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North Springs ElementaryNurse's Nook

Nurse’s Nook   


Tammie Singleton, R.N., B.S.                                                                               Latarshia Wilson

District Nurse                                                                                                         Health Room Assistant

736-3183   x3021                                                                                                  736-3183   x3006                                                                            



Medication Policy & Permission Forms


Medication Policy 

·     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 medications.

·         Non-Prescription (over- the –counter) Medications:

o   OTC medications must be in the original factory packaging.

o   A medication form must be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian.

o   All medications will be dispensed according to the manufacturer’s label unless otherwise directed by a physician’s script.

o   Any medication containing Aspirin cannot be administered unless accompanied by a physician’s script.

·         Prescription Medications:

o   Prescription medications must be in the original pharmacy bottle/box with the most recent prescription date on the label.

o   A medication form must be filled out and signed by BOTH the parent/guardian AND the physician.

o   Narcotics will not be administered at school. If your child requires narcotics, they should remain at home.

o   A parent/guardian must bring controlled substances (i.e. Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, Adderall) directly to the health room personnel to be counted and signed in.

o   Any changes in dispensing a medication (i.e. dose or time) require a physician’s note.

·         Field Trips/Studies & After School Activities and Programs :

o   Parents/guardians 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.

o   All 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.

o   All 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.

·     All 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 disposed of.


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.


2014-15 Immunization Requirements for School and Day Care


DHEC Immunization Requirements for School and Day Care 2014-15:

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:   (under "Parents", choose "Purchase Coverage")


Health Fact Sheets For Parents


·         Asthma Facts:

·         Concussion Facts:

·         Flu Facts:

·         Head Lice (Pediculosis) Facts:


Helpful Links


·         Good link for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years:

·         National Health Promotion Initiative, Bright Futures:

·         Columbia Area Grief Resources:

·         Bicycle Safety:

·         Healthy Eating:

·         Poison Control:

·         School Bus Safety:

·         Dental Health:

·         Halloween Safety Tips:

·         Fire Safety Game:

·         More Games and Activities: