Dorchester District Four Nurses' Corner
The nurse's office is for caring for injuries and minor illnesses that occur at school.
Our main goal is to optimize student health and enhance learning. To learn you must be present! If your child does not have a fever and is not throwing up our goal is to keep them here at school. However, a parent may be called to bring Over the counter medication in certain situations.
** PLEASE MAKE THE SURE THE SCHOOL NURSE HAS CURRENT PHONE NUMBERS SHOULD WE NEED TO CONTACT YOU**
-If there are any changes in the emergency contact number, please let the school know immediately as that is the only way we have to contact you.
-Emergency Contact Form https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bj0uT8c31fqiJUL2M_UXXxHrSEYP9d8uuNVZ0dQP_90/edit?usp=sharing
-Health History Form https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KmKp8ksS_tEAElOudRectSirhAwNQgkuHtsf0YIlP90/edit?usp=sharing
** INJURIES OR HEALTH CONCERNS THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL SHOULD BE TREATED AT HOME OR BY YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER**
-The school nurse cannot diagnose or prescribe treatment. This is the responsibility of your family physician or health care provider.
WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL?
Students should remain at home to prevent the spread of germs or illness to others.
Some examples of when students should stay home are:
Vomiting; Diarrhea; Fever of 100.0 Degrees or Over within the last 24 hours; Flu; Covid; Chicken Pox; Shingles; Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease; Head Lice; Impetigo; Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis
For a full list, Please refer to SC DHEC School Exclusion List at https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/2023-2024-School-Childcare-Exclusion-List-08.1.2023_0.pdf
24 HOUR RULE OF THUMB:
Please keep your child home for at least 24 hours if he/she has vomited, had diarrhea, or had a fever greater than 100.0 degrees (without any fever reducing medication such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen). A student must be without a fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
If your child has a fever, please do not given them Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or Ibuprofen and then send them to school. This only spreads germs and we will be calling you again to come pick them up from school.
If your child has an allergy, please bring a list of allergies from the doctor. If your child has a FOOD allergy, you must have a doctor's note before any meal substitutions are allowed.
-Allergy Form https://docs.google.com/document/d/19jxYh0L_ZKGJCNEgR3TelwB-psWm6rlKkxl_bfrpktk/edit?usp=sharing
-Food Allergy Form https://drive.google.com/file/d/180FHhd66B3wOkRFCXJ82P0D4gpI3MG_0/view?usp=sharing
All students must have a current SC DHEC Immunization Certificate of Immunization on file to attend school. All students entering Kindergarten must have all 4 year old shots for school attendance. All rising 7th graders must show proof of having the Tdap booster before they are allowed to attend school.
2023-2024 DHEC School Immunization Requirements https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/Final-School-Law-Letter-2023-2024.pdf
MEDICATION at SCHOOL for DD4 STUDENTS
1. Medications are to brought to the school by a parent/guardian. All CONTROLLED medications are counted in the presence of the parent/guardian and the parent/guardian must sign acknowledging that the count is correct. Medications are not to be sent to school by students and will not be sent home by students. Student will also be required to sign for medications every time they are administered to student.
2. Any prescription or over-the-counter medication brought to the school by the parent must be in the original container and have a pharmacy label with the student's name on it.
3. Written permissions is required from the parent/guardian and the doctor prescribing the medication. Over-the-counter medications also require a doctor's order. The school's permission for medication form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and the doctor ordering the medication. A copy of the prescription may also be accepted. The permission for medication form is attached below and will be placed in local doctor's offices.
-Permission for Medication Order Form https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N9YlMn7uDrKLQc8flzSBjmspp2PwsvCa7Nd86NA7soI/edit?usp=sharing
-Self-Medicating Order Form https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MZwj0ucogbtO5X-Zr1wKkCEDtFbzlGuxMFjfHe_l5Kc/edit?usp=sharing
4. When changes are made in medication, dosage, or time; a states from the prescribing doctor must be provided to the school before this change is made at school.
5. The first dose of a medication that a student has not taken before should be given by the parent/guardian at home so that the student can be monitored closely for side effects.
6. Medication permission forms and medication orders must be updated at the beginning of each new school year and when changes are made to the student's medication.
7. Medications should be picked up by the parent/guardian at the end of the school year. Medications not picked up will be discarded.
-Students must have a "pass" from their teacher to be seen in the nurse's office. This is for safety and accountability.
-DD4 Covid Policy https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AyVgvSdQOqpZwkCqbQSmRySzSwwRI7FBVTxlQjPp6fA/edit?usp=sharing
Erin Peters, BSN, RN- School Nurse Williams Memorial Elementary