Nurse: Lisa ForehandWelcome to the Health OfficePlease contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns my number is 232-2237 ext 6010, or my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health CardsPlease return health cards ASAP. I need this information in order to provide the best care for your student. If your student has a health condition, allergy, or medication, there are specific forms to be completed. The forms are located in the student handbook and also on the website. There is a new physical form for students that are entering school for the first time in NC. Please see me if you have any questions.
Please be sure to bring in the required immunization record for your child.
Any other immunizations required upon registration in Currituck County will be discussed when your child is enrolled.
Please note that all students of Currituck County Schools will need a new “Permission to Administer Medication” form completed by your physician before the school can give any medications. The form has to be signed by the doctor and the parent. This includes, but not limited to, both prescribed and over-the-counter medications.
Medication needs to be in the original bottle or box with the Rx label and any over-the counter medications need to have the student’s name on it, with the proper ordered mg according to the doctors’ orders on the package.
Medication changes require a new doctors’ order. Please bring in a note from the doctor and parents must pick up the old medications if the medication has been discontinued.
Please keep in mind this is a yearly process. Orders or medications forms from the last school year are not kept. The first day of school begins a new year for students as well as nursing records.
The schools and nurses need your updated information as soon as it changes so we can better care for our students.
Consents for administration of medication are available in the school office and the health office. Medications consents are also available on Currituck County Schools website. To avoid delays in administration of medication at school, the consent to administer medication should be provided to the school when the medication is brought to school. When the consent is not completed, the form must be taken to the health care provider for completion or faxed to the provider. Many times there are delays in the return of the consent to the school, which delay administration of medication at school. To void these delays, we suggest that you pick up a form and keep in readily available for any visit to a health care provider.
I encourage you to contact the School Nurse if you have any questions regarding administration of medication at school. I hope this information is helpful. Let's have a safe and healthy school year!
Guidelines for Keeping your Sick Children Home
Each day many parents are faced with a decision: should they keep their sick child at home or send them off to school? Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. Please consider these guidelines for your student:
Colds: Please keep your child at home if he/she has a fever over 100 degrees or is experiencing discomfort that would interfere with his/her ability to perform in school (uncontrollable coughing and lack of energy). If your child has any green nasal discharge that continues throughout the day, or a cough lasting longer than ten days, or is accompanied by fever or chills and is productive of discolored sputum, consult with your doctor.
Conjunctivitis (pink-eye): Following a diagnosis of bacterial conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication has begun. Students with viral infection may return when eyes are clear.
Diarrhea/Vomiting: A child with diarrhea and /or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours.
Fever: The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100°. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).
Rashes: Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to school.
Strep Throat: A child with strep throat may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun. Signs and symptoms of strep throat can include sore throat, fever, redness and swelling of throat, and general not feeling well.
Head lice: Identification of head lice requires treatment and removal of all live lice before a student can return to school and decrease presence of nits on hair. The student also needs to be brought in by the parent after they have been treated; to have their hair checked before they are allowed back in school.
Ringworm/Scabies: Must be treated for 24 hours with medication before they are allowed to come back to school. The school nurse needs to also be notified by the parent.
Chickenpox: Cases must stay home until all lesions are scabbed over, approximately 5 - 7 days.
**A sick child cannot learn effectively and are unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover.
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