Ursula M. Ferrari, R.N., B.S.N.
Joan T. Holveck, R.N., B.S.N
The Nurse’s Office is open Monday‐Friday, 8:10 am ‐ 2:00 pm. The office is closed after 2:00 pm except for medical emergencies. Our phone number is (302) 571‐5423. Our fax number is (302) 571-5843. Our email addresses are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medications prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider may be administered to students by the school nurse under the following conditions:
- Written request received from the parent/guardian
- The medication must be brought to school in the original container that is properly labeled with the student’s name, the licensed health care provider’s name, medication name, the dosage, how and when it is to be administered, the name and phone number of the pharmacy and the current date of the prescription
- Any allergies are noted
- The prescription and the medication shall be current and long term prescriptions shall be reauthorized at least once a year
- A daily log shall be kept which shows the student’s name, time, and date of administration
- Please note that, if the medication that you send in for your child, does not meet ALL of the above criteria for labeling and proper parent note, the medication WILL NOT BE GIVEN. The medication will be sent home with your child. NO Exceptions will be made. We cannot accept telephone permission to administer medication.
The nurse’s office routinely stocks acetaminophen, ibuprofen, generic Midol, and Tums. Students must have written permission each year on the emergency treatment form granting permission for the school nurse to administer the medications listed above if needed. Non‐prescription medications may be administered by the school nurse after the nurse assesses the complaint and the symptoms to determine if other interventions can be used before medication is administered. If a student needs any other type of over‐the‐counter medications during the school day that medication needs to be brought into the nurse’s office in the original unopened container with a note from the parent/guardian stating the dosage, time, and reason for medication.
ASTHMA INHALERS AND EPI‐PENS:
Students are permitted to have discretionary use and possession of an asthmatic quick-relief inhaler or auto-injectable epinephrine with an individual prescription label. Students must have asthma and/or allergy action plan signed by the healthcare provider and a release form for student possession of inhaler and/ or Epi-pen signed by student and parent on file with the school nurse. It is highly recommended that students keep back‐up inhalers and Epi‐pens in the nurse’s office.
- YOUR STUDENT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND FIELD TRIPS UNLESS THE SELF-ADMINISTER MEDICATION FORM AND ASTHMA AND ALLERGY ACTION PLANS ARE ON FILE IN THE NURSE’S OFFICE.
EARLY DISMISSAL DUE TO ILLNESS:
Students may not call their parents during the course of the day to go home due to illness. They must come to the Nurse’s Office where they will be assessed. The nurse will then contact the parent/guardian if early dismissal due to illness is indicated.
Parents may report absences by calling the Attendance Office at (302) 571‐5449. Students must have a note upon return. If there is an extended absence due to illness or injury, please make the nurses aware, by calling (302) 571-5423.
Any student trying out for a high school sport in the State of Delaware must have a Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association DIAA Physical Examination Form for sports on file with the school. DIAA regulations state that:
The original DIAA form will be kept in the nurse’s office. DIAA forms are good for the entire school year and multiple sports. They must be repeated every year and dated after APRIL 1st. STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TRY‐OUT, PRACTICE, SCRIMMAGE, OR COMPETE WITHOUT A PHYSICAL ON FILE. Doing so is not only a violation of the DIAA regulations, but places your school in an extremely tenuous legal position and may place your child at risk if not medically cleared. Physicals may be obtained from your family physician or at the School-Based Health Center, free of charge. If you go to your family physician, take the DIAA form with you. They must use that form.
- Do not wait until the last minute. Schedule at least 2 months ahead of time with your family MD or a few weeks ahead of time with the School-Based Health Center, 302-576-8080.
- Make a copy and keep it for your personal records.
- DO NOT hand over the original physical to the coach. Forms must go to the school nurse or athletic director where they will be filed.
- Make sure the parental section is filled out completely; page 1, sign all 5 places and date, page 2 fill out completely and both athlete and parent sign at the bottom of the page, page 3 filled out by a physician, page 4, section 1, 2 and 3 filled out by a parent and signed by parent and athlete, section 4 must be signed by a physician also!
- Any physical form that is in‐complete will not be placed on the eligibility list.
- Have students bring glasses/contacts to the physical exam if they wear them.
All sports-related injuries need to be reported to the athletic trainer and the school nurse, as soon as possible. Medical documentation of injuries must be given to the athletic trainer and the school nurse. Any student, who has a sports/related injury must be cleared by their physician before they will be allowed to participate, again. Notes of clearance should be brought in to the nurse’s office.