Health

Mission Statement

Good health is fundamental for effective learning and a successful academic performance. School nurses are here to promote and advocate for each student to be able to reach their optimal level of physical, mental and social wellness.

School Nurses

The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning. School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development, promote health and safety, and intervene with actual and potential illness or injuries. The school nurse provides case management services while actively collaborating with the Ramaz faculty and staff to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.

Medical and Emergency Forms

Medical forms must be submitted by all incoming as well as returning students every year before your child will be allowed into class.

Make sure to submit the following forms to the Health Office prior to the start of the school year:

  • 2014-2015 Student Medical Form
  • Authorization for Dispensing Medication
  • Asthma Action Plan
  • Allergy Form

Follow the link at the right to download these forms.

Allergies

Parents of students with severe allergies must complete the separate form, Protocol for Students with Life-Threatening Allergies, and return it to the Health Office prior to the start of school.

Information concerning your child’s allergy/asthma will help prevent a reaction and aid, if necessary, in prompt treatment. Epi-Pens are located strategically throughout the building, and faculty and staff are trained in their use. Please feel free to contact the school nurse regarding the Food Allergy Policy.

Medications (OTC)

Students may not carry any medication with them; parents/guardians must bring the medication to the nurse directly.

The school nurse is allowed to administer over-the-counter (OTC) medications that are approved by the parents on each child’s medical form. The school supplies a number of OTC medications for administration by the school nurse in case of illness or injury at school. These medications include Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Tums (antacid), and Diphenhydramine/Antihistamine.

If needed for the course of an illness, cough drops or throat lozenges are available in the health office. If you send lozenges from home you must send along a note to the teachers and the nurse, to inform us that your child may self-administer the cough drops or lozenges at school.

Prescription Medication

If your child needs prescription medication or over-the-counter medication not available in the health office, a Medication Administration Form must be completed and signed by the medical provider and parent.  (Form name above in bold should link rigtht to the form)

  • Medications to be given in school must be in the original container, labeled with the child’s name and the dosage of the medication. Most pharmacies are willing to prepare an extra bottle to be used at school.
  • Any request of a medication change must be accompanied by a medical provider prescription.
  • Send only medications which absolutely must be given during school hours. Try to space medication doses to avoid school hours whenever possible.
  • Students who have a medical condition, such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, ect., that requires the use of an inhaler, insulin, or antihistamines should keep an extra supply of the medication in the nurse’s office in the original prescription container from the pharmacy.

When To Keep Your Child Home

Please check your child for signs of illness before sending him/her to school. To prevent the spread of germs, it is advisable to keep your child home from school if he/she shows any of the following symptoms:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • unusual skin rash
  • fever over 100 degrees
  • persistent cough
  • chills
  • severe headache or migraine
  • bad night sleep
  • redness and discharge from eyes
  • severe sore throat
  • any unusual abdominal or other pain

A child who is ill will not be able to learn, may infect other children and will not be happy. It is within the nurses’ discretion to send a sick or injured child home.

Please do not send your child to the school nurse with a known illness or injury and request that the nurse examine him/her and prescribe treatment. Only a physician can diagnose and treat illness and injuries.

Doctors' Notes

If your child is absent for three or more consecutive days you must turn in a doctor’s note. This is especially important if the child was diagnosed with a communicable disease. A doctor’s excuse is also needed if your child cannot participate in physical education class or any other required school activities due to injury or illness.

Head Lice

Head lice are a common problem among school-age children that should not cause undue anxiety. They are not a source of disease, nor a sign of uncleanliness. We encourage parents to frequently check their children’s heads for the presence of lice or nits. While the school does provide checks during the school year, parents should insure that their child’s hair is checked for lice and nits upon returning home from summer camp and trips.

Any student who has lice in their hair is not allowed in school until receiving treatment. Following treatment the student will be allowed back in school if his/her hair is free of lice upon re-inspection. We require the removal of nits to decrease diagnostic confusion and the possibility of reinfestation. Please notify the nurse immediately in case your child has head lice. The nurse will privately check those students with reported cases, and siblings and close contacts in school, before allowing them to return to class.

Health Alerts

The nurse will notify parents if there is a student in a child's class with a communicable medical condition. Information describing the condition will be made available.

Working With Your School Nurse

Health experts recommend getting to know your child’s school nurse, especially if your child has a chronic condition, such as asthma or diabetes. Even if your child doesn’t have a medical condition, it’s a good idea to drop by and introduce yourself.

  • Keep your child up to date on her/his immunization schedule. Make sure your child has all the appropriate shots and boosters for her/his age, and give a copy of those records to the school nurse each year.
  • Join forces with the nurse in promoting good health in the school by keeping your child home when he/she is sick. In addition, notify the nurse if your child develops a contagious medical condition such as pink eye or strep throat. Information describing the symptoms of the contagious condition will be made available to other parents.
  • Keep her informed. Alert the school nurse to any health and medical issues your child has, such as allergies, vision or hearing problems, etc., and any accommodations that need to be made for him/her. If your child has an ongoing condition, it is a good idea to meet periodically to update medical information.
  • Please notify the nurse if there is a change in the medical status of your child during the school year, e.g. an injury, a newly diagnosed condition, or specially prescribed medication. The student’s doctor should send a note of explanation with any recommendations to the nurse.
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