|Jessie Smith, School Nurse
Suzanne Ahlberg, School Nurse
School brings many wonderful things! We all come together & share in learning & growing. Along with all the positive sharing, we share lots of germs, viruses, & bacteria that constantly challenge our immune system. High stress levels & increased physical demands of work & sports are additional stressors that reduce our ability to stay well & we then find ourselves getting sick. We can minimize the spread of illness by following a few simple rules to stay healthy.
Back to School Health Tips
Eat breakfast every day.
Get plenty of rest.
Wash your hands frequently & use hand sanitizers when soap & water are not available.
Cover your coughs & sneezes. Sneeze into your sleeve.
Do not drink from other people's beverage containers.
If you feel ill in school, see the nurse.
Please stay home when you are ill. Fever over 100.5 & vomiting require you to stay home from school for 24 hours after they have stopped.
If everyone follows the rules we can all stay well! Please contact the school nurse if you have questions & concerns or if your health status changes during the school year.
Two school nurses are assigned to serve the entire school district. In addition to handling various health and accident emergencies, the school nurses are responsible for carrying out health related programs required by the state of Kansas.
Policy on the Giving of Medications at School
- The public school shall not provide or administer any over the counter medication to students. Deciding whether any drug is needed is a form of diagnosis, and dispensing medication is a form of treatment. Unauthorized administration of unprescribed medications shall not be practiced by any school personnel including school nurses. These medications may be given if accompanied by a physician’s order and written parental permission.
- In certain explained circumstances where medication is necessary in order for the student to remain in school, the school will cooperate but we must have a written order from the physician for the administering of the medication. Parental consent for medication administration must also be on file.
K.S.A. 72-5209. Health test and inoculations’ certification of completion required, alternatives; duties of school boards:
(a) In each school year, every pupil enrolling or enrolled in any school for the first time in this state, and each child enrolled for the first time in a preschool or day care program operated by a school, and such other pupils as may be designated by the secretary, prior to admission to and attendance at school, shall present to the appropriate school board certification from a physician or local health department that the pupil has received such test and inoculations as are deemed necessary by the secretary by such means as are approved by the secretary. Pupils who have not completed the required inoculations may enroll or remain enrolled while completing the required inoculations if a physician or local health department certifies that the pupil has received the most recent appropriate inoculations in all required series. Failure to timely complete all required series shall be deemed non-compliance.
(b)As an alternative to the certification required under subsection (a), a pupil shall present:
(1) An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the test or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child, or
(2) A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such test or inoculations.
(c) On or before May 15th of each school year, the school board of every school affected by this act shall notify the parents or guardians of all known pupils who are enrolled or who will be enrolling in the school of the provisions of this act and of any
(d) If a pupil transfers from one school to another, the school from which the pupil transfers shall forward with the pupil’s transcript the certification or statement showing evidence of compliance with the requirements of this act to the school to which the pupil transfers.
K.S.A. 72-5214 Subject to the provisions of subsection (d) and subsection (g), on and after July 1, 1994, every pupil up to the age of nine years who has not previously enrolled in any school in this state, prior to admission to and attendance in school, shall present to the appropriate school board the results of a health assessment, pursuant to subsection (g), which assessment shall have been conducted within 12 months of school entry by a nurse who has completed the department of health and environment training and certification, by a physician or by a person acting under the direction of a physician.
A vision screening is provided for each student during the year in which the student is in grades pre-K-K-1-2-3-5-7 and 10. Screenings will also be conducted as necessary on new enrollments and other students as requested throughout the school year. Notification of screening results will be sent to parents during the school year. Screening results are documents for each student.
A hearing screening is provided for each student during the year in which the student is in grades pre-K-K-3-6-9 and 12. Screenings will also be conducted as necessary on new enrollments and other students as requested throughout the school year. Notifications of screening results will be sent to parents during the school year. Screening results are documents for each student.
Responsibility of Parents
Parents, guardians, or other persons having custody of any child or children, shall not permit such child or children to attend school if afflicted with or exposed to any infectious, contagious or communicable disease that requires exclusion under the State Board of Health regulation.
It is the parental responsibility to consult a physician concerning a child’s illness, and to keep at home any child having cough, sore throat, fever, skin eruption, and any other signs of illness.
The following information is from the Classroom Handbook of Communicable Diseases published by the Kansas State Department of Health.
Exclusion From School
No person afflicted with an infectious or contagious disease dangerous to the public health shall be admitted into any public, parochial or private school or licensed childcare facility. It shall be the duty of the parent or guardian, and the principal or other person in charge of any public, parochial, private school or licensed child care facility to exclude ant child or person affected with a disease suspected of being infectious or contagious until the expiration of the prescribed period of isolation or quarantine for the particular infectious or contagious disease. If the attending person is licensed to practice medicine and surgery or local health officer finds upon examination that the person affected with a disease, suspected of being infectious or contagious is not suffering from an infectious or contagious disease, he or she may submit a certificate to this effect to the public, parochial, private school licensed child care facility and such person shall be readmitted to school or to the child care facility. (KSA 65-122)