No child is to carry medications on his or her person or transport them on the bus. Concerns regarding epi-pens or inhalers should be communicated to Molly Gautreaux in the clinic.
To insure the safety of all students at our school, the following guidelines must be followed when medications are sent to school.
- ALL medications (prescription and non-prescription) must be taken directly to the clinic for safe keeping. The medication must be brought in by a parent or guardian only. Students are not allowed to bring medicine to school. Do not send medication on the school bus!
- Parent/legal guardian must provide a completed Administration of Medication Request Form to the school prior to administration of any medication during school hours.
- ALL medications must be in the original, child-proof container. Prescription medication must be in labeled prescription bottle with correct dosing information. Medications stored in envelopes, baggies, etc., will not be accepted or administered.
- Administration of prescription and over-the-counter medicine (even for a short period of time) is discouraged. Parents should check with their physician regarding the need for medications to be administered during school hours. Medications prescribed for three times daily can be given before school, after school, and at bedtime. There should be no need to send medication that need to be given only once or twice daily.
- Medication must be picked up at the end of the year by a parent (guardian) or it will be disposed of by the school.
- The clinic does NOT provide Tylenol, Advil, antacids, cold medications or any other type of medication for students.
GCPS requires students with medical conditions to have a plan on file. Students with allergies, asthma or seizures will need to fill out the appropriate medical form. There is also a form for students needing any type of injection. All students with medical conditons will need a completed Medical Administration form.
Student Illness GuidelinesK.E. Taylor Elementary School's goal is to prevent absenteeism to ensure a successful academic year. Although, for the safety and well being of all the children of Taylor Elementary, we strive to prevent the spread of infection among our student body. To help you determine if your child should be absent from school, here are a few GCPS clinic guidelines:Fever: If temperature is 100 degrees or higher, with or without symptoms, a parent will be notified and the student needs to go home. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication (i.e., Motrin, Ibuprophen, Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Advil).Diarrhea and vomiting: If your child has one episode of loose stool and/or vomiting and appears to feel well, it may not be necessary for your child to be sent home. If your child has recurring loose stools and/or vomiting, the child should remain at home unless the condition is determined to be non-communicable by a physician.Medications: Whenever possible, medications should be given at home, before or after school. Medications given at school must be administered in the clinic. Medications must be in the original container and require an “Administration of Medication” form, signed by the parent. All medications must be brought to the clinic by the parent! Student transportation of medication is not allowed due to the potential for bullying and sharing on the way to school!SIGNS OF ILLNESS AND REASONS TO EXCLUDE FROM SCHOOL:
For any other questions or concerns, please call the clinic at 770-338-4683.
- Fever of 100 degrees or higher with or without symptoms (without the use of anti- fever medication)
- More than one episode of vomiting, diarrhea or severe abdominal pain in one day
- White of eyes are pink or red with yellow drainage/matting
- Any open sore oozing fluid or pus
- A rash with fever or signs of illness
- Suspected impetigo, lice or scabies that is not being treated
Flu Prevention Tips
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact our school clinic. Further information will be provided as it is available.