School Health Office
Physical Exams – In accordance with the State of CT requirements, all 6th grade students must have a complete physical. This physical must be performed after July 1, 2013 and be submitted to the Health Office by February 15, 2014. The results of this physical must be recorded on the blue State of CT Health Assessment Record form and all “starred” (*) items must be completed by the physician. This form is available on the Region 15 website. This physical may be used to meet the sports physical requirements as long as the physician has checked off the box indicating that the student may participate fully in physical education activities. If a student qualifies for a free lunch, a free physical will be provided by the school physician or his/her designee. Students who do not qualify for a free lunch, but who need the names of clinics that determine charges on a sliding scale or have a deferred payment plan, may call the health office to obtain this information. Questions or concerns should be directed to Mrs. Robinson in the Health Office at 203-758-1912.
First Aid - The Health Office is supervised by a registered nurse and is equipped to provide emergency care for injuries and illness which occur in school. If further care or treatment is required, the parents will be notified and should provide immediate transportation.
Emergency Information Forms - Students are given emergency information forms at the beginning of each school year. It is important that these cards be filled out completely, returned promptly and updated with changes as they occur. Two adult emergency contacts should be listed other than the parents. These contacts should be readily accessible and able to pick up a student in your absence. If any change in information occurs during the school year, please notify the school nurse immediately.
Exclusion From P.E. - Parents may exclude a student from physical education for two days. Longer exclusions from P.E. require a doctor’s note. All notes should be brought to the Health Office.
Health Records - A cumulative health record is maintained in a secure location in the Health Office for each student. Access to these records is limited to the school nurse. The school nurse provides pertinent information to appropriate school personnel.
Illness - Children who are ill or show signs of becoming ill should not be sent to school. Your child cannot perform his or her best when ill and we do not want to spread those germs to others. Parents and students frequently have questions about when it is appropriate to stay home from school because of illness. Please follow these guidelines:
- If your child has had a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours.
- If your child has vomited or had diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
- If a student is placed on antibiotics, he or she should stay at home until 24 hours after taking the first dose.
- If having your child at school would significantly put others at risk for contracting your child’s illness.
- If you child feels ill enough that he/she would not be able to benefit from being at school.
If your student will not be attending school due to illness, please contact the attendance office (or attendance answering machine) at 203-758-1912 as soon as you make the decision to keep them home.
Illness during the school day - All students who become ill at school and request to go home must report first to the Nurse's Office before leaving school. Students will be allowed to contact parents from the Nurse's Office. The emergency contact(s) will be contacted if we feel your child needs to go home and we are unable to reach a parent/guardian. If a child becomes ill at school, parents will be notified and should provide immediate transportation.
Long-term Illness - If a student is absent for medical reasons for three or more weeks, homebound tutoring may be arranged through the district. Please contact the school administration for help in this matter.
Immunization - Immunizations must be current for all students. Students will be excluded from school if their immunizations are not current.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON TUBERCULOSIS POLICY –
- Students entering the region from outside of the United States must have a TB screening with the results interpreted and documented by their physician’s office PRIOR to entering Region 15.
- Additional TB screening may be required by the school medical advisor and/or school nurse under the following circumstances:
- If a student has traveled to a high risk country, stayed for at least a week with substantial contact with a high risk population.
- If a student has had substantial contact with someone from a high risk country.
- If a student has had contact with someone suspected to have TB.
- If a student has had contact with anyone who has been in a homeless shelter, jail, prison, uses illegal drugs, or has HIV infection.
If you will be traveling on vacation to any of the areas listed below, this policy must be adhered to. Please contact the Health Office with any questions. This will require 2-3 additional absent days for your child/children. High Risk Countries noted by State: All countries in Africa, countries from the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Medications - Medications may only be administered in school with the written order of a physician or dentist, and written authorization of the parent/guardian. Doctor’s orders are needed for all medications, including over-the-counter medications. Medications must be brought to the school nurse by the parent or other responsible adult and must be in the original container. Students are not permitted to transport or carry medication with them during the school day. However, some students may carry and self-administer Epi-pens and asthma inhalers with written orders from both their physician and parents, as well as permission from the school nurse. Please call the nurse to make arrangements for this. New medication orders must be written for every school year. When students need medication during field trips or other activities that take place off the school grounds and/or outside the hours of the regular school day, the parent/guardian must contact the school nurse two weeks in advance to make arrangements.
Screenings - The school nurse (or her designee) conducts screenings of vision, hearing, and posture. Referral letters will be sent to parents/guardians of students who fail the screening according to state guidelines. Vision screenings are conducted annually in grades K through 6 and grade 9. Audiometric screenings are conducted in grades 1,2,3,5,6 and 8. Postural screenings are conducted in grades 5 through 9 inclusive.