Frequently Asked Questions for the School Nurse
If you are transferring to U-46 from a different district (regardless of where the district is located), you must meet the minimum health requirements to start school. Students entering kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade need a physical completed within the past year. Students entering in a different grade must meet the minimum requirements for the last rquired grade (eg. incoming 2nd graders must meet the Kindergarten health requirements).
Visit the health forms page to download the actual documents that should be submitted.
Students enrolled in school after the first day of school have 30 days to meet the minimum health requirements of the applicable requirement year.
Please view the current health requirements located here.
The only appropriate medications given at school are those that are needed to maintain a student's health or ability to learn. Examples of appropriate requests would be: inhalers, insulin, medication to maintain attention, epinephrine for allergic reactions. Inappropriate medication requests would include temporary medications like: cold medications, antibiotics, or medications ordered one, two or three times per day. If you have an appropriate medication request, you will need to supply a completed medication permission form (English form, Spanish form) and the medication.
Yes, but the medication permission form and self administration form both must be completed and on file. For your student's safety, the nurse will check to see that your student uses her inhaler properly. It is always a good idea to have a spare one in the health office.
If the medication affects her classroom performance, it is in the student's best interest that this information is shared with the school nurse. All information shared is kept confidential and shared only on a “need-to-know basis.” Please contact your school nurse with any questions.
Keep your student at home if he/she:
- has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher
- has been vomiting or having diarrhea within the past 24 hours,
- complains of an earache
- has a rash that has not been seen by a doctor,
- eyes appear reddened, are crusted or draining.
Your student may return to school once they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications, has not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours, the rash is gone or is determined to be non-contagious by the doctor (note required), eyes are clear and without drainage (or have been on prescription eye drops for 24 hours).
Please keep your child home from school, and alert your building nurse, if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.
Obtain a written note from his doctor stating the specific activity restriction and its duration. Please be sure to have the doctor write a note that states when your child is able to resume physical activity. This note should be given to the school nurse.
Information provided on the student's emergency cards will be used. Please make sure that emergency contact information is complete with up-to-date phone numbers, including cell numbers. If there has been any change, please contact the school to add or eliminate names/numbers.
What do I do?
Notify your school nurse and your child's teacher about your student's allergy and how he/she describes his symptoms. Have the completed medication form and any emergency medication needed at school by the first day of attendance.
Vision and hearing screenings are done once a year at each school for specific grades, as mandated by the state. However, if you have any concerns regarding your student's vision or hearing, please contact the school nurse who will screen your student and let you know whether or not further follow up is necessary.