Health Policies

School Clinic

The Sts. Joseph and John School clinic is staffed with a school nurse and an health aide. The school nurse is available in the clinic for screenings and special situations. The school health aide staffs the clinic daily between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If an accident occurs, first aid will be administered and parents will be notified. If a child becomes too ill to remain in school, parents will be contacted. For this reason, it is critical that the school has a telephone number where a parent or guardian can be reached. An alternate emergency contact person must also be listed. Please do not send children back to school until they have fully recovered from an illness and are able to go outdoors for recess.

Medications/Immunizations

State law prohibits us from administering any kind of medication to any student without a written request from the Physician stating the name of the drug, dosage, and time(s) to be given (this includes aspirin). Also, signed permission from the parent/guardian must accompany all medication before it may be administered. Medications taken in school must be taken in the presence of the school Health Aid. All medications, prescription or non-prescription, such as, Tylenol, Advil, Dimetapp, etc. must be in the original container.

All students must be current on their immunizations to be admitted to school. Please see the immunization form found in the school registration packet. Or the immunization form may be downloaded from this site or obtained in the school office.

Dentist & Doctor Appointments

Please try to schedule appointments for dental or medical care outside of school hours. If you are unable to do so, we will excuse the student during the school day. A handwritten signed note must be sent to the school on the day of the appointment. The parent must pick up the student in the school office.

Illness

Please keep your child home if there is evidence of sore throat, fever, nausea, rash, swollen glands, eye infections, etc.

General guidelines for Return from Illness

Condition When to Return
Conjunctivitis 24 hours after treatment is started
Cough Cough no longer persistent with thick/constant nasal drainage
Diarrhea 24 hours after last episode without the use of medication
Fever 24 hours after fever free
Head Lice After head is treated and is nit-free
Impetigo 24 hrs. after treatment starts – sores must be covered
Ring Worm 24 hrs. after treatment starts – sores must be covered
Strep Throat 24 hrs. after treatment starts and fever-free
Vomiting 24 hrs. after last episode without use of medicine.