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Nurse's Nook

Tammie Singleton, R.N., B.S.
District Nurse
736-3183 x3021
tsingleton@richland2.org
 
Latarshia Wilson
Health Room Assistant
736-3183 x3006
lwilson@richland2.org


Medication Policy

When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?

If your child has any of the following symptoms, please do not send them to school:
  1. Fever of 100 degrees and over - exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the need for medication such as Tylenol or Motrin to keep the fever down.
  2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm of the scalp and imetigo are all infections and must be treated with antibiotic medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.  Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.
  3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
  4. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
  5. Diarrhea or vomiting – Please keep your child home until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  6. Severe pain.
  7. Generally, if the student is too ill to participate in recess or outdoor activities, the student should stay at home.

Routine Health Screenings

Routine health screening programs, in accordance with recommendations from the Department of Health and Environmental Control, may be conducted during the school year. The screenings may include hearing, vision, dental, blood pressure, height, weight, and body mass index. Please notify the nurse if you do NOT want your child to participate in the screenings.

Emergency Contact Information

It is very important that we have current phone numbers for parent/guardians and emergency contacts persons in case of an emergency. Please remember to keep all phone numbers and emergency contact information updated if there are any changes.
 

Immunization Requirements for School and Day Care

DHEC Immunization Requirements for School and Day Care 2014-15:  http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/docs/2014-2015%20Immunization%20Requirements.pdf
 
Immunization Changes for the 2014-2015 School Year
  • 10th grade has been added to the requirement for four (4) doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
  • (2) doses of Varicella vaccine are now required for all 5K students.
  • 2nd grade has been added to the requirement for three (3) doses of oral and/or inactivated Polio vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday.
  • One (1) dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) is now required for all 7th and 8th grade students.

Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Practice good health habits: 
  1. Avoid close contact - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. Designate only one person as caretaker of those who are sick.
  2. Stay home when you are sick - Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Throw your tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  4. Clean your hands - Washing your hands often with soap and water will help protect you from germs. If there is no soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wash your hands before eating, drinking, or touching your face, and after coughing or sneezing.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits - Get plenty of sleep ● Be physically active ● Manage your stress ● Drink plenty of fluids ●Eat nutritious food Clean and disinfect frequently touched hard surfaces, such as countertops, tabletops, desktops, door knobs, and bathroom surfaces.

Free Health Services

Our school partners with HEALTHY LEARNERS, a nonprofit organization that helps children who do not have medical insurance or Medicaid  get the health care they need. They provide eye exams and glasses, hearing evaluations, dental care, limited doctor’s visits, prescription medications, limited counseling services and other health needs. Healthy Learners will also provide a replacement  pair of eyeglasses,  for students who are covered by Medicaid, but who have used their vision benefit for the year. Healthy Learners can provide transportation for your child from school to their appointment if you so choose. There is no charge to the child or the family for these services. If your child has a health need and you would like to know if you qualify for Healthy Learners’ services, please contact the school nurse. Contact the school nurse to see if your child qualifies for other free health services.
 

Purchase Voluntary Insurance

Purchase voluntary insurance coverage online:
www.bollingerschools.com   (under "Parents", choose "Purchase Coverage")
 

Health Fact Sheets For Parents