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Nursing Overview

Nurses

Dear Parents,

 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. 

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 Para’s are not nurses.  They have received training in basic first aid, CPR, and medication administration only.

Health Room: Any student entering the health room will be allowed to remain there for up to 10 minutes.  If there is a need to contact parents, we will use the phone numbers provided at the beginning of the school year.  Please provide the school with current emergency phone numbers and update this information as it changes throughout the year. 

Medication Policy:  Please be aware that Colorado State law governs our medication policy.  If your child must take medication during school hours, you must provide the following before we administer it:

●      A written doctor’s order (including drug name, dose, route, time, duration of treatment, doctor’s and parent’s signature).  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 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 must be in the original bottle, complete with label.  Medication cannot be given if it comes in a baggie, envelope, plain bottle, etc.

●      All medications must be kept in a secure cabinet in the health room.  If a student must carry a 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. 

Personal Care Items: The following items may be applied to your child if needed: Vaseline (for chapped lips), lotion (for dry skin), saline drops/eye wash (for irritated eyes).  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.

Immunizations:  All students must have current and up-to-date immunizations in order to participate in school.  The only exception to this is if the parent signs an exemption for medical, religious, or personal reasons.  PLEASE NOTE: All Religious and Personal exemptions will need to be signed annually.

All students need to be compliant with their immunizations before fall break or they can be excluded from attending school.  Your Nurse or Health Para will contact you soon after the beginning of the school year to inform you if your child is out of compliance, meaning he or she is missing immunizations.  New students enrolling after Fall Break, have fourteen days to be in compliance or they may be excluded from school.

If you have any questions regarding these policies or immunization requirements for Colorado students, please call the health room at your child’s school. 

Illness Guidelines:  Falcon School District 49 is following the Illness Guidelines from the Colorado Department of Education/Children’s Hospital Colorado.  The guidelines can be found on the d49.org website.

We look forward to a great school year and appreciate your cooperation with us!

Falcon School District 49 Nursing Services

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