Nursing Overview

  • Dear Parent/Guardian; 

    We welcome your child and you to our school.  Please take a moment to read the following information regarding our district policies for health services. All necessary forms to include Asthma Action Plan, Severe Allergy Action Plan, Seizure Action Plan, Diabetes orders, Medication administration permission order, Immunization information and links to information pertaining to health/nursing services is located on this website.  

    COVID-19 Resources and information links are also accessible on this website, due to ongoing updates/changes we refer to El Paso County Public Health for school guidance. 

    Registered Nurses: Nurses in our district cover more than one school and are in each school at least once a week.  The nurse at your school has regular communication with the Health Para and is available if any health care need or emergency arises.  

    Health Para:  Your child’s school has a Health Para in the health room every day.  Health Paras are NOT nurses.  They have received training in basic first aid, CPR, and medication administration only.

    Parent expectation when called to pick up an ill student: Parents are expected to maintain most current contact information on your student's Power School information for emergency contacts.  Parents are highly encouraged to respond quickly and make arrangements to quickly pick up their ill student from school. 

    Medication Policy:  Colorado State law governs our medication policy and under District 49 procedures for administration of medications to students pursuant to school board policy JLCA, Student Health/Nursing Services and requirements.  If your child must take medication during school and/or during any school sponsored events, you must provide the following. 

    ●      The school Nurse shall have received written orders for administration of the medication from the student's licensed health care practitioner with prescription authority.  Also, the parent shall authorize school personnel to confer with the prescribing healthcare provider by providing written permission for medication administration to students. This includes all over-the-counter, prescription, and homeopathic medications. (The only exception is cough drops, which are supplied from home, and may be given with written parent permission. The cough drops will be kept in the health room, and your student may have up to 3 per day.) The physician may fax medication orders to the school.  PLEASE NOTE: The pharmacy label applied to the medication bottle will NOT suffice for a doctor’s order.

    • Medication will be admiistered by the school nurse, or by school personnel whom the registered nurse has trained and delegated the task of giving such medication. A parent is always welcome to come to the school and administer medication to his/her own child as necessary. 
    • Medication shall be in the original, properly labeled pharmacy container with the current date printed on the container, and all other parameters required for medication administration (student name, prescribing physician's name, drug name, dose, route, time and/or frequency). 
    • All non-rescue medications must be kept in a secure cabinet in the school health room.  If a student must carry a rescue medication on him or her, such as an inhaler, Epi-Pen or Diabetes supplies, a physician order is required, and the student must sign a self-carry contract. 
    • D49 will allow High School students ONLY to self-carry ONLY 1-2 doses of over the counter medication such as Tylenol, Motrin which must be in original store bought container and follow strict OTC medication self-carry contract and safety guidelines.  All OTC Self-Carry contracts for High School students must be signed by parent/guardian, student and school nurse and renewed every school year. 

    Personal Care Items: The following items may be applied to your child if needed: Vaseline (for chapped lips), lotion, natural saline eye drops.  Please inform your school nurse if you do not want these items applied to your child. 

    Use of crutches and wheelchair:  Each health room has a wheelchair for emergency use only.  If your student requires temporary use of their own crutches or wheelchair, please provide a Dr.’s note to the health room and accommodations will be made:  Parent must provide mobility devices for their student, these will not be provided from the health room.

    Immunizations: Entry to KG and K-12th Grade School Required Immunization Parent Letter for both 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years are posted on this site.  New Senate Bill 20-163 Non-Medical exemption process has changed effective July 1, 2021. 

    Illness Guidelines:  Falcon School District 49 is following the Illness Guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Please refer to these guidelines posted on this site.