the medication is discontinued; otherwise, the school will dispose of the medication.
Sick students who are contagious with active symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, cough, rashes, and/or fever must not be sent to school. Students with a fever of 100.2 or above must be excluded from school and should not return until they are fever-free or actively symptom-free for 24 hours without Tylenol or other fever-reducing medications. The school nurse makes every effort to keep students healthy and in school and parents at work. However, if illness or injury is potentially harmful to the student or others, the parent must be able to be contacted and arrange for the student to be taken home.
By working together, we can strive to ensure the health and well-being of every student so that he/she can participate in his educational program and learn to his optimal level. Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse to make this a Happy and Healthy school year together!