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     Welcome to the Health Office

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    THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN IN A FEW WEEKS
    THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL NURSES HAS CREATED A BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST FOR FAMILIES

    For All Parents/Caregivers

    • Make sure required and recommended immunizations are up-to-date.

    • Review hygiene tips to prevent the spread of infections.

    • Establish a bedtime and wake-up time to ensure adequate and consistent sleep.

    • Develop a routine for homework and after-school activities.

    • Eat breakfast each day at home or at school.

    • Help make appropriate clothing choices, e.g., wear comfortable and safe shoes.

    • Keep an open line of communication with your child to ensure that he/she remains safe at school. If a concern arises, e.g., bullying, contact the appropriate school officials immediately.

    • Get involved! Sign up for the parent organization (PTA/PTO), school Wellness Committee, and mark events such as back-to-school night and parent/teacher meetings on your calendar.

    • Ask about the school or district’s wellness policy, e.g., how are nutrition, activity, stress and/or mental health concerns addressed?

    • Know the specialized instructional support personnel available to your child including the school nurse and school

    • Know your school’s policy regarding when to keep a sick child home.

    If Your Student Has a Health Concern

    • Make your child’s health concern known to the school and school nurse.

    • Bring current, signed healthcare provider orders for treatments and all medications to be given at school. Bring the medication in the original pharmacy container.

    • Together with the school nurse and other appropriate school officials, develop an individualized healthcare plan or other educational plan as needed, e.g., 504 and IEP.

    • Give permission for the school nurse to communicate with your family’s healthcare provider.

    • Provide parent/caregiver contact information and update the school with any changes.

    • Ask if non-nurses will be providing care and how these authorized individuals will be supervised, e.g., verify who will administer medication.

    • Confirm the school’s disaster and/or emergency plan. Make sure your child’s medication and/or medical devices, e.g., epinephrine auto-injectors, asthma inhalers, and insulin, will be readily available in an emergency.

    • Let the school know how important it is to have a full-time registered school nurse in the building all day, every day.

    • Introduce yourself and your child to the school nurse. Your school nurse is

     

     © 2017 National Association of School Nurses