Info from the School Nurse
Dorchester District Four Nurses' Corner
The nurse's office is for caring for injuries that occur at school and minor illnesses. Our main goal is to optimize student health and enhance learning. To learn you must be present! If your child does not have a fever and is not throwing up they will not be sent home, however a parent may be called to bring Over the counter medication.
** PLEASE MAKE THE SURE THE SCHOOL NURSE HAS CURRENT PHONE NUMBERS SHOULD WE NEED TO CONTACT YOU.
** INJURIES OR HEALTH CONCERNS THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL SHOULD BE TREATED AT HOME OR BY YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. The school nurse cannot diagnose or prescribe treatment. This is the responsibility of your family physician or health care provider.
- WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL? Students should remain at home to prevent the spread of germs or illness to others. Some examples of when students should stay home are: Vomiting, Diarrhea, Fever Of 100.0 Degrees Or Over within the last 24 hours, Flu, Chicken Pox, Shingles, Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease, Head Lice, Impetigo. Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis. For a full list, Please refer to SC DHEC School Exclusion List at http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/ChildTeenHealth/SchoolExclusion/.
- 24 HOUR RULE OF THUMB: Please keep your child home for at least 24 hours if he/she has vomited, had diarrhea, or had a fever greater than 100.0 degrees (without any fever reducing medication such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen). A student must be without a fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
- If your child has a fever, please do not given them Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or Ibuprofen and then send them to school. This only spreads germs and we will be calling you again to come pick them up from school.
- Students must have a "pass" from their teacher to be seen in the nurse's office. This is for safety and accountability.
If there are any changes in the emergency contact numbers, please let the school know; as that is the only way we have to contact you. Please contact the school to update your School Emergency Contact Form and Health History & Consent Form.
ALLERGIES: If your child has an allergy, please bring a list of allergies from the doctor. If your child has a FOOD allergy, you must have a doctor's note before any meal substitutions are allowed.
IMMUNIZATIONS: All students must have a current SC DHEC Immunization Certificate of Immunization on file to attend school. All students entering Kindergarten must have all 4 year old shots for school attendence. All rising 7th graders must show proof of having the Tdap booster before they are allowed to attend school.
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL FOR DORCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUR
1. Medications are to be brought to the school by a parent/guardian. All CONTROLLED medications are counted in the presence of the parent/ guardian and the parent/guardian must sign acknowledging that the count is correct. Medications are not to be sent by students and will not be sent home by students. Students will also be required to sign for medications every time they are administered to the student.
2. Any prescription or over the counter medication brought to school by the parent must be in its original container and labeled with the student's name.
3. Written permission is required from the parent and the doctor prescribing the medication. Over the counter medications also require a doctor's order. The school permission for medication form will be completed by the parent and also requires the doctor's signature that prescribed the medication. A copy of the prescription may also be accepted. The permission for medication form is available online at the district's website and will be placed in local doctor's offices. Click here to access the online Medication Permission Form.
4. When changes are made in medication, dosage, or time, a statement from the prescribing doctor must be provided to the school before this change is made at school.
5. The first dose of a medication that a student has not taken before should be given by the parent/guardian at home so that the student can be monitored closely for side effects.
6. Medication permission forms and medication orders must be updated at the beginning of each new school year and when changes are made to the student's medication.
7. Medications should be picked up by the parent/guardian at the end of the school year. Medications not picked up will be discarded.
Questions or Concerns? Contact your child's school nurse as needed.
Barbara "Sims" Weathers, RN Clay Hill Elementary School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darlene Horne, LPN Harleyville Elementary /Harleyville Ridgeville Middle School Email: email@example.com
Jessica Stickles, RN Williams Memorial Elementary School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Judy, RN, Lead Nurse St. George Middle School Email: email@example.com
Wendy Mims, RN Woodland High School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org