The district employs a certified school nurse with two full-time clinic nurses to provide school nursing services. The school has little space for accommodating students who become ill during the school day. It is absolutely essential that parents make sure that arrangements are made and communicated to the school in the event that a student is too sick to remain at school. Students will be sent home if any of the following symptoms are present (as described in the Child Day Care Communicable Disease Chart):
- Fever of 100 degrees or over or a lower temperature accompanied with complaints of headache, stomach ache, or diarrhea.
- Nausea and/or vomiting.
- Skin rash not seen by a doctor.
- Excessive coughing.
- Reddened eyes not seen by a doctor.
The following recommended guidelines should be observed:
- Keep your child at home when ill. Children cannot learn at full capacity if ill and most illnesses are of shorter duration if recognized and treated early.
- Colds, fever, rash, reddened eyes, or other signs may indicate a communicable disease. These should be checked by a physician before sending the child to school.
- If your child has a high fever and/or vomiting, allow 24 hours of normal temperature and no vomiting/diarrhea before sending the child back to school. Certain effects of illness remain after the temperature is normal.
- Report all cases of chicken pox, head lice, and contagious diseases to the school.
- Students with fractures, serious illnesses, recent surgeries, and chronic conditions that restrict physical activity must obtain written consent from a physician to participate in physical education classes.
- Students returning to school after a hospitalization due to injury or illness should obtain a note from a physician indicating that the student is able to return to school (i.e., not contagious) and should state any accommodations needed during the school day (i.e., shortened day).
Precautions shall be taken for children suspected of having a communicable disease:
A. Notification to the parent describing the signs and symptoms observed.
B. Students will be immediately isolated with supervisor and discharged to their parents or guardians.
1. Diarrhea (abnormally loose stool within 24 hour period)
2. Severe coughing causing child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping sound
3. Difficulty breathing
4. Yellowish skin or eyes
6. Temperature of 100° F or higher
7. Untreated infected skin patches
8. Unusually dark urine and/or grey/white stool
9. Stiff neck
10. Evidence of lice, scabies or parasite infestation
11. Unusual spots/rashes
12. Sore throat/difficulty swallowing
The child will be made comfortable on a cot. While isolated the child will be carefully observed. The child shall be discharged to parent or guardian or designated other as soon as practical.
Care of mildly ill children – Child may be excused from participation and allowed to rest within the classroom or nurse’s office until he/she feels like returning to the group.
The school has a vital role in the control of communicable diseases. Following local and state guidelines, students will be excluded during the period for communicability and/or until appropriate treatment by a physician has been received. Teachers attend inservice training regarding First Aid and recognition of communicable diseases regularly.
Chicken Pox – Students may return after seven days including weekends, if all scabs are dry. Other school-aged children in the family may attend school if they are well.
Conjunctivitis (Pink eye) – Students are excluded from school until 24 hours of antibiotics (if prescribed) and discharge has ceased.
Fifth Disease – Students may return after diagnosis and fever-free for 24 hours.
Head Lice – Please notify the school immediately if your child has lice. Students will be excluded from school until he or she is treated and free of all live lice. The school nurse will check the student’s hair before he/she may return to the classroom. Treat head lice with a prescription shampoo from your physician or with an over-the-counter treatment recommended by your pharmacist.
Impetigo – Students are excluded from school until released by physician or under treatment and lesions begin to heal.
Infectious Hepatitis – Students may return to school after the doctor’s release, but not before seven consecutive days from the onset of jaundice.
Mononucleosis – Consult a physician. Students will be excluded if fever is present, systematically ill, or on physician’s advice.
Ringworm or Athlete’s Foot – Students will be excluded until under treatment.
Scabies – A physician must be consulted for treatment. Students are excluded until treated.
Scarlet Fever, Scarletina, or Strep Throat – Students may return 24 hours after the treatment has been started and are fever-free for 24 hours.
Children attending Oakwood School District in grades PS, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9 routinely receive eye screenings by a registered nurse sometime during the school year. Typically, screening occurs in the fall and early winter, but due to classroom schedules screening may occur later in the school year. School screenings are designed to detect visual problems, such as, near and far-sightedness and “lazy eye.” If a child fails the school screening the school nurse will notify a parent.
It’s extremely IMPORTANT to note that not all eye problems will be detected by the school screening or even in a pediatrician’s office. Thus, all school age children should have periodic professional eye examinations by an eye specialist. The best time to start taking your child to an eye specialist is before your child enters kindergarten and then on a periodic basis as determined by his/her eye specialist. This is the best and only way to totally evaluate a child’s vision. Please contact the school nurse, Sue Martin RN, if you have any questions or concerns.
Hearing screenings are done by a school nurse in grades PS, K, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 9. Parents of students who do not pass the hearing screening will be contacted by the nurse. Typically, hearing screenings are done along with the eye screening.
Medication and Prescription Drug Policy
When possible, administration of medication to students should be scheduled outside of school hours. However, if special circumstances require the administration of medication during school hours, prescription and nonprescription medication will be given. Medication taken by preschool students in school will be given by authorized staff members.
All administration of medication (prescription or over the counter) at school requires written permission from the parents and the physician. Forms for this permission are available from the school nurse, building secretary, or online at www.oakwoodschools.org and MUST be completed by the parent, physician, and building administrator. If the medication is to be given on a continuing basis, the forms are to be renewed annually. All requests for the administration of medication must include the name of the medication, dosage, time it is to be given, any possible side effects, and the expected duration of the medication.
The parent is responsible for providing the medication in the original container, transporting it to school, picking up any remaining medication at the end of the medication period or end of year, and notifying the school of any change in the original prescription or change in the prescribing physician.
Emergency Cards/Student Information Forms
Each parent is asked to sign a Student Information Form. Please fill in both sides.
The Student Information Form must be completed annually granting parental consent for staff to administer first aid and get emergency services for their child.
If a child is transported by ambulance prior to the parent/guardian arriving, a staff member should accompany the child and take the emergency medical information. The staff will not leave the hospital until the parents/guardians have arrived.
Remember to update these forms whenever there is a change in address or telephone number. If you plan to be away for a day, please notify the nurse/teacher of your location and how you can be reached in case of an emergency.
Emergency Illness and Injury Procedures
A school nurse or clinic nurse is on duty in the clinic and at least one staff member is trained in first aid and CPR as taught by the American Red Cross at each site. CPR classes are renewed every year and first aid classes are renewed every three (3) years according to policy. In an event of an emergency, staff will:
- Contact the School Nurse
- Quickly assess the child’s health
- Call 9-1-1 or other appropriate emergency assistance as needed
- Give first aid and CPR, if necessary
- Contact parent/guardian or the person they have listed to contact in case of an accident or injury
- The program will maintain a log of injury reports
State Law (ORC 3701.13, 3313.67 and 5104.011 A(5)) requires enrollees 20 months or older shall be immunized as follows:
Minimum Immunization Requirements
- 4 doses DPT vaccine (5 doses if 4th dose is given prior to 4th birthday)
- 3 doses of Polio vaccine (4 doses if 3rd dose is given prior to 4th birthday)
- 1 dose Hib at or about 15 months of age up to the 5th birthday
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B according to required schedule
- 1 dose MMR* (2 doses by age 5)
*Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine should be administered on or after 12 months of age – preferably 12 – 15 months of age.
Any exemption to these requirements requires a written statement from your physician or a written statement that immunizations are objectionable for a “good cause,” a waiver form will be provided by the nurse.
Physician’s Report (Physical)
As required by Section 3301.37 of the Ohio Revised Code, parents with a child enrolled in our preschool program must provide at the time of admission to program and annually from the date of the physical thereafter, a current Physician’s Report and/or physical.