School Nurse Frequently Asked Questions (Click on a question to view the answer.)
The nurse is available Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
The first day of school a completed immunization form will be required before your student can attend. September 30, 2013 is the day students will be required to stay home if their immunizations are not complete. We require proof of immunization from the doctor’s office or the Health Department. Immunizations can be faxed to LCA at 253-879-9706. Immunization requirements for Washington State can be viewed at http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/immunize/documents/vacreqschool10.pdf
Your pediatrician or family doctor can provide the necessary immunizations for your student. You can also get immunizations from the Mary Bridge Mobile Clinic. These immunizations are free. To view the schedule, go to www.multicare.org/marybridge/mobile-immunization-clinic. You must call to make an appointment at 403-1767 or 1-800-552-1419
The answer is NO! Cough drops are the only medication you can send to school with your child. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Claritin, and Tums can be given by the school nurse provided the parent has signed the permission form on the back of the emergency contact form. Elementary school parents will be contacted by phone before administering any medications.
Absolutely no prescription medications will be given to a student without a note from the doctor. Parents can call their doctor and ask the office to fax the school the doctor’s order for prescription medications (fax 253.879.9706). The prescription bottle is not considered a doctor’s order and will not be accepted. Once we have received the doctor’s order for the medication we will dispense the medication to your student. A doctor’s order is good for one school year and all doctors’ orders expire on the last day of school. We must receive a new doctor’s order form each school year. Medications cannot be stored over the summer. Parents must pick up their student’s medications on the last day of school or they will be disposed.
If your student needs prescription medication while on a school retreat you will still need to fax [253.879.9706] to the school a note from the doctor’s office. You must send the medication to school in the prescription bottle with the student’s name clearly printed on the bottle. This includes ADHD medications and inhalers for asthma. While on the retreat the medications will be dispensed by a staff member.
Any illness which causes the student to have a fever over 100F must be excluded from school. Any student with a fever over 100F must remain home until the student has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. No exceptions will be made to this policy.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, the school nurse will contact the parents to come pick up the student. Parents, please put the number of the nurse’s office in your cell phone so you will recognize the number when you are called [253.879.9715]. Parents must make arrangements to pick up their child within one hour of being notified. If the student drove a car to school, he or she must check out through the nurse’s office and the parent must give verbal approval for their student to drive home. All students who become ill during the school day must check out through the nurse’s office.
Any injury that occurs during the school day will be evaluated by the school nurse. First aid will be given immediately. The school nurse will evaluate whether or not it is necessary to send the student to their doctor or the emergency room. For any major injury, 911 will be called immediately and the student will be transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. The parent will be contacted immediately.
If lice or nits [the eggs from lice] are found in a student’s hair, the parent will be called and the student will be sent home immediately. Parents will be instructed to purchase RID or NIX at the pharmacy and to follow the instructions completely to treat their child at home. The student is allowed to return to school the next day provided the student has been treated with a lice eliminating product, and the parent is committed to combing the hair with a lice comb each night for several weeks.
MRSA [Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus] is a type of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Very often MRSA can look like a “spider bite” on the surface of the skin. If your student is diagnosed with MRSA by your child’s physician there is no need for alarm. The student will need to keep the wound covered at all times while participating in sports or attending school.