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Medications (including OTC)
 
Please remember that students are not allowed to transport medicine (including over thcounter medicine) to and from school.  All medicine must be brought in by an adult in the original package to the nurse's office and the appropriate paperwork will have to be filled out and signed.  NOTE that this includes cough drops.  
 
Over the counter medication can only be administered for 3 consecutive days.  After the 3 days parent/guardian must pick up any unused medication.   
 
If your child takes prescription medication at 7:00 am, we prefer that the does be given at home.  However, if there is an issue with your child taking their medicine for you, we will be happy to administer it at school.  It will be important for you to remind your child that they must come to the nurse's office as soon as they arrive at school because we only have until 7:30 am to administer the medication.  
 
School Delays and Medication administration
 
If there is a 1 hour delay in school start time,  then parent/guardian will be required to administer 7:00 a.m. medication at home.  If there is a 2 hour delay, parent/guardian will be required to administer 7 a.m. and 8 am medication doses at home.
 
Fever
 
If your child is sent home with a fever or if they are running a fever at home, they are not to return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours with any fever reducing medication.
 
Lice
 
With every school year comes the possibility that your child will contract head lice.  This condition can cause stress in many families.  The lice love clean hair.  They are transmitted by head to head contact, sharing of hats, brushes, combs, headbands, hair bows, decorative hair ties, pillows, just to name a few ways.  Lice do not jump or fly.  So it is best to remind your children not share any hair products with other students.
 
There are products that you can use to help prevent a lice infestation.  Shampoo with tea tree oil helps deter lice as they do not like the smell of it.  
 
If your child is sent home with head lice, you will be asked to treat them with either over the counter or prescription lice treatment.  You will then need to bring them to school the next morning to have their hair checked before they will be allowed to re-enter the classroom or ride the bus.  Do Not Send Your Student Back To School On The Bus Until They Have Been Cleared By The Nursing Office First.  Also note that absence for head lice is only excused 1 time per school year.
 
Connie Grasty, RN - District Nurse
First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor