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School Nurse:

The Anthony School believes that healthy children are better learners!

We provide a school nurse from 9am-2pm daily. Services include:
  • Nursing assessment of illness, injury, and health-related problems
  • First aid if needed
  • Administration of OTC or prescription medications with parental consent
  • Scoliosis screenings
  • Health promotion and wellness information
  • Organization of Flu vaccine administration during the Fall
  • Ensuring Immunization Records are in accordance with State regulations
  • Liaison among families, students, school personnel, and medical community

Helpful Information:

Allergies and Asthma

Health Policy and Medical Forms

Emergency Care Plans: an Asthma Action Plan, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Care Plan, Epileptic Care Plan, or Diabetes School Management Plan must be turned in before the first day of school for a student with the matching diagnosis. Email nurse for Care Plan templates.

Illness

When Does My Child Need to Stay Home?

Please keep your student at home if they experience the following:
  • Fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Red or sore throat
  • Visible discharge from nose or eyes
  • Diagnosis of a contagious disease such as strep throat, tonsillitis, or bronchitis
Your student may return to school when they have met the following criteria:
  • 24 hours fever free (without use of a fever reducing medication)
  • 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea
  • 24 hours have passed since the exact time your student was checked out from TAS (if sent home sick)
  • 24 hours of antibiotics have been taken if prescribed by your doctor

Immunizations

Lice

  • If a student has live head lice or nits at school, parents will be notified to pick up the student. The student may return 24 hours after treatment. The student will be rechecked at school after one week. If live lice or nits are still present, the student will be sent home for another treatment.
  • Lice Treatment: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html

Prescription Medications

  • A prescription medication must have a physician’s written order OR a current prescription container with the information clearly presented on the label (this includes refills):
    • Current prescription date, legal name of student, name of medication, dose, exact time to be taken (three times daily will not be accepted), name of physician or provider, and any special storage instructions.
  • A Permission for Medication Administration form must be on file for any prescription medication to be administered at school and renewed each semester.
  • At least two doses of any new medication must be given by the parent/guardian prior to the student attending school. If any reaction to the new medication occurs, it must be added to the student’s Health Form under Allergies.
  • Medications must be turned in at the Main Office by a parent/guardian. Students are not allowed to bring medication to school.
  • Medications will be stored in the School Nurse Office. Controlled substances, as defined by the Federal Drug Administration, will be located in a locked area. Access to these medications will be limited to designated personnel.
  • Students are not allowed to give medication to other students.
  • Students may only carry an inhaler or Epi Pen if the Epi Pen/Inhaler Authorization form is on file. No other medications may be carried by a student while at TAS.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to come the School Nurse Office for his or her medication. Lower School students will be reminded by their teachers and/or the school nurse.
  • If emergency medications are kept at school (example: Epi Pen), then the parent is responsible for ensuring that the medication is not expired.
  • Medications should be administered at home whenever possible. (Example: the first dose of a medication to be given three times daily should be administered before the student arrives at school).
  • Parents are responsible for ensuring there is enough medication provided to the school nurse so doses are not missed, and making sure refills are provided in a timely manner.

Summer Camps

  • The School Nurse will not be on campus during the Summer Camp session.
  • Students taking prescription medications must turn in a new Permission for Medication Administration Form before the first day of the summer session. A trained staff member will administer medications.
  • Medications may only be administered to students who are attending full day sessions, and the medication is scheduled at a specific time during the camp hours.
  • Self-Carry and Administration Forms from the previous school year will be valid until the end of the summer session. It will be their responsibility to have their EpiPen or inhaler available and up-to-date.
  • All medications provided by parents for the summer session must be picked up by the last day of camp. Any medication not picked up will be disposed of according to state law.
TAS Nurse: Mary Shannon Metrailer, RN, BSN
501-225-6629 x226