SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM
The main objective of the Dorchester County School District Two Health Program is to assist each student in achieving and maintaining optimal health so that maximal physical, social, emotional, and academic growth can occur.
School Health Room Operations
The Health Room is operated daily under the supervision of a registered nurse. The school nurse is responsible for maintaining a health record on all students.
The Health Room is designed to be an emergency station to care for minor illnesses or injuries that occur at school. Injuries or health concerns that occur outside of school should be treated at home or by your health care provider. The school nurse cannot diagnose or prescribe treatment. This is the responsibility of your family physician or health care provider.
There are times when a student should remain at home for his/her own welfare and for the protection of others.
In the event that a student becomes ill or injured and needs to go home, the persons listed on the health card will be contacted and expected to come for the child immediately. Also, there are times when it is necessary to verbally notify a parent or guardian about a situation. For this reason, please make sure the school has up-to-date phone numbers of those persons to be contacted in an emergency.
Student Health Services
Our school system recognizes that good physical health goes hand in hand with good academic performance. Health problems may prevent a child from achieving his/her fullest potential. Unfortunately, many such difficulties go undetected for years. Nurses are trained to do screening tests for vision, hearing, scoliosis and blood pressure problems, as well as, contagious diseases (such as head lice, chicken pox, impetigo, etc.). Should such screening detect a problem, parents will be notified for further follow-up.
Head Lice in School
According to Dorchester District Two Policy JLCC: If a teacher suspects a child of having head lice or nits, he/she will notify the school nurse or principal’s designee. If the student has an active infestation, school personnel will notify the parent/legal guardian by telephone or in writing with recommendations for treatment procedures.
Any student who is absent for more than three days to treat head lice or nits must present a doctor’s or nurse’s note for the days to be considered as excused absences.
Students having chronic illnesses or conditions that may affect them while at school should make sure that the nurse, guidance counselor, attendance secretary, and (when necessary) teacher(s) are aware of this condition. Parents are required to leave an emergency number where someone can be reached if necessary.
A medical health information card should be filled out on each child by the parent and updated as necessary during the school year. They are kept in the nurse’s office.
Individual Health Plans (IHPs)
Individual health care plans are also called individual health plans or IHPs. School nurses who are registered nurses write IHPs to guide how a student’s health care needs will be met while at school. The nurse works with the student, the student’s parents or legal guardians, the student’s health care provider, and other school staff to write the plan. IHPs are written for students who have special health care needs that must be met by school staff during the school day. IHPs are also written for students who have been approved by the school district to self-medicate or self-monitor. To learn more about IHPs, talk with your child’s school nurse or Director of Pupil Personnel Services.