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 Laura Dickerson in the clinic.
To ensure 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 MEDICINE ON THE SCHOOL BUS!
- ALL medications (prescription and non-prescription) must be accompanied by a NOTE FROM THE PARENT. (The note should include the following information: Full name of student, name of medication, time to be given, amount to be given, date(s) to be given.) Medications required for more than one day must be accompanied by an Administration of Medication Request form. This form can be picked up in the clinic or via website.
- 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 GIVEN.
- 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 ONLY HAS TO BE GIVEN 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.
Student Illness or Injury
GCPS recommends that any students with flu-like symptoms be isolated until the parents can pick them up.
- Fever over 100 degrees
- Acute respiratory illness: sore throat, congestion, runny nose, or cough
Less common symptoms include:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Lack of appetite
Students should not be sent home on the bus if they have signs of flu-like symptoms.
Parents are encouraged when picking up a student with flu-like symptoms to contact their medical provider or the health department at (770) 339-4260 for additional guidance.
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.
Reasons to Keep Your Child Home from School
You should keep your child at home if he/she might spread an illness to other children. Children who are sick have a difficult time participating in class and learning.
Please make sure your child is symptom free (vomit/diarrhea/fever) free for 24 hours WITHOUT medications before you send them back to school.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH COVID-19. PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY AND CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR GUIDANCE.
SYMPTOMS OF COVID- 19 INCLUDE:
- Fever >100.4 or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If your child’s eye is red and there is yellow or cloudy drainage, he/she should stay at home until symptoms are gone or once treatment begins.
If your child has scabies, your child should stay home for 24 hours after treatment. Scabies is a contagious disease caused by a mite. Itching and a rash will be noted.
If your child has live lice, keep him home and treat, making sure all live lice are eliminated. Nit removal will need to be done daily as needed. Contact your school for more information.
Your child should stay at home until all bumps are scabbed and no new bumps have shown up for two days. Since most students have been immunized against chickenpox, call your doctor if there are any questions regarding this diagnosis.
If your child complains of a stomach ache and says it hurts to move and he cannot eat, he should stay at home. If this is a continuous problem, you may need to call your child’s doctor.
Persistent Ear Pain
If ear pain is severe, keep your child home from school. If the ear pain is mild and he will not have difficulty concentrating in class, he may go to school.
If your child has impetigo (red, oozing blister areas with yellow-gold scabs on the body or face), he should stay home until active lesions are gone or after 24 hours on antibiotics.
Other Contagious Illness:
Please consult with a Health care provider if your child has any contagious illness and notify your child’s school immediately.
When there is doubt in your mind about sending your child to school, consult your child’s doctor.
Make sure that your child’s school knows how to reach you during the day. Remember to update your phone contact numbers throughout the school year.
Resources: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; American Academy of Pediatrics