SCHOOL NURSE HEALTH SERVICES
Welcome to the School Nurse Health Service for the New Fairfield Public Schools. The school nurse health services provide for ongoing monitoring of student health issues to facilitate student achievement and school attendance. The school nurse services work to promote student health and safety, and to manage health problems as directed by your child’s physician in order for students to participate in all school activities. To that end we have developed the following guidelines outlining the protocols practiced in the health office. These guidelines address the most common occurrences. The school nurses are always available for consultation as necessary.
The use of specific necessary medications during school allows children to remain in school and participate in school functions. The following guidelines reflect the policy of the school district and safe medical practice.
All prescription medications require a signed physician’s order and signed parental permission. Medication will not be administered without this form.
All prescription medications must be in the original pharmacy bottle. Medication must be delivered to school by a parent or responsible adult. Students may not carry medication unless it is medically indicated by a physician.
Over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, benadryl, and tums will be administered by the nurse only with a signed permission slip from the parent or guardian. Any other over the counter medication will be administered only if it is brought to the health office in the original packaging with a signed permission slip and a physician’s note.
All medication orders expire at the end of the school year, and any remaining meds must be picked up or they will be discarded.
A new medication order and permission slip is required for each new school year.
WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN BE KEPT AT HOME?
As the parent, you make the judgment whether or not to send your child to school. Children who are ill cannot learn; they risk exposure to additional germs, and they expose others to their illness.
Children should stay at home for the following reasons:
- A communicable disease,
- Fever of 100’ or more in the last 24 hours. Students need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school,
- Vomiting/diarrhea within the last 24 hours,
- Pain that requires the use of narcotic medication,
- Any upper respiratory illness with significant coughing and/or nasal discharge.
The school should be called when a child is kept at home and the reason for the absence should be stated.
ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
The school environment is an excellent medium for the rapid spread of illness.
Children assessed in the health office with the following symptoms will be dismissed:
- Temp or 100' or more
- Suspected or confirmed communicable, contagious disease
- Other symptoms upon discussion with parent
RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER AN ABSENCE
Children may return to school after an absence when:
- They have been on an antibiotic for 24 hours,
- No vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours,
- Fever free for 24 hours,
- All chicken pox lesions have crusted over and evaluated by school nurse,
- Head assessment by the school nurse after head lice treatment,
- A note from your physician is required if your child has been absent for 3 or more consecutive school days.
WHEN TO CALL THE SCHOOL NURSE
The school nurse should be notified when there is a change in a student’s health status as it may impact their ability to attend in class.
The following changes should be considered:
- New medication or changes in medication,
- New medical diagnosis or change in health status,
- Serious illness or hospitalization, including an Emergency room visit within 24 hours
- Fracture, sprain, cast, or sutures,
- Confirmed diagnosis of a contagious disease such as flu, strep throat, head lice, chicken pox, or pertussis (whooping cough),
- Changes in the family that may impact a student at school.
A complete physical and updated immunization record is required by CT State Law for all incoming kindergarten students, 6th and 10th graders, in addition to any student transferring in from another school district. These physicals and updated immunizations must be completed on the State of Connecticut blue health assessment form.
All students who participate in any of the school sports programs must have a completed sports physical. Sports physicals are valid for 13 months; students may not attend any try outs or practices without a valid completed physical.
If a student is injured and requires the use of the elevator, an elevator key will be provided. The student must have a medical note requesting the use of the elevator and there is a $10.00 accountability fee charged if the key is not returned to the nurse.
If a student receives a serious injury at school, or becomes ill and in the nurse’s assessment requires immediate medical care, 911 will be called. Parents will be called and notified of the transport. The safety and well being of the student is foremost; all efforts will be made to provide the safest and appropriate immediate care.
If at any time you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, you can call the school nurse who will address these concerns with full confidentiality. The school health office numbers are:
Consolidated School 312 5953
Meeting House Hill School 312 5912
NF Middle School 312 5890
NF High School 312 5823
It is hoped that these guidelines will assist you to partner with our nursing staff in making the right choices regarding your child’s attendance in school. At any time, please feel free to call the nurse in your child’s school and she will assist you. Thank you.