Nurse/ Health

Last Updated: 7/13/2020 11:53 PM

Crystal Everett

Phone: 229-903-3506

Fax: 299-903-3521

everettcr@lee.k12.ga.us

 

Student Health Info

General health information, information letters and individual health care plans can be located under the student health section.

Information letters and individual health care plans

Information letters and individual health care plans can be located under student health on the Lee County School System website.

What happens if my child gets sick or hurt at school?

Parents and/or guardians will be notified when a child is sick, complaining of continuous discomfort, or has fever over 100.4 degrees. In the event of an emergency and the parent or guardian cannot be found, an ambulance will be called, and any associated costs will be the parent’s responsibility.

If your child becomes sick at school, it is the parents’ or guardians’ responsibility to pick up their child promptly. The student will be counted absent from the time the parent is called. A doctor’s note may be required before a student is readmitted when there is a contagious disease involved.

 

Emergency Forms and Phone Numbers

All students must have a student heath card with emergency contact information where parents and/or guardians can be reached. It is crucial to have current phone numbers where the given contacts can be reached. Please notify the school immediately if there are any changes to the contact information or health information. Please provide names and phone numbers of persons who are allowed to pick up your child in case of illness or accident when you are unavailable. All information is confidential and used only by school staff in case of emergency.

Immunization Certificates

All students entering or attending Grades Pre-K through 12 in the Lee County School System are required to have a complete Georgia Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231) in accordance with Georgia Law, OCGA 20-2-771. All students must be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases as specified by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, or have medical or religious exemption on file at school.

 

School Medication Administration

The Lee County Schools Medication Policy will be followed for all medications given during school hours or school activities. The complete policy can be found on our website https://www.lee.k12.ga.us/content/student-health and in Lee County Schools Code of Student Conduct. 

Parents/guardians are encouraged to give medications at home whenever possible. If it is necessary for a student to take medication at school, the following procedures should be followed:

  • Please Do Not send medication to school that is ordered once/twice/three times per day unless the physician specifically states a time during the school day which it is to be given. An antibiotic that is to be given three times a day can be given before school, when the student gets home, and at bedtime.
  • If the medication is to be given daily at lunch, the physician must specifically state the time to be given on the prescription bottle.
  • The parent/guardian or student (age appropriate) must transport prescription medicines to the health clinic or main office of the school. If possible, please call or email nurse to schedule a time to bring in medications.
  • Prescription medications must be in the original prescription bottle, clearly labeled with the student’s name, physician’s name and contact information, medication name and strength, amount given per dose, route and time of administration, dispensing pharmacy. Over-the-counter medications must be in the un-opened original container. The school staff will have the right to refuse to give medication that is questionable or expired.
  • Narcotic and/or other prescription pain medications (e.g. Tylenol with codeine, hydrocodone, etc) will not be administered at school.
  • Any student possessing prescription or over-the-counter medication not in accordance with these guidelines will be considered in violation of the School District’s Code of Conduct and shall be subject to the discipline set forth in the code of conduct and/or the student handbook.
  • The prescribing physician and parent/guardian must complete an Authorization to Give medication at school form in order for school staff to administer medication.
  • The parent/guardian is responsible for notifying the school of any changes in the administration of medications.
  • If these procedures are not followed, medication may not be dispensed at school.
  • Unused medication will be disposed of unless picked up within one week after the medication is discontinued and/or at the end of the school year.

Self-administration of Medication at School

Georgia State Law authorizes student self-administration of certain medications and treatments (e.g., asthma inhalers, insulin, Epi-pen) at school, thus relieving the school district and its employees of any liability in connection with self-administration.

In order for a student to keep a medication in his/her possession the following must occur:

  • Written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Health Care Plan completed by physician stating that in the doctor’s professional opinion the student is fully capable to carry and administer the medication.
  • Health Care Plan completed by physician detailing the name and purpose of the medication prescribed dosage, and time(s) or special circumstances for administration of the medication.
  • Written authorization from the parent/guardian for the school to seek emergency medical treatment for the student when necessary.

Individual Health Care Plans 

If your child has a severe allergy, asthma, diabetes, seizures or other chronic health condition which may require nursing services, we request you and your child’s healthcare provider complete and sign a specific plan of care to assist us in caring for your child during the school day.  All forms are available on the website https://www.lee.k12.ga.us/content/student-health or from your School Nurse

 

Student Illness/Injury

The main reasons for keeping your child home are he/she’s too sick to participate comfortably at school or might spread a contagious disease to other students. If your child has been diagnosed with a contagious disease, please contact the school nurse so other students’ parents and school staff may be alerted of the symptoms. 

Students should stay home from school if there is: 

• Fever > 100.4°F (must be fever-free 24 hours without medication before returning to school, if source is non-COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms are subject to different guidelines. See next page) 

• Vomiting more than once 

• Diarrhea 

• Frequent cough 

• Persistent pain (ear, stomach, etc.) 

• Widespread rash 

• Chicken pox, until lesions have scabbed (usually 5-7 days) 

• Impetigo, Ringworm, or Scabies until under treatment and lesions covered at school 

• Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye, thick eye drainage and redness of the whites of the eyes) until under treatment

Regarding COVID-19:

If your child has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the school nurse so other students’ parents and school staff may be alerted of the symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 vary in severity and can include:

    • Fever (measured temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or you feel feverish)

    • Chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:

    • Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

    • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.

    • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention:

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

 

    • Trouble breathing

    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

    • New confusion

    • Inability to wake or stay awake

    • Bluish lips or face



*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Symptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 

    • can return to school after: 

      • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND, 

      • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared



Asymptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 

    • can return to school after:

      •  At least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and the person remains asymptomatic. 

      • Note, asymptomatic persons who test positive and later develop symptoms should follow the guidance for symptomatic persons above



Asymptomatic persons who have a known exposure to a person with COVID-19 without appropriate PPE 

    • can return to school after: 

      • After they have completed all requirements in the DPH guidance for persons exposed to COVID-19 found at https://dph.georgia.gov/contact 

      • Of note, if this person is tested for COVID-19 during the 14 day quarantine period, a negative test result would not change or decrease the time a person is monitored, but a positive test would move the person into one of the above categories, based on whether they are still asymptomatic or have developed symptoms.

 

 

Crystal Everett

Crystal Everett