General Information


Prescribed medication should not be taken during school hours if it is possible to achieve the medical regimen at home during other than school hours. Non-prescribed medication will not be encouraged during school hours.

However, should a student’s condition necessitate the administration of medication during school hours, the nurse must be contacted, and the medication, in the original pharmacy container, with physician’s written orders, must be maintained by the nurse in the health office.

When Students Get Sick At School

When students are feeling ill, they should report as soon as possible to the Health Office to be assessed by the School Nurse. Students may NOT contact their parents directly to be dismissed when they are ill. They MUST be dismissed through the Health Office so that symptoms can be documented for data collection.

Parents are encouraged to communicate any health-related issues concerning their son/daughter to the nurse, and may be assured that all such information will be kept confidential.

Hospital Treatments

All students should have a signed student information form on file with the school nurse to ensure prompt treatment at a hospital, in the event of an emergency when a parent cannot be reached.

Chronic Conditions and Life-Threatening Allergies (LTAs)

Some students may have chronic conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, or life-threatening allergies (LTAs) that may trigger very acute anaphylactic reactions. A list of students with LTAs is kept current every semester by the Nurse’s Office. With prior parental permission, a medical alert may be sent to staff to identify students who have a condition with potentially severe health risks.

Other Health Office Services

The Health Office also assists students in achieving optimum levels of wellness by providing resources for health education, teaching basic principles of health formally and informally with individual students, in small groups, or in classroom presentations.