Nurse's Notes

MEDICATION POLICY

It is best to give your child any prescription medicine at home. However, at times, a child may need to be given prescription medication during school hours. Under no circumstances will any medications be dispensed to students without parental consent. School personnel will only administer medication at the designated time as directed by the medical provider.

Non-prescription or over-the-counter medications are discouraged from being given during school hours.  However, if it becomes necessary to do so, the physician and the parent/guardian must complete and sign a Prescription Medication Form. This form includes clear instructions from the doctor, including but not limited to, the type of medication to be given, the dosage required, the doctor’s signature, and your written consent.  The form is good from the date of the doctor’s signature until the end of the current school year.

Students who must take prescription medication during school hours must have the medication brought to school in the original prescription container. Medication will be taken by the child at the designated time, supervised by authorized personnel.  Limited quantities of any medication should be kept at school.  All medication administered at school will be stored in a locked drawer, cabinet or file. Parents must notify school when the drug is discontinued, or the dosage or time is changed. If the medication is resumed, a new order must be received.

Non-Prescription Medication Form      Allergies Notification Form      Medication Request Form

Ringworm or Scalp:  Student is excluded at the end of the school day until seen by a doctor and proof of treatment is provided.According to State health regulations, children with contagious diseases (as listed below) are not allowed to attend school until released by a doctor.  The exception to this is head lice, which does not require a written release to return to school.  Your child will be checked upon returning to school, after the appropriate treatment.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

If a child contacts a communicable disease, that is contagious toward others, and easily spread to others, parents must notify the school as soon as possible.

  • Head Lice:  For two weeks after exposure, observe your child’s hair and scalp at neckline and around ears for eggs or nits that stick to the hair.

  • Chickenpox:  Student is excluded for at least five (5) days after vesicles appears or until vesicles become dry.

  • Measles (Rubelola/Rubella), or any fever with rash – Student is excluded from onset of first symptoms until physician determines that the condition is no longer a communicable disease.

  • Scabies:  Student is excluded until on (1) treatment with prescription medication for 12 to 24 hours is completed.  Proof of treatment must be provided.

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye):  Student is excluded until the eye is clear or a health care provider’s permission to return to school is obtained.

  • Impetigo/MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus):  Student is excluded from school if there is the presence of open, oozing sores and until seen by a physician and treated with a prescription antibiotic for 24 hours.  All open areas that are exposed need to be covered.

  • Mononucleosis:  Student is excluded from school if there is presence of a fever or any othe symptom of acute illness.

  • Hepatitis B: Student is excluded from school until physician allows return.

  • Mumps:  Student is excluded from school from onset for nine (9) days or until salivary gland swelling has subsided.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Each child will be required to comply with the Wisconsin state requirements for student immunizations prior to attendance at the 21st Century Preparatory School. Students with immunization record not on file/up to date, will not be allowed to attend school until it is updated/filed. Conscientious objectors to the immunization laws must file appropriate paperwork with the school office by the state deadline. 

Vaccines are given to millions of people every year. For parents, childhood vaccines are a source of reassurance -- protecting their children against disease.  Vaccines work by preparing a child's body to fight illness. Each immunization contains either a dead or a weakened germ (or parts of it) that causes a particular disease.

The body practices fighting the disease by making antibodies that recognize specific parts of that germ. This permanent or longstanding response means that if someone is ever exposed to the actual disease, the antibodies are already in place and the body knows how to combat it and the person doesn't get sick. This is called immunity.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 50,000 adults die from vaccine preventable diseases each year in the United States.

Delta Naus

I have been the School Nurse at 21st Century Preparatory School for over nine years. As a school nurse my philosophy is healthy students are successful learners. My role within the school is to support the physical, emotional, and social health of students. I absolutely, enjoy working with children of all ages!