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In order to provide the safest environment possible in the schools, the state of Tennessee requires proof of immunization. Please see the Required Immunizations as specified by law:

Also required by the State of Tennessee is proof of a physical exam for new students who have transferred from out-of-state. All of this information should be provided by your pediatrician on a required form available in Tennessee doctors' offices or at the Public Health Department.

Medication Policies and Forms

Student Medication Form: 
Any student needing to take either prescription or non-prescription medication at school must complete this form. A new form must be completed for each additional medication or change in dosage.
 
 
Forms are also available in each school nurse and area physicians' offices.

Health Information Form: This form is for clinic use and is also required. In the event of an emergency medical concern, this consent form will help our medical team serve our students in a more timely and thorough way.

 Individual Healthcare Plans:  Students with a chronic illness, such as asthma, diabetes, food allergies, and  seizure disorders,  are required to have an individualized healthcare plan (IHP).  Forms are available from the school nurse and area physician offices.  The forms include the physician order for any medications needed at school.

 

 boy golfing Sports Physicals:  A State Board of Education rule requires athletes to have a complete health maintenance exam also known as a "well-child check" or Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) exam prior to sports participation.  The health maintenance exam includes a thorough history, a physical exam, screening for hearing and vision, laboratory tests, immunizations and age-appropriate education. This complete health exam provides an opportunity to address issues vital to a student’s health. Students may obtain the comprehensive exam from their primary care provider, or if a child is uninsured, parents can inquire about eligibility for other health care programs like TennCare or Cover Kids. Detailed information on this physical can be found at the Department of Health’s Web site.

 


Things to remember as you send your child to school:

Include medical diagnosis, allergies, medications and other health information on your child's enrollment form. Always communicate with the clinic personnel any new medications, allergies, or diagnosis that occur during the year.

Prescription Medications: If your child will be taking prescription medication at school, a Student Medication Form must be completed. Both a parent's and a doctor's signatures are required for prescription medications to be dispensed at school.

Non-Prescription Medications: If your child will be taking non-prescription (over-the-counter) medication at school, a Student Medication Form must be completed and signed by the parent before it can be administered at school. The medication must be presented to the clinic personnel in an unopened bottle or package. Non-prescription medications include pain relievers, fever reducers, cough suppressants and topical antibiotics (e.g., Tylenol, Advil, Alleve, Tums, Neosporin, cortisone cream, etc.) and must be provided by the parent or parent designee for school use.

NEVER send medication on the bus! Medication, both prescription and non-prescription, must be brought to school in the original container with the student's name on the label by a parent or parent designee. If the medication is non-prescription, it must be new and sealed in the original store container.

Illness: Students who have a fever are often contagious. Please keep your child home if he or she:
  • has a temperature of 100 degrees or greater. Students may return to school after they have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication. 
  • is vomiting
  • has had more than one episode of diarrhea in a 24-hour time period
  • has a case of conjunctivitis (pink eye) with discharge from the eye
  • has an unexplained, significant rash. The child may not return to school without a doctor's verification that he/she is not contagious.
  • has an asthmatic episode that is unrelieved by medication.

Should any of the above occur during the school day, the student will be sent home.

Lice Prevention: In order to prevent the spread of lice, the FSSD has a "no nit" policy. If your child is sent home for lice, please treat the hair with a pediculocide and remove all nits before sending him back to school. You may also need to treat the home environment by washing bedding and other itrems in hot water.

If your child has special health concerns, needs medical procedures at school, or is not able to take medication on his/her own, please call Amy Fisher, R.N., at 794-4837.
 
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