ADMINISTERING MEDICINES TO STUDENTS
Henry County Public School personnel may give prescription medication to students only with a physician’s written order and written permission from the student’s parent or guardian. Such medicine must be in the original container and delivered to the principal, school nurse or school division designee by the parent/guardian of the student.
Henry County Public School personnel may give nonprescription medication to students only with the written permission of the parent or guardian. Such permission shall include the name of the medication, the required dosage of the medication, and the time the medicine is to be given. Such medicine must be in the original container and delivered to the principal, school nurse or school division designee by the parent/guardian of the student.
Self-administration of any medication with the exception of asthma medication as discussed below, is prohibited for students in grades kindergarten through eight.
Students in grades nine through twelve may be allowed to possess and self-administer non-prescription medicine if:
· written parental permission for self-administration of specific non-prescription medication is on file with the school;
· the non-prescription medication is in the original container and appropriately labeled with the manufacturer’s directions;
· the student’s name is affixed to the container; and
· the student possesses only the amount of non-prescription medicine needed for one school day/activity.
Sharing, borrowing, distributing, manufacturing or selling any medication is prohibited. Permission to self-administer non-prescription medication may be revoked if the student violates this policy and the student may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Standards of Student Conduct.
Conjunctivitis is commonly referred to as pink-eye. There are three types of pink-eye: allergic, infectious (bacterial) and viral. Physical symptoms include: redness of whites of eyes, purulent or watery discharge, redness and/or swelling of the eyelids, itching and rubbing of the eyes, light sensitivity, and crusts in inner corners of the eyes, especially on waking.
Children should not be excluded from school if associated with the common cold or allergies. All children who have pink-eye and are infectious must be excluded from school until treatment has begun as ordered by a physician.
Children with ringworm must be excluded from school until properly treated. Ringworm of the body or face may be treated with an over - the - counter antifungal medication. Once treatment has begun, the student may return to school.
Children with ringworm of the scalp must seek medical attention and may not return to school until school personnel receives a note from the child's physician stating that the student may return.
Henry County Schools has a "No-Nit" Policy which means that no child will be allowed to remain in school with nits (lice eggs) in his/her hair.
ü Pyrethrin solution (Nix, RID); apply 1 - 2 ounces to dry hair and allow to remain for 10 minutes (or according to packaging instructions). May apply olive oil or mayonnaise to the hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for at least 2 hours.
ü Thoroughly moisten hair all the way down to scalp with medication. Follow with thorough wash and rinse of hair.
Before treatment, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advise of your child's physician before using an over-the-counter lice preparation on your child's head.
Whenever it is discovered that a child has head lice, the following procedures need to be implemented.
ü If the child has head lice, he must be sent home with the letter that has been provided by the school nurse listing procedures for the parents/guardians to follow in order to get rid of head lice.
ü On the day that the child returns to school, his hair must be checked to insure that he has been properly treated. An empty container brought to the school by the child should serve as proof of proper treatment. The nits will easily slide off the hair shaft once the treatment has been done.
ü The child may not return to school until he/she is "nit free." If the student has nits, he/she is to be sent home immediately with instructions on nit removal.