St. Luke's school nurse is a registered nurse who provides health services to students and employees during the school day and promotes the goal of helping each child develop to his/her fullest potential in all aspects of Christian life in a healthy and safe environment. The school nurse provides nursing care for injuries and illnesses which occur during clinic hours. She provides care and develops Health Care Plans for the management of illnesses such as diabetes, allergic reactions, asthma, seizures and other health conditions. She administers prescribed and over the counter medication to students during clinic hours. Health Screenings of vision, hearing and scoliosis are performed by the nurse and students are referred for evaluation if needed. The nurse reviews and maintains Health and Immunization records and implements school policies to comply with the established state health laws. The school nurse serves as a liaison health professional between the students, teachers, parents, administration and health care providers.
STUDENT EMERGENCY CARDS
Every student must have a completed Health/Emergency Card and parental consent completed by the beginning of a new school year. Please keep the nurse informed of any change of a health condition, medication, or contact information during the school year. When an illness or injury occurs immediate medical attention will be given and a parent/guardian will be contacted as soon as possible. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, another authorized person on the Emergency Card will be contacted. If no one can be reached, necessary first aid/emergency care will be obtained for the health and well being of the student, complying with the parental authorization on the Emergency/Health Card. When students become ill at school parents must pick up their child within 1 hour of notification. If the parent is unable to pick up their child, another authorized person on the Emergency card will be called.
In order to prevent the spread of illness, students who have any of the following symptoms within 24 hours should not return to school:
- Fever > 100.0
- Excessive Coughing or Nasal drainage
Students presenting with these symptoms during the school day will be asked to go home and should not return to school until free of these symptoms for 24 hours. Students who have been treated for communicable conditions (i.e., strep throat, pink eye, chickenpox, lice) require a physician?s note to be given to the nurse prior to returning to class. St. Luke's has a Communicable Disease Policy and reserves the right to require a certificate of examination.
Students with fractured/broken bones or sports injuries are required to have a signed physician's letter for clearance to participate in PE, recess and after school sports. A student will not be able to participate in physical activities without this clearance. The letter is to be given to the nurse who will notify teachers and coaches of restrictions and clearance.
A Physicians signature is required for ALL Medications - PRESCRIPTION & OVER THE COUNTER MEDS (Tylenol, Advil, Cold/Cough Meds, Tums, Cough Drops, Medicated Creams) to be administered at school. Medication authorization forms are valid for one school year and expire on the last day of school. All medications will be received and stored in the clinic by the school nurse. Preschool will receive medications in the 2-3yr. building and will be administered by trained delegated staff members. Parents must deliver medications to the school nurse in the original containers with proper labeling and student's name. Students are not permitted to deliver or carry medications at school. Parents are expected to retrieve all medications by the last day of school. Any medications not picked up will be disposed of by the school nurse. Students requiring medications during Extended School Care hours must pre-arrange with the nurse for dispensing of meds by the ESC staff. The first dose of any new medication may not be administered at school. A student's parent/guardian may administer medication to their OWN child during school hours in the health clinic. The list of Medication forms at the top of page are located under Health Clinic on Edline and can be printed for your physician to sign.
Any child entering preschool or school (K-12) must have a completed Florida Certification of Immunization Form (DH680) with proof of Immunization or Exemption.
The following are required Immunizations for K-12:
- 5 doses of diphtheria, tetnus, and pertussis vaccine (DpaT)
- 4 doses of polio vaccine (IPV)
- **Effective 2011-2012 School year for Kindergarten ? a 5th dose of poliovirus vaccine is required if the 4th dose was given prior to the 4th birthday.
- 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR)
- 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B)
- 2 doses of varicella vaccine (beginning with 2008 school year) or documented case of chicken pox
Students entering 7th grade are required to complete the following:
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, pertusssis vaccine (Td or Tdap)
** Effective January 2011 Florida Shots website allows healthcare providers to issue parents PINS to access their child's new or updated DH680 form for Immunizations. The electronic form may be printed on white paper rather than the blue form. Please contact your physician for the PIN numbers. Website: www.flshots.com **
Every parent/guardian has the right to decide on whether or not to immunize their child. If you do not have your child immunized with the above State of Florida required Immunizations, the state requires that you file a medical or religious exemption form with the school. These forms can be obtained at your county health department.
For further information about State of Florida immunization requirements, refer to www.doh.state.fl.us/disease
For more information, contact your County Health Department or private physician.