Health Program / Medication

All children are expected to have a complete physical examination upon entrance into the Preschool program.

 

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.

 

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

 
Staying at home at the first sign of illness is important. Under no circumstances will parents be allowed to bring sick children into the classroom. Children who are sick pose the risk of spreading their illness to other children, staff, parents, and other families.

 

Fever indicates active infection and AUTOMATICALLY restricts Preschool attendance.

 

A CHILD MUST BE FEVER-FREE FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE RETURNING TO PRESCHOOL.

 

Vomiting or diarrhea also indicate active infection and AUTOMATICALLY restricts Preschool attendance.

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

 
Adhering to the above policies helps our staff maintain a healthy, safe environment for all of our students. When a student returns to Preschool following an illness, please send a note explaining the nature of the illness.

 
Medications

 
The Archdiocese of St. Louis provides a detailed Health Manual with many policies, procedures, and regulations that need to be followed.

 
Preschool personnel will not dispense prescription medication of any kind to a student without:
a. the direct order of a licensed physician, signed and properly filed with the school nurse
b. written permission of the parent which must accompany this order

 

A current prescription label on a container may serve as a physician’s order. Prescription medication must be brought to the Health Room in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy. Non-prescription medicine should be in the original container. The parent should have two containers: one for home and one for the Health Room.

 
Non-prescription medication will be administered only if:
a. written or verbal permission is given by a parent
b. brought in an original container

 

Preschool personnel will not administer the first dose of any medication.

 

A parent may not give permission to administer medication differently than the physician’s order.

 

A parent may not request that medicine prescribed for one child be used for another child in the family. The school nurse may request from the parent the right to call a physician to clarify a medication order.