Health and Medications Procedures

Contagious Illness/Communicable Disease:

Students will be excluded from school due to illness based upon recommendations of “Prevention and Control of Communicable Disease”. This complete manual is able to be viewed at www.dhss.mo.gov. Students will also be sent home from school if the following are present:

  • Diarrhea as defined by watery stools, decreased form of stool that is not associated with changes of diet. Students can return to school once the diarrhea subsides.
  • Fever as defined as any student with a temperature of 100.0 or greater. The student must remain home until he/she has been fever free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting – Students must remain home if they have had two or more episodes of vomiting in the previous 24 hours. Student should be excluded from school until vomiting stops or until a health care provider determines that the cause of vomiting is not contagious and that the child is not in danger of dehydration. 

Emergencies /Injury Guidelines:

Students who have a medical emergency or injury at school will be treated according to the “Emergency Guidelines for Schools and Child Care Facilities” manual. This manual is available in each school building and at www.dhss.mo.gov

Medication Guidelines:

Medications should be administered at home whenever possible. Medications prescribed for three times per day can generally be given before school, after school and at bedtime. If medications are given at school these guidelines must be followed.

  1. All medications (prescription and over the counter) must be prescribed by a physician either by a prescription or a written physicians order.
  2. A medication consent form must be signed by a parent/guardian for each medication.
  3. Medications should be brought to school by an adult and the first dose of any medication will not be given by the school.
  4. Medications must be in an original, current prescription bottle. Pharmacists will provide an extra labeled bottle for school doses.
  5.  Medications sent in envelopes, baggies, etc. will not be given.
  6. The prescription label must contain child’s name, name of medication, dosage, and directions (time of doses, etc.)
  7. Over the counter medications must be in the original container, with a written doctor’s order stating the student’s name, name of medication, dosage, directions, reason for giving medication and any contra indications.
  8. Expired medications will not be given. Prescriptions over thirty days old will not be given unless prescription indicates a two or three month supply.
  9. Parents must provide medications. Our schools do not stock medications.

All inhalers must be in the box with the RX label or an RX label directly affixed to the inhaler.

Since young children play in such close contact, it is very easy for them to pass diseases like a cold, flu, or bronchitis to each other. Help by keeping your child home if he/she is sick.

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