Imagine Schools Health Office Procedures/Policy
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All students must receive standard health immunizations for their age. An immunization record is required for the school files for all students.
- 4 DTPs (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
- 3 Polio
- 4 HIB (Haemophilus influenza Type B)
- 1 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- 3 Hepatitis B
- 1 Varicella (chicken pox)n an
Elementary and 6thGrades 1 – 6
- 5 DTPs
- 4 Polio
- 2 MMRs
- 3 Hepatitis B
- 1 Varicella (chicken pox) for grades 3, 4, 5 & 6
- 2 Varicella for KG and grades 1 & 2
Middle School, 7th
- 1 tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
For additional information visit Immunize Florida at http://www.floridahealth.gov/prevention-safety-and-wellness/immunization/ .
When is a child too sick to be at school, or on a school bus? This question will likely present itself during the year; we offer the following guidelines for you to observe for the safety and health of all the children.
Keep your child at home if s/he has:
- Temperature over 100° F in the morning. A child may not return to school until s/he has been free of fever for 24 hours, without a fever reducer (Tylenol or aspirin).
- Rashes that you cannot identify, or have not been diagnosed by a physician. If your child has been sent home with an unidentified rash, he/she may not return to school without a doctor’s note stating he/she is not contagious.
- Impetigo of the skin. Impetigo starts as red pimples. These eventually become small vesicles surrounded by a reddened area. When the blister breaks, the surface is raw and weeping. The lesions occur in moist areas of the body such as the creases of the neck, groin, the underarm, the face, hands or edge of diaper.
- Pink Eye a contagious bacterial, viral, or allergic condition characterized by tearing, irritation, inflammation of the lining of eyelids or covering of eye, swollen eyelids, and crusting or discharge in one or both eyes.
- Diarrhea, watery or greenish bowel movements that look different from and are much more frequent than usual. We must send children with diarrhea home, to prevent contagion and maintain sanitary conditions.
- Severe sore throat.
- Severe cold and fever, sneezing, cough and/or nose drainage.
- With contagious diseases, a child must be kept home. Some of these are measles (red or German), chicken pox, mumps, and roseola.
- If your child seems really sick without obvious symptoms, please keep him/her at home. In this case, a child may look and act different. He/she may be unusually pale, irritable, tired, or uninterested.
If your doctor places your child on an antibiotic, the child may not be brought in until s/he has had medication for at least 24 hours.
You will be called to come and take your child home if s/he becomes sick during the day. By helping us observe good health standards, you will be protecting your child and the others at Imagine School at Palmer Ranch. We appreciate your cooperation.
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch has two certified Health Aides on campus. You will be contacted if your child has a health problem that needs your immediate attention. Otherwise, children will remain in the clinic, checked periodically, and when ready they will be sent back to the classroom. If you are contacted and requested to pick up your child due to illness, it is imperative that the student be picked up as soon as possible. Please do not send your child back to school until the child is completely well and has been free of fever for 24 hours.
If there is an emergency, IT IS URGENT THAT WE HAVE ACCURATE PHONE NUMBERS WHERE WE MAY CONTACT YOU OR THE EMERGENCY CONTACTS listed on your Emergency Card. The Emergency Card contains vital pieces of information that we must have completely filled out and returned to us. Please contact the Health Room and the front office if any information on the Emergency Card changes during the school year.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
The policy on medication administration by school personnel is very specific. Thank you in advance for your compliance with these rules. Before school personnel can administer any medicine at school, the following criteria must be met:
School personnel can only administer FDA approved medications that have been ordered by a physician, INCLUDING over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Motrin. The physician’s order for medicines taken on a regular schedule must include the dose, how the medicine is to be administered, and the specific time of day that the dose is due. The physician’s order for medicines taken on an “as needed” basis must include the dose, how the medicine is to be administered, the reason for giving the medicine and the frequency between “as needed” dosages.
Parental consent is needed on every medicine that is ordered by the physician. The parent will sign a medication authorization form on each medication ordered by the physician. This form is available in the Health Room as well as in all Sarasota County physicians’ offices.
All medications must be brought to the school by the parent/guardian. AT NO TIME IS A STUDENT ALLOWED TO CARRY MEDICINES TO AND FROM SCHOOL. If the parent/guardian cannot deliver the medicines himself, special arrangements must be made authorizing another adult to transport the medications to or from school. All medicines will be counted in the Health Room in front of the parent/guardian, and both adults will sign the medicine count.
All medicines purchased by prescription will have the prescription labels that match exactly the doctor’s order. All medicines purchased “over-the-counter” will be delivered in original, UNOPENED packages and with the child’s name on it. Physician orders and parental consents are valid for one entire school year, beginning in the fall and ending on the last day of school.
Please note, school officials are only permitted to wash an injury with soap and water and apply a non-medicated bandage. If we feel your child’s injury requires more attention, you will be notified immediately.
It is the parent’s responsibility to keep emergency numbers correct, up to date and filed with the Imagine School at Palmer Ranch office.
When students become ill at school, every effort shall be made to notify parents, guardians, or an emergency contact person. An accurate emergency information card must be on file in the main office. Students will be released to persons on the emergency card ONLY unless otherwise notified by the parent in writing.
It is imperative that Imagine School at Palmer Ranch have a current telephone number where parents may be reached at any time during school hours. The school must be immediately notified as changes occur. An emergency number must be on file in the school office.
Medical Reasons to be Excused From PE
Physical Education, an important part of the school curriculum, is concerned not only with students’ physical development, but also with their mental, emotional, and social development. Excuses from participation in Physical Education for medical reasons will be granted upon a physician’s request. Be sure the physician lists the types of activities the student can, or cannot, take part in and how long the medical condition will last.