Staff contact, student medication, illness procedures, and more
Student Health at Oak Hill
Health Information Form
The Health Information Form is to be completed by the parent or guardian at the start of each school year. The completed form is to be returned to the school clinic.
Children who need to take medication during school hours must have a signed Medication Authorization, Release, and Indemnification Form. Prescription medications require the signature of both the parent and the physician. Inhalers and EpiPens require authorization forms.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are drugs that can be purchased without a doctor's prescription and are used for the relief of symptoms on a temporary basis. With parent and physician authorization, OTC medications may be given on an "as needed" basis throughout the school year. Parents may authorize limited use for 10 consecutive days with a completed Medication Authorization Form. Examples include antihistamines for allergic reactions. With parent permission using the Medication Authorization Form, certain OTC medications may be given on an "as needed" basis throughout the school year only as a pain reliever for headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, or orthodontic pain. The medication must be supplied by the parent in its original container. Examples include Tylenol, Advil, Pamprin, and aspirin.
Transport of Medications to and from School
Parents must transport medications to and from school. All medications must be kept in the clinic and taken under adult supervision. Middle school children are not permitted to carry medications, including OTC medications, except for prescription inhalers or EpiPens with the authorization of their parent(s) and physician.
Scheduling Medical Appointments
Please make every effort to schedule appointments outside of school hours. When this is not possible, please send a note to the school on the morning of the appointment stating the time the child will be picked up. Children should bring appointment notes to the attendance secretary before homeroom. The student's name will then be shown on an early dismissal list so teachers will know the student is not cutting class. For safety reasons, parents must sign out children in the office.
Release of Student from School
Only those individuals designated on the Emergency Care Information form will be contacted either to excuse or take your student home. If the clinic contacts you to excuse your student from school, the clinic must have voice contact with the responsible adult to dismiss the student from school grounds. In an emergency, 911 will be called prior to contacting the parent.
When Your Child is Sick
Many parents are frequently concerned about when students should stay home from school because of illness. The following information is intended to help with this decision.
General Recommended Practice
• If a student has had a fever of 100.4 degrees or more, the student should be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school
• If a student has vomited or had diarrhea, the student should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode
• If a student has any rash that may be disease-related or you do not know the cause, check with your family physician before sending the student to school
• If you have any questions regarding the above information please call the school clinic or your family physician
Tips for Keeping Healthy
Hand washing is the single most effective key to preventing the spread of illness. It is important to wash your hands often and correctly. Use warm water and soap and scrub all surfaces of the hand including between the fingers and under nails for at least 20 seconds. This is about the time it takes to recite the alphabet or sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Rinse hands well and dry with a paper towel. Turn the faucet off with the towel after drying hands.
Stop the spread of germs also by “covering your cough”. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough or sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
Avoid close contact with people that are sick, and stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick.
Other good habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, engaging in physical activity, managing stress, drinking water, and eating good food, will help you stay healthy all through the year.
Breakfast is an important part of a student’s school day. Studies have shown that students who eat breakfast:
• have improved attention spans and productivity
• have higher test scores and make fewer mistakes
• have increased energy and improved behavior
• make fewer visits to the health room