The primary health care of the student is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The School Nurse is responsible for the overall administration of the school’s Health Services Program and to be a support system to this primary care. We are not here to diagnose conditions or prescribe medical treatments.
Being healthy and having positive self-esteem are two important factors in being able to learn. Please be sure your student is well rested and nourished before coming to school each day. Personal hygiene is essential for good health and self-esteem. Students need to be encouraged to be responsible to be clean: body, hair and teeth on a daily basis.
Susan Kramer, RN, BSN
- If your child is not feeling well keep them home.
- Sending a sick child to school only gets the other students sick.
- If your child has had a fever over 99.9 they MUST stay home for 24 hours. They can return when they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
- If your child has vomited they MUST stay home for 24 hours.
- If your child has diarrhea they MUST stay home for 24 hours.
- For example if your child is vomiting at 9:00 PM, they are not to come to school the next day; they need to remain out for a full 24 hours.
- If your child is being tested for strep throat they must remain out of school until the test results are confirmed from the physician’s office. (See handbook).
- Please report any communicable disease (Strep throat, pink eye, head lice, etc.) to the Nurse’s Office immediately so families can be notified. Do not return to school until treatment has occurred or there is documentation that the child is free of communicable disease.
- The single most effective prevention against the spread of germs and disease is hand washing.
- The state mandates vision and hearing screening for all Early Childhood, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th (vision only), 9th, and 11th (hearing only) graders and students new to the district.
- This screening takes place throughout the year. If any problems are identified, parents/guardians will be notified.
- Students should have their corrective lenses with them in school at all times.
- All students in Ohio are required to have up-to-date immunizations documented and on file. Please use the Ohio Department of Health Immunization Report (see forms) or a copy from your physician’s office. The Ohio Revised Code mandates that pupils (age/grade level appropriate) be protected against the following diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis B, varicella, and haemophilus influenzae Type B.
- Updated immunization records are required (aside from initial entry to Laurel) for Kindergarten, 7th and 12th grade.
- Kindergarten- additional vaccines required are the DTaP; Polio and MMR
- Entry to 7th and 8th- a Tdap and a the first dose of Meningococcal
- Entry to 12th – the second dose of Meningococcal
- These immunizations can be obtained from your regular physician. The Shaker Heights Department of Health at 3400 Lee Road offers these immunizations for a fee. Please contact the health department at 216-491-1418 for information or to make an appointment.
- The State of Oho allows immunization exemptions. These exemptions include Religious, Good Cause, and Medical. A written statement is required for documentation. A physician must complete form for Medical Exemption.
- Students will be excluded, but not excused, from school on the 15th day of school if State immunization mandates are not met.
- During the course of an outbreak/or confirmed case of any of the aforementioned vaccines persons who are exempt from or who refuse the said vaccine will need to be excluded from school as directed by the Ohio Department of health. Exclusion maybe as long as 21 days.
- Middle School/Upper School requires a physician letter of diagnosis, physical limitations, and duration of time excuse.
- Lower School requires a parent note for class excuse unless it is a major injury.
- A physician’s note to return to activities is required for any prolonged absence for all divisions ex: after a broken bone or severe sprain.
If your child has specific health needs, please notify the school nurse so that individual accommodations, care plans, emergency action plans, or programs can be arranged. Please complete any needed forms in FinalForms.
Allergies requiring an EpiPen
- Managing your child allergies is taken very seriously.
- A written physician prescription authorization is required to have a prescribed EpiPen at school.
- In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own EpiPen with physician and parent written approval.
- If your child will carry their own EpiPen it is also REQUIRED to have a second EpiPen in the Nurse’s Office.
- If not you are required to keep two EpiPens in the Nurse’s Office.
- This allows us to always have two EpiPens available for your child in case of an emergency.
- If they are carrying it they will need to be responsible and take it to lunch, on field trips and after school activities.
- The EpiPen needs to be in a convenient place easy to find for others if needed for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
- Please obtain the needed written physician’s authorization and complete Serious Allergy Care Plan found in FinalForms.
Respiratory conditions requiring an inhaler
- Managing asthma and respiratory conditions is also taken seriously.
- A written physician prescription authorization is required to have a prescribed inhaler at school.
- In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own inhaler with physician and parent written approval.
- If they will not carry it, an inhaler is required to be kept in the Nurse’s Office.
- Should your child choose to carry their inhaler it needs to be in a convenient place easy to find for others, if needed, for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
- Separate inhalers are needed for school use and athletic use. Inhalers will NOT be sent from the nurse's office to athletic events. The coach must have a separate inhaler.
- Please obtain the needed written physician’s authorization and complete Asthma Management Care Plan found in FInalForms.
- Please contact the school nurse directly