Notes from the Nurse
HandWashing - Proper Technique
SCHOOL NURSE-INJURIES AND ILLNESS
School nurses are available in the West Fargo school system on a part time basis. They make regularly scheduled visits to each building. They will assess students related to accidents, injuries or illness. They will contact parents as appropriate. When students become ill at school, parents will be notified and be required to remove their child within 30 minutes. If you are unable to come to the school to pick up your sick child, please make arrangements for another adult to pick up your child as soon as possible. Please do not ask the school to allow a sick child to walk home, as we are concerned for their safety and welfare. Please do not sent a sick child to school to be assessed by the nurse. If your child has an elevated temperature, rash, diarrhea or is vomiting at home DO NOT send to your child to school.
Children with the following symptoms SHOULD NOT be sent to school and/or school activities:
- Thermometer indicates a temperature of 100 degrees or more
- Undiagnosed rash or sores
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
- Contagious infection diagnosed by health care provider
Students may not return to school until:
- Their temperature has remained below 100 degrees for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducer like Tylenol or Motrin.
- There has been no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of OTC (over the counter) medications.
- When a student has been diagnosed with a contagious infection and was given a prescription medication, the student may not return to school until they have taken the medication for a full 24 hours and their temperature has remained below 100 degrees for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
Head lice are spread mostly by direct head-to-head contact with an already infested person. Contact is common during play, slumber parties, bed-sharing and sport activities. Head lice can also be spread by indirect contact, which may include sharing personal items such as combs, brushes, bedding, scarves, clothing, and hats. The key to bringing this problem under control is early detection and careful treatment. Each parent should examine their child on a regular basis for evidence of head lice.
The West Fargo School District has a procedure that is followed each time we become aware of a case of head lice. As you can imagine, it is not possible for the school to weekly screen each student for the presence of head lice. However, it is possible and wise for parents to check their children for evidence of head lice regularly all year long.
It is our practice in West Fargo Public Schools to remove students from school until such a time that they are nit (egg) free. The child’s parents will be required to remove the child from school immediately and will be given written information on the proper treatment of head lice. Students will be re-admitted to school only if there are no nits found with exam and the school nurse has judged the treatment effective. Routine classroom screening WILL NOT be done and classroom letters will NOT be sent out.
MEDICATION DISPENSING TO STUDENTS:
Prescription and OTC (over the counter) medication administration forms must be filled out and signed by parents/guardians (all forms) and have physician signatures (prescription medications) or medications will NOT be given. Please feel free to contact your school nurse regarding medication administration during school hours. Forms are available on the WFPS website under the Families tab.
Guidelines related to medication administration:
- Medication must be in the original pharmacy container and be labeled with the student’s name.
- Medication forms need to be updated every year.
- Medication forms also need to be updated when the student has a medication dosage change or the time for administration has changed.
- Parents/Guardian will need to deliver the medication to the school, NOT the student. This is for the safety of all students. DO NOT SEND ANY MEDICATIONS ON THE BUS WITH YOUR CHILD.
- Medication will NOT be sent home with the student but ONLY with the parent/guardian.
- If medications are not picked up by the parent within one week after school year dismissal it will be destroyed.
- Medications should be FDA approved or if necessary the nurse can consult with the health care provider to determine if medication is necessary for the current care of the student.
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