General Illness or Injury:
Chronic Allergies and Illnesses:
A child with a chronic illness or allergy may have a life-threatening reaction while at school or during a school event or field trip requiring an immediate response to save the child’s life. Therefore it is the intent of the Health Office to ensure that an individual student treatment plan and appropriate rescue medication be readily available so that we can provide a safe environment for your child. Parents can obtain additional information at www.leg.state.vt.us to view legislation including “H.748 An Act Relating to Permitting Students to Possess and Self –Administer Emergency Medication” and “158 An Act Relating to Life-Threatening Chronic Allergies and Illnesses in Schools.” In accordance with this legislation, we are required to have Action Plans from your child’s physician/medical home. The Action Plans can be found on our on line Links.
Requests to go home ill once a student is at school:
ü Excessive tiredness
ü Productive coughing, sneezing
ü Headache, body aches, earache
ü Sore throat
ü Pain requiring medication to control
ü They have a fever (ear drum temperature of 100.4 or above)
ü They have been witnessed vomiting
A student will be excused home by Health Office staff if they have an eardrum temperature of 100.4 degrees, which is considered a “fever” by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). In addition a student will need to be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. Streptococcal bacteria are highly contagious. Students on antibiotic therapy may return to school when they are no longer contagious, 24 hours after beginning treatment.
Every year, some students get sick with the seasonal Flu during the fall and winter months. Symptoms can include: fever, chills, sore throat, cough, headache and body aches (sometimes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.) Flu can spread from person to person. The CDC recommends that individuals with influenza like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Some action steps for parents/guardians to protect your child and family from the Flu include:
ü washing your hands well and often
ü avoiding shaking hands with anyone who has a cold or the flu
ü avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes
ü covering your cough by coughing into the inside of your elbow or into a tissue
ü don’t share water bottles, utensils, cups etc with others
ü You can also disinfect hard surfaces in your home such as door knobs, phones, and counters.
ü Stay home if you or your child is sick.
Parents/guardians will be notified when head lice have been identified on their child.
The Vermont Department of Health and the Department of Education do not support the practice of exclusion (nit free, no nit) policies or practices. The Vermont School Board model lice policy has been updated to reflect these recommendations and it is available at HYPERLINK "http://www.vtvsba.org/policy/F17.htm" . Further information on head lice can be obtained at HYPERLINK "http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/lice/headlice.aspx" . and by calling our local Vermont Department of Health office in Morrisville at 888-7447.
The parent or guardian is notified as soon as possible after the emergency occurs.
the emergency is life threatening or we are unable to reach you,
Over-the-counter and prescription medications are kept in the Health Office and dispensed by Health Office staff. Students are not allowed to carry medications unless we have received written permission from their physician to do so in the current school year.
Over-the-counter medications must be age appropriate and will be dispensed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. We dispense ibuprofen, acetaminophen, Benadryl for allergic reactions only, and antacids. If you want your child to take any other over-the-counter medications while at school, we need your written permission along with the medication in the original container with your child’s name written on it. Should your child’s medical provider recommend a dosage or frequency that exceeds the manufacturer’s recommended dose, a physician order is required.
Written orders from a physician or health care provider detailing the name of the student, the drug, the dosage, route and time to be dispensed and/or schedule with the physician name and signature must be received by the health office before any prescription medication can be given. Prescription medications must be in an appropriately labeled pharmacy container. Your pharmacy will provide a second labeled bottle to you upon your request. All prescription medication must be brought to school by an adult and kept in the Health Office during school hours. For safety reasons, students should not bring medicine to school on the bus. Please notify health office personnel should your child need to take prescription medication at school. A student’s first dose of any medication that they have not taken before should occur at home. Narcotic medications will not be dispensed at school. A Prescription Medication Form can be found in our on-line Links.
Student Health Screens:
All seventh, ninth, and 12th grade students will be scheduled for health screening. Students will undergo eye testing as part of this screening process. If testing is initially found to be abnormal, the student will be re-screened to verify results. If after a second screening the student still has not passed testing, parents will receive a letter providing them with their child’s specific results.
For entry into the seventh grade, or if your child is newly enrolling in our school, the following immunizations are required:
ü DTap booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
ü Varicella (chicken pox) – (2) doses; or proof of immunity; or history of disease (see attached Vermont Department of Health Documentation of Varicella (Chickenpox Disease form.
For more information on the Vermont Recommended Child and Teen Vaccination Schedule contact the Vermont Department of Health Immunization Program at (802) 863-7638 or toll free in VT (800)-640-4374 or visit their website: HealthVermont.gov