The school works under the direction of the Public Health Nurse and the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services in securing and recording health information. The school maintains cumulative health records, screening results and immunizations for each student. In assessing the health of each student, the school operates the following program:
- Secures forms from kindergarten and seventh grade students indicating the results of a medical examination by a physician.
- Recommends dental examination yearly.
- Does audio screening for students in Kindergarten through eighth grades.
- Does vision screening, height and weight screenings for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
- Minimal recommendation for scoliosis screenings are that girls in grades six and eight are screened and that boys in eighth grade are screened. Also, siblings of known scoliosis patients, students with previously noted deviations, and any student upon parent or school or individual request are to be screened. (Taken from Guidelines for School Health Services for Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department.)
Any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day must comply with school regulations. These include:
- All medications must be kept in the school office. (This includes aspirin, other over-the-counter medicines and inhalers.)
- Medication must be brought to school in the original container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician.
- Written permission from the parent or guardian must accompany the medication, including the student’s name, name of the medication with dosage, frequency, time of administration, date of the order and discontinuation date.
- First aid administered by office staff includes band-aids, ice packs and antibiotic ointment or first aid spray as deemed necessary. Parents/guardians are asked at the start of each school year to indicate objections to these standard procedures.
- The Public Health Nurse recommends that students absent due to fever remain out of school 24 hours after their fever is gone.