Tammie Singleton, R.N., B.S. Latarshia
District Nurse Health
736-3183 x3021 736-3183 x3006
· District policy strongly recommends that
students requiring medication therapy have their medication doses scheduled
before and after school. Such a schedule keeps the medication at home and in
full control of student’s parents/guardians.
· The school does not furnish any medications to
students. All medications must be provided by the parents/guardians and must be
delivered to the health room by the parent/guardian, not by the student.
· All medications require a signed permission form
and must be in the original factory packaging or pharmacy bottle/box.
Medication will NOT be administered if without a signed permission form or if
brought to school in aluminum foil or baggies, etc.
· All medications, prescription and over-the-counter
(including cough drops), must be kept in the health room, not in student’s
possession. Student possession and/or distribution of medications can lead to
disciplinary actions. Students must report to the health room to obtain their
(over- the –counter) Medications:
medications must be in the original factory packaging.
medication form must be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian.
medications will be dispensed according to the manufacturer’s label unless
otherwise directed by a physician’s script.
medication containing Aspirin cannot be administered unless accompanied by a
medications must be in the original pharmacy bottle/box with the most recent
prescription date on the label.
medication form must be filled out and signed by BOTH the parent/guardian AND the physician.
will not be administered at school. If your child requires narcotics, they
should remain at home.
parent/guardian must bring controlled substances (i.e. Ritalin, Focalin,
Concerta, Adderall) directly to the health room personnel to be counted and
changes in dispensing a medication (i.e. dose or time) require a physician’s
Trips/Studies & After School Activities and Programs :
must provide any needed medications, with the exception of emergency
medications(i.e. Rescue Inhalers, EpiPens, Glucagon, Diastat) that have already
been provided to the health room with a signed medication form.
medications require a medication permission form signed by a parent and
prescription medications require a doctor’s signature as well. Medications will
not be administered without signed permission.
medications must be given to the homeroom teacher the morning of the field
study. Students may not have responsibility for their medications unless they
have submitted the required forms for self-administration to the health room.
This is for emergency medications only (i.e. Rescue Inhalers, EpiPens).
· Self-Carry and Self Administration of
medications is not recommended at the elementary school level except in rare
cases for emergency medications only (i.e. Rescue inhalers, EpiPens, insulin).
If your child self -carries and administers medication, they lose the benefit
of being evaluated by the nurse and run the risk of over or under medicating,
or losing/forgetting their medication. If it is necessary for your child to
self-carry and self-medicate at school or during school sponsored activities,
please contact the school nurse for additional required forms.
discontinued medications must be picked up by a parent/guardian. Medications
will not be sent home with students. Please remember to pick up medications at
the end of the school year as they are not stored over the summer. All
medications left in the health room after the last day of school will be
For any questions or concerns please contact, Tammie
Singleton, RN, BS, District Nurse, at 803-736-3183 ex 3021.
2014-15 Medication Permission Forms
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
"Parents", choose "Purchase Coverage")
Health Fact Sheets For
Asthma Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm
Concussion Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/TBI_factsheets_PARENTS-508-a.pdf
Flu Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/flu/downloads/PL-dis-influenza-color-office.pdf
Head Lice (Pediculosis) Facts: http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/DiseasesandConditions/InfectiousDiseases/InsectAnimalBorne/HeadLice/
Good link for information about
health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years: http://kidshealth.org/
National Health Promotion Initiative, Bright Futures: http://www.brightfutures.org/
Columbia Area Grief Resources: http://www.joyinthemourningcenter.org/PDF/Columbia%20Area%20Grief%20Resources-3-23-2013.pdf
Bicycle Safety: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles
Healthy Eating: www.choosemyplate.gov/kids/
Poison Control: http://poison.sc.edu/index.asp
School Bus Safety: http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances/Documents/Back%20to%20School/First%20Student%20-%20School%20Bus%20Safety%20Tips.pdf
Dental Health: http://www.mouthhealthykids.org/en/
Halloween Safety Tips: http://www.halloween-safety.com/
Fire Safety Game: http://www.sparky.org/
More Games and Activities: http://www.bluekids.org/teensandkids/ga.asp