HEALTH SERVICES/CHRONIC ILLNESS
Health services will be provided to students at Mora Schools. Families are urged to inform us of any existing health concerns, emotional or physical. This includes recent surgeries, serious illnesses, communicable diseases or accidents. Reports of these illnesses should be made to the school at the beginning of the school year and as often as the condition changes.
As our district acknowledges that we will be working with persons with decreased immunity, it becomes vital that we monitor communicable diseases in the school population. Please notify the health office when your son/daughter has experienced a communicable disease.
If a student is injured or becomes ill while at school, the school nurse or other school personnel will contact the parents/guardians at home or work. It is essential that an emergency number be recorded with the school office. If a student needs to be transported to the clinic or hospital for emergency treatment and the parent/guardian cannot be located, an ambulance will be called.
The school district acknowledges that certain students may require medications during the school day. Designated school personnel are available to give the following medications:
- Prescription medications required more frequently than 3 times per day. (Medications given 3 times per day or less can usually be given entirely outside of the school day)
- Prescription drugs specifically ordered by the physician to be given during the school day.
- Over-the-counter drugs which the parent or legal guardian feels are necessary for their child to function optimally.
Must be in compliance with label recommendations.
The procedure, which must be followed for the district to dispense medications to your student, is:
A. The health office must have written permission and signature from the parent/legal guardian approving the administration of the medication by designated school personnel. The permission must also include the reason for the medication and/or diagnosis, directions for giving, and time to give medication.
B. Each time medications are sent to school, parents need to attach a signed note identifying the amount, name, and dose of medication being sent. Personnel in the health office will count out and document all medications received on a flow sheet in the health office. Health office personnel will contact parents when a difference occurs or to confirm the amount of medication sent by parents. If there is any question about the reliability of the student to safely transport the medication to school, the parent must transport the medication to the health office.
C. We must have the medication in its original bottle. This applies to prescription and over-the-counter medications. Ask the pharmacy to fill the medication in duplicated containers with the appropriate amount your student will need dispensed into a container for school use.
1. For prescription drugs all containers must be marked with: child's name, name of drug, name of physician prescribing, name of pharmacy filling, amount to be given, length of treatment, and any possible side effects or adverse reactions (ask pharmacist to specify)
2. Non-prescription drugs must be in the original bottle and we need specific guidelines as to when the drugs should be given.
a. The health offices are not suppliers of medication. Neither aspirin, Tylenol, nor cough drops are available on request. Parents are responsible for providing the medication to the health offices.
D. Parents are responsible for notifying the health office immediately of any changes in the administration of the medication.
E. All medications given will be recorded on medication administration records.
F. Medications will be stored in a locked cabinet in the health office.
G. Special Circumstances: If parents wish to have their student administer their own medication, which includes inhalers and over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs, during the course of the school day, they need to make this request in writing to the health office. Approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
H. Parents are responsible for picking medications up at the end of the school year. School staff will dispose of unclaimed medications prior to the start of the coming school year. No medications will be carried over to the next school year.
It continues to be our policy not to give medication of any kind without a parent's permission. No student is to provide another student with medication of any kind. Likewise, please do not send your child to school with medications for them to take independently. A small child may pick up the medication and take it with dangerous results.
In the event of a field trip, arrangements for taking medication will be worked out with the student's classroom teacher.
INSURANCE - VOLUNTARY ACCIDENT
The school district DOES NOT provide for accident or injury insurance for students enrolled in the schools of the district. A voluntary accident insurance coverage program is offered to students every year. A brochure containing information concerning coverages and enrollment will be given to students on the first day of school. All students are encouraged to participate in the student accident insurance program or to make certain they are covered by family health insurance policies, whether or not they participate in extra-curricular activities or athletic programs. It is not the intent of the student accident policy to provide benefits for an existing medical problem, but it does offer options for full-time or school-time accident insurance coverage.