A school nurse assigned to Terrace is available 5 days a week for emergencies. The school nurse, principal, and secretaries are responsible for the services of the school clinic. When a child is ill, his/her temperature is taken and the nature of the discomfort is determined. If the temperature is above 100.4, parents are contacted to come and pick up their child. The child must be out of school for 24 hours after a fever or after vomiting. In the case of a minor accident, first aid is administered. In the event of a serious accident or injury, parents are quickly notified and necessary emergency personnel are contacted.
Medication: Parents of any student who must take prescription or nonprescription medicine during the school day must complete a Parent Physician Request for Administration of Medication form. These forms are available in the clinic. The nurse or office staff will administer the medication at the proper times.
1. All medication must be kept in the school clinic. The first dose of a new prescription must be administered to the student by the parent who then must stay with the student for 30 minutes.
2. All prescription medication must have a prescription label bearing the student's name, the name of the drug, and instructions for dosage.
3. Non-prescription medicine must be in a properly labeled, original container including the student's name, the name of the drug, and explicit instructions for giving. Non-prescription medicine may be kept in the clinic for 10 days; after that, a note or fax from the doctor is required.
4. A medication request form signed by a parent or guardian must accompany all medications. Medication forms are available from the nurse. Medication must be brought to school by the parent not the student.
5. Any unused medication shall be destroyed two weeks after last dosage if not otherwise instructed by the parent. The parent may pick up medication in the clinic. Medication will not be sent home with the student.
6 In general, students may not keep inhalers in the classroom for usage. All inhalers must be kept in the school clinic and administered in the presence of a nurse or staff member in the clinic.
RISD administration has directed all school nurses in the District to strictly adhere to this policy. Medication brought to school without the proper authorization will not be given by school personnel. A child who is ill or whose temperature is abnormal or has been abnormal in the last 24 hours should not attend school.
Joy Browne, RN, BSN
Richardson Terrace Elementary School