The nurse is here to assist your child to stay healthy and to stay in class.
As a student is referred to the school nurse, the nurse will carry out interventions to return that student back to class as quickly as possible. The campus nurse will provide first aid, administer prescribed medications, and assist students with chronic medical conditions as the need arises. The campus nurse can treat minor injuries and symptoms at school, but is not able to diagnose or prescribe medications to treat any illnesses.
When to stay home…
Students should be kept at home if they show any signs of illness within 24 hours prior to a school day. Signs of illness include but are not limited to:
- Temperature equal to or greater than 100.0
- Yellow or green nasal discharge
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Unidentified rashes
- Red eyes with watery or pus drainage-check with your family physician to rule out pink eye.
- Any signs or symptoms of communicable childhood illnesses
Children should complete 36 hours of antibiotics before returning to school.
Children should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever medication before returning to school.
Please notify the school office of any contagious infection or illness so exposure notices may be sent to the parents/guardians of the other children in your child’s class.
Children with contagious illnesses or infections must bring a letter of clearance from the doctor upon returning to school.
If a child is hospitalized for any reason, there must be a doctor’s release before returning to school.
Students who have been absent due to extended illness must receive clearance from the school nurse to return to class.
THESE RULES ARE FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL CHILDREN.
Regulations for Administering Medications to Students at First Baptist Christian Academy
Administration of medication is the responsibility of the parent/guardian unless it is essential to the well-being of the student to receive medication during the school day. The following regulations must be observed when ANY medication is to be administered by the school.
An AUTHORIZATION FOR ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION form must be completed and presented for each medication. A physician signature and a parent signature is required for all medication. No medication will be accepted or distributed from the office until this form is completed and on file in the office. It is the parent’s responsibility to assure that these forms are current and complete. A recent photo is suggested. New forms must be submitted at least once a year.
Changes in medication require new administration forms.
Medications may be administered by medical or trained non-medical personnel. Designated school personnel are trained in general medication administration and documentation procedures. The school nurse routinely monitors medication administration and documentation by the school personnel.
Medication must be brought to school in its original labeled container and stored according to physician request. For student safety, it is recommended that the parent/guardian or responsible adult deliver the medication to school. Students are never to carry the medicine into the classroom. The parent/guardian must provide a measuring device for liquid medication.
Medication to go home with a student must be picked up from the office by an adult and returned to the office the next day. This responsibility belongs to the parent/guardian of the child. Please request a school dose bottle from the pharmacy to decrease the need to exchange medication daily.
Medication will be stored under lock and key when not in use except for emergency medications. Each dose of medication administered will be recorded on the Medication Administration Record.
Verbal permission is only acceptable for a student on a regular medication and the A.M. dose is forgotten or in a life-threatening situation such as a high fever, anaphylactic reaction, asthma, or seizures.
Emergency medications may be carried by the student when their physician authorizes it. The physician must also state the student’s competence to use his/her own medication. All emergency medications must be stored in a location that is well documented, known to the faculty, and easily accessible. School personnel will store the medication and generally supervise the student’s self administration. We suggest that students who use Epipens or inhalers have one for home and one for school.
Medication will be destroyed if not picked up within one week following termination of the medication authorization form or one week after the close of school, whichever occurs first. Medication will be destroyed in a manner in which it cannot be retrieved.
All student medication records will be handled in a confidential manner.
STATE OF TEXAS IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
State law and First Baptist Christian Academy require appropriate documentation of the following immunizations for all students.
Documentation of immunizations must include day, month, and year. Vaccine doses administered less than or equal to four (4) days before the minimum interval or age shall be counted as valid.
DTP, DTaP (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis) – 4 doses are required for students through 4 years of age. For K – 6th grade: 5 doses of diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis containing vaccine are required, one of which must have been given on or after the 4th birthday. Or, if the 4th dose was administered on or after the 4th birthday, only 4 doses are required. Students 7 years and older are required to have at least 3 doses provided at least 1 dose was administered on or after the 4th birthday. For 7th grade: 3 dose primary series and 1 Tdap/Td booster is required if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria containing vaccine. For 8th – 12th grade: 3 dose primary series and 1 Tdap /Td booster is required when 10 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria containing vaccine.
Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
Polio – At least 3 doses are required for students through 4 years of age. For K – 12th grade: 4 doses of polio vaccine are required with 1 dose received on or after the 4th birthday. Or, if the 3rd dose was received on or after the 4th birthday only 3 doses are required.
MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) – Pre-kindergarten students are required to have 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday. For K – 12th grade: 2 doses of MMR are required. (The 1st dose must have been given on or after the 1st birthday). Students vaccinated prior to 2009 with 2 doses of measles and one dose each of rubella and mumps satisfy this requirement.
Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae) – 1 dose given on or after 15 months of age is required for all students through 4 years of age, unless a primary series (2 doses, 2 months apart) and a booster (at least 2 months after the last dose) are received. The booster must have been given on or after 12 months of age.
Hepatitis A – For PK – 8th grade: 2 doses are required. (The 1st dose must be received on or after the 1st birthday)
Hepatitis B – For students aged 11-15 years. 2 doses meet the requirement if adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) was received. Dosage (10mcg/1.0mL) and type of vaccine (Recombivax) must be clearly documented. If Recombivax was not the vaccine received, a 3-dose series is required.
PCV7/13 – (Pneumococcal Conjugate) – All students under age 5 are required to have at least 1 dose of pneumococcal vaccine received on or after the 1st birthday.
Meningococcal (MCV4) – For 7th- 12th grade: 1 dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine is required on or after the student’s 11th birthday.
Varicella (chickenpox) – Pre-kindergarten students are required to have 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday. For K – 12th grade: 2 doses are required. The 1st dose must be received on or after the 1st birthday. Previous illness may be documented with a written statement from a physician, school nurse, or the child’s parent or guardian containing wording such as: “This is to verify that (name of student) had varicella disease (chickenpox) on or about (date) and does not need varicella vaccine.” This written statement will be acceptable in place of any and all varicella vaccine doses required.