Safety & Wellness
The FLSD works with two health professionals to meet the needs of our students.

 
 
 
 
Mrs. Linda Matus, RN, BSN
School Nurse
 
 
 
 
  
  
Mrs. Marie Browning, RN, BSN
School Nurse
mbrowning@firelandsschools.org
 
Immunizations
Immunization Information
 School Immunization Requirements for 2017-18
January 5, 2017

It is not too soon to be thinking ahead to next school year. If your child will be entering school for the first time, or after attending school elsewhere, please be sure to check that he/she is in compliance with State of Ohio immunization requirements before the school year begins.

Kindergarten – once your child has reached age 4, s/he can complete all required immunizations for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT), polio (IPV), hepatitis B (HBV), measles mumps, rubella (MMR), and chickenpox. If possible, have them done and bring a copy of the record to Kindergarten registration in March 2017.

Grades 1-6 – same requirements as for Kindergarten

Grades 7-8 – Grades K-6 requirements plus Tdap (DPT booster) and MCV (meningococcal vaccine)

Grades 9-11 – Grades K-6 requirements plus Tdap (received in 7th grade or later)

Grade 12 – Grades 9-11 requirements plus MCV (must be received at age 16 or older)

Remember to bring your child’s immunization records with you when you go to your healthcare provider or clinic. Please send a copy of the immunization record to the school nurse in your child’s building, being sure your child’s name is on it. Don’t forget to keep a copy for yourself!

The Lorain County General Health District (LCGHD) is now offering immunizations by appointment. Call 440-284-3206 to make an immunization appointment for children and adults. Bring all immunization records, insurance cards, and cash or check; although some children may be eligible for discounts under the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 
Meningococcal vaccine newly required for students entering 7th and 12th grades starting Fall 2016
 
For students entering 12th grade Fall 2016:
Per the Ohio Revised Code 3701.13, all students entering 12th grade beginning the 2016-17 school year are required to have a written record on file at school of having received a dose of Meningococcal vaccine.  The school must have written proof of these immunizations on file by the 14th day of school or be subject to exclusion.
 

If your child has already had this vaccine please contact your health care provider for your child’s immunization record showing this vaccine date (must have been age 16 or older), make a copy of the record and send it to the school.

If your child has not had a Meningococcal vaccine, you may obtain it from your health care provider or other community providers such as the Lorain County General Health District. You can schedule an appointment by calling 440-284-3206.

Note: Ask your provider about additional vaccines that are recommended for children ages 11-19 such as 2nd dose of varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis A and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

Proof must be provided to the school for the Meningococcal vaccine.

 

For students entering 7th grade Fall 2016:

Per the Ohio Revised Code 3701.13, all students entering 7th grade are required to have a written record of having received a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and a dose of Meningococcal vaccine. The school must have written proof of these immunizations on file by the 14th day of school or be subject to exclusion.

You may obtain the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine from your private physician or other community providers. These vaccines are also available from the Lorain County General Health District. Please call for an immunization appointment - 440-284-3206.

Note: Ask your provider about additional vaccines that are recommended for children ages 11-19 such as 2nd dose of varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis A and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

Proof must be provided to the school for the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine.

Please contact your health care provider for your child’s immunization record showing this vaccine date. If your child has not had a Meningococcal vaccine, you may obtain it from your health care provider or other community providers such as the Lorain County General Health District. You can schedule an appointment by calling 440-284-3206.

Note: Ask your provider about additional vaccines that are recommended for children ages 11-19 such as 2nd dose of varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis A and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

Proof must be provided to the school for the Meningococcal vaccine.

    
 
The Lorain County General Health District (LCGHD) is now offering immunizations by appointment in order to make it easier for Lorain County residents to get vaccinated.

Call 440-284-3206 to make an immunization appointment for children and adults. Bring all immunization records, insurance cards, and cash or check; although some children may be eligible for discounts under the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please click on the flyer for additional information:

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Medication Guidelines for Overnight Field Trips

Provided  Over-the-Counter Medication: For students who do not regularly take medication, but may develop stomach upset or another ache or pain during the trip, three common over-the-counter medications are provided by the school on an “as needed” basis: acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and bismuth salicylate (Pepto Bismol). Please complete the permission form for these three medications indicating whether your child may take any of these during the trip.

Not Provided Over-the-Counter Medication: example – allergy medication, motion sickness medication. (Please: no acetaminophen, ibuprofen or bismuth salicylate – they are provided) Dosage may not exceed package labelling (if it does, it becomes a prescription medication – see below). A Parent’s Request for Over the Counter Medication Administration form must be completed for each medication.

Prescription Medication: a Prescription Medication Administration Record must be completed by both the prescribing healthcare provider and the parent FOR EACH MEDICATION. Example: student takes two different prescription medications at the same time OR takes Medication 1 at breakfast and bedtime, and Medication 2 at dinner – in each case, this will be 2 different forms. This would include insulin orders outside the usual school day, antibiotics, over-the-counter medication in dosage that exceeds package labelling, ADHD medication, etc.

Prescription medication already on file at the school “as needed”: examples - epinephrine autoinjectors, asthma inhalers, glucagon, migraine medications – if the school already has such a Prescription Medication Administration Record on file, that order does apply to any field trip (including those longer than the regular school day, including overnight trips); no further paperwork is needed. The medication in the school office will be taken on the field trip. Note: TWO epinephrine autoinjectors are required to go on the trip.

Prescription medication already at school: If a student receives a daily prescription medication at school, and during the field trip, the time it is to be administered is EXACTLY the same (example – at lunchtime), no further paperwork is needed; medication and paperwork from the school office will be taken on the field trip. HOWEVER, if that same medication is to be administered outside the usual school hours (example – at breakfast, at dinner, at bedtime), a new Prescription Medication Administration Record will need to be completed.

How to provide medication:

When: paperwork must be in at least TWO WEEKS before the first day of the field trip; can send medication at that time also, but must be at least two days before field trip

How: an adult must bring medication to school in ORIGINAL packaging, smallest container possible, please. (Sometimes, pharmacist will create a smaller bottle with current label for prescriptions.) If half-pills are required, parent must split them.

How much: maximum number of doses for entire trip PLUS ONE.

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