Nurse's Office Frequently Asked Questions
Are students allowed to carry medications?
All medications, both prescription and non-prescription, should be stored in the nurses office where parents are asked to complete a Request to Give Medication form. We are able to give medications on a routine or as needed (PRN) basis.
Students that need to carry inhalers or Epi-Pens for emergency use will be given a form to have their doctors complete that authorizes them to keep their medicine with them. An additional backup supply of that same medicine is required to be stored in the nurses office as well.
Tylenol and Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) are offered to students whose parents authorize the use of these medicines to be given on the Health Information/Enrollment forms completed by parents each year.
Students may carry cough drops and throat lozenges with them; no special permission required for these items.
Who should I notify if my child is sick and will be absent from school?
If an absence is necessary, a parent/guardian should notify the Attendance Office at the students school between 7:45am and 10:30am. At East Intermediate that number is 299-4415 EXT 5533. Voice mail messages may be left for the Attendance Secretary during non-school hours.
What if my child becomes ill at school?
Students who do not feel will will be sent to the nurses office where they will be evaluated. The nurse will determine if a student will be sent home due to illness and will notify the parents/guardians. Parents are asked to report to the Main Office to sign their student out.
When will the nurse call a parent?
Parents will be notified when a child has an accident that is likely to
leave a bruise or mark, if your child has repeated visits to the clinic in
the same day or requests to call home.
When will your child be sent home?
Children will be asked to go home if their fever is over 100.4 or higher.
From the time they are sent home, we ask that you keep him/her for 24 hours since the last time they had fever. Other reasons they will be asked to go home are if they vomit at school (at nurses discretion), have head lice present in their hair, or have chicken pox.
What are the most common complaints in the Nurses' Office?
The two most common complaints in the Nurses Office are headache and stomach ache. Each student will be assessed to determine what treatment may be offered to help them feel better and return to class if possible. We may offer medication for pain relief such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, if permission has been signed on the child's enrollment form. For stomach aches we will ask them about when and what they last ate and offer them crackers, the opportunity to use the restroom and/or lay down for 10-15 minutes. We reassure the child that stomachaches don't usually hurt all the time, but tend to come and go. Our goals in treating both of the above conditions are to minimize the amount of time lost out of the classroom, and to keep the child as comfortable as possible to maximize their ability to learn while in the classroom.