Health Program / Medication

All children are expected to have a complete physical examination upon entrance into Kindergarten, third and sixth grades. The form for these will be given out from the school office. These are to be completed and returned before classes begin in the fall.

 
The State of Missouri requires all students attending a public, private, or parochial school to have MINIMUM IMMUNIZATIONS against rubella, measles, whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, and hepatitis B. If these are not current, a child will not be admitted to school.

 
Current health records must be maintained.

 
If your child is transferring from another school, his/her health records should accompany the cumulative record; however, the immunization record should be submitted before the start of school.

 
The Health Room is staffed by a qualified nurse who is on duty from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Health records are maintained for all students. The Health Room is located on the upper level near the school office. When the nurse is not on duty, the staff assumes the responsibility to care for illnesses and injuries. All teachers receive general first aid training on a regular basis.

 
Communications about health concerns as well as all medications that need to be dispensed must come directly to the school office. If your child has a specific physical problem, such as hearing, sight, speech, allergy, etc., please notify the homeroom teacher in writing at the beginning of the school year or when the problem is discovered. This prevents many problems, and it is necessary for parents to do this every year since your child’s teacher changes each year.

 

Any time a child visits the Health Room, he/she will receive a special form from the nurse. This form is to be taken home, signed by a parent, and returned to school with the child. This will keep you informed regarding your child’s visits to the Health Room.

 
Children MUST be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

 
When picking up your child from the Health Room, please enter through the front foyer doors and proceed to the Health Room.

 
If it becomes necessary for a student to limit physical activity during the school day, PE only, or at recess for an extended period of time, a physician’s note to that effect must be sent to the office. A physician’s release form indicating that the student may resume normal activity will also be required. Notes should not be sent directly to the PE teacher.

 
Students with Significant Medical Conditions (Archdiocesan policy 4401.6) states that a student enrolled in a Catholic school who has a significant or potentially life threatening medical condition may require special consideration. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School will take steps to obtain the information necessary to understand the condition, its manifestations in the school setting, and any specific adjustments or plans for an emergency response, which may be necessary in order to provide the student with a healthy and safe environment.

 
If you feel that your child has a special medical need, please call the school office directly. After pertinent information is provided by the parents and the student’s physician, a plan of accommodations that may need to be considered or provided will be put into place. All appropriate staff will be informed of the special health plan. Any additional reasonable staff training to assure the physical well being of the student will occur.