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Managing illness at school

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Hand Washing 
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When to Stay Home 
Head Lice Update 
Head lice can affect 6-12 million school-age children in the United States every year.  Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics has shown that by the time a case of lice has been discovered, the child has had lice for a few weeks.  Parents, teachers and health care professionals must work together as a team to prevent the spread of head lice in Lorain County school children.  Children are especially vulnerable to lice which is why we encourage parents to be proactive as we work to prevent lice. 

How Do We Prevent the Spread of Head Lice?

=         Teach your child not to share hats, combs, headbands, etc.

=         Check and comb your child’s head at least once a week and after playdates/sleepovers to screen for lice. Combing is a healthy hygiene measure that provides an opportunity to screen your child for head lice before lice become a problem in your home.  

=         If head lice is found, check everyone in the home and only treat those who are found to have live lice or nits that are found less than ½” from the scalp.

=         Like with any other absence, if a child misses school due to head lice, the absence must be reported to the school.

Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions regarding head lice or for a list of available resources.

 School Immunization Requirements for 2020-21

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:

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 varicella (chickenpox).

Grades 1-6: same requirements as for Kindergarten

Grades 7-11: Grades K-6 requirements plus Tdap (DPT booster) and MCV (meningococcal vaccine)

Grade 12: Grades 7-11 requirements plus MCV after age 16.

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!

Lorain County Public Health, 9880 S. Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035 is now offering immunizations (also known as vaccines) Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. A full vaccine clinic schedule is available at http://www.LorainCountyHealth.com. Appointments are encouraged, although walk-ins are accepted.

Call 440-284-3206 for information or to make an appointment for both 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.

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

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Overnight Field Trips

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), bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol), and topical diphenhydramine (Benadryl cream). Please complete the permission form for these four 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 FIVE 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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