Students finding it necessary to go to the Health Center MUST secure a pass or have permission from a teacher to be admitted to the Health Center. The student must be signed in upon arrival at the Health Center. Clinic personnel provide first-aid for minor illnesses and injuries. They monitor medication administration and maintain documentation. They are not qualified to diagnose or prescribe. They do not act in the place of your physician or clinic.
Please keep the school updated with a phone number where the parent/guardian or some responsible person can be reached in case of emergency or sudden illness. All emergency contact information should be updated by parents/guardians in Skyward at the beginning of each school year. If you are unable to access Skyward, please contact the front office of your school with updated emergency contact information.
Any illness or absence must be reported to the school office. Communicable diseases must be reported immediately. It is important that you keep children home if their temperature is at or above 100.4°. Written excuses and/or telephone messages must be brought to the teacher for all absences.
If your child suffers from any chronic or recurrent illness or physical defect of any kind, please report it to the office or the health center staff as well as the teacher. This reporting is helpful as it gives us information needed to help your student as much as possible.
Parents are encouraged to discuss with their child/children the importance of taking care of their health; that good health means healthy eating, exercise, and plenty of sleep. Discussion should include protecting oneself from blood-borne pathogens – to not touch blood, open sores, or any other bodily fluids or infectious material.
Some students have the right to carry medications; therefore, please discuss the importance of never taking another student’s medication or using their equipment.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
In order to protect the health and welfare of students, Indiana law (IC 34-30-14-1 et. seq.) and 511 IAC 7-21-8 requires that schools observe certain safeguards in the administration of medication. As a general matter, the school is not responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness. If medication is to be administered to a student at school, the following procedures must be observed.
A prescribing physician or practitioner must provide a written order stating the name of the student, the amount of medication to be administered, identification of the medicine, directions for proper administration of the medication, and the signature of the physician or practitioner.
Written consent of the parent/guardian for the school to administer a prescribed medication must be on file with the physician’s or practitioner’s written order.
The procedures for the transportation of medication to and from school for grades K-8 are found on the required medication forms, 5330 F/B and 5330 A/Y. Forms can be found on the Health Services webpage at www.msdwt.k12.in.us/health-services.
Both the physician’s or practitioner’s order and the written parent consent will be maintained on file at the school, and will be valid for CURRENT academic year.
Any withdrawal of consent to administer medication must be made in writing by the parent/guardian to the building principal.
Authorization to carry and/or self-administration of medication for acute and chronic diseases requires authorization on file. The authorization must include a physician’s statement that the student has an acute and/or chronic disease or medical condition for which the physician has prescribed medication; and the student has been instructed in how to self-administer the medication; and the nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the medication.
The statement must be filed for the current school year.
All medication must be given by school employees or persons designated by the school administrator, unless a completed Authorization to Carry and/or Self-Administer Form is on file for the current school year, all medications must be administered by properly trained personnel designated by the school.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to see that the student’s prescription is filled and brought to the office on a regular schedule so that his/her medical and educational needs are not disrupted. Both the physician’s or practitioner’s order and the written parent consent will be maintained on file at the school, and will be valid for the current academic year.
All medications held by the school must be picked up by the last day of school or they will be destroyed.
Written consent of the parent/guardian must be on file and shall contain the name of the student, identification of the medication to be administered, directions for administration of the medication, and the signature of the parent/guardian. Medicines must be in the original container.
Parental consent must be kept on file at the school and is valid for CURRENT academic year.
Any withdrawal of consent to administer medication must be made in writing by the parent/ guardian to the building principal.
All procedures pertaining to the administration of prescription medication shall apply to non- prescription medication.
For special education preschool and grades K-8, all medication held by the school must be picked up by the last day of school or it will be destroyed.
An accurate log of all medications administered to students must be maintained by school employees or designated persons responsible for administering medications.
STUDENTS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS
It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to provide necessary supplies for their student with a chronic health condition such as, doctor’s notes, medications, permission forms or medical equipment and/or supplies. If parent/guardian does not provide the necessary items, the school will implement procedures (Administrative Guideline 5335) up to and including: investigation by social worker, report to the Department of Child Services (DCS), and the student’s exclusion from school.
MANDATED HEALTH SCREENINGS
Vision Screening – Grades 1, 3, 5 and 8: Parents of those children who do not pass the screening will be notified by letter.
Any questions regarding school health services should be directed to the MSDWT Supervisor of Health Services, at (317) 259-5265 ext. 44017.