Health Policies: Including Illness, Injury, and Medication
State law requires that all students entering Good Shepherd School must present to the school a vaccination record showing that all vaccinations required by state law have been received by the student. These records must be on file by September 15th in order for the child to continue in school. If the record is not provided to the school office staff, the child will not be allowed to attend classes. Although not required, we would recommend a physical exam prior to school entrance so as to identify any physical impairment which could threaten student learning and safety. Good Shepherd School also requires completion of a Health Emergency Card for each student.
Illness and Injury:
In the event of illness, parents are frequently concerned about whether a student should stay home or attend school. The following information is intended as a guide to help with this decision.
In general, please do not send your child to school:
- If the child has or has had a temperature of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours
- If the child has vomitted or has had diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- If the child has open sores or a rash of unknown origin
- Redness, irritation, or discharge from the eye(s)
- Persistent cough or persistent runny nose
- After an illness until he/she has eaten and his/her temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours with out medication
In addition, please do not send your child to school if he/she has had a throat culture. Wait until you have received results and know that it is not strep throat. Please do not send your child to school until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment is started, and your child has a normal temperature for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
If a student is ill, please call the school each day to report the absence.
If a student has missed school because of illness, he/she will not be allowed to participate in any school activity that day or evening.
Injuries that may have occurred at home are the responsibility of the parents and will not be treated at school. Children are expected to participate in physical education and recess activities unless they have a health problem. A student may be excused from Phy Ed and/or recess for three days upon a parent’s written request. Beyond that, a note from a doctor is required.
In accordance with our health policy stated above, we require a Health Emergency Card completed for each student. If signs of illness or injury are detected during the school day, a parent is notified and is expected to pick up their child in the school office. If a parent cannot be located, the school will contact the designated person(s) on the child’s Health Emergency Card. If your work phone number or any emergency contact number changes during the school year, please notify the administrative assistant so the card can be updated. If a student must stay in for recess due to health concerns, a written note is necessary.
If a student requires any kind of medication (including inhalers and cough drops) during the school day, it will be administered only by school personnel and only with a written order and/or instructions from the child’s parent or physician. ANY medication, prescription or non-prescription, must be sent in its original container. Please ask the pharmacist for an extra labeled bottle for school.
Our Preferred Medication Administration Consent Form is included in the Fall Parent Packet and may be duplicated as needed. If you do not have the consent form, written instructions should include:
- Student’s name
- Name of the medication
- Preferred approximate time for administration
- Reason for medication
- Length of time or number of days to continue medication
Tylenol/Ibuprofen will NOT be administered unless we are instructed in writing.
It has been noted that some children are requesting juice in place of milk when buying hot lunch. While many students would prefer juice over milk, the state requires all students to take milk unless there is a dietary restriction against milk, i.e. lactose intolerance, etc. If a student has a dietary restriction, the state requires the school to have a written record of the restriction.
Good Shepherd School's policy concerning any kind of dairy restriction is to have the parents annually send in a note regarding the restriction signed by your family physician. Fruit juice can be provided at lunch time for students with a dairy restriction by the parent. Fruit juice CANNOT be offered simply because a student prefers it over milk.
Thank you for your help and understanding as we aim to comply with state regulations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jessica Ede at (763) 545 - 4285 ext. 825 or the cafeteria at (763) 545-4285 ext. 813.
Steve Kahn is our school's Consulting Psychologist (and has been for many years). He is available to students and parents, at parent request. His website (www.drstevekahn.com) has articles about children and parenting that are available to parents of Good Shepherd. Please feel free to contact him at any time with any questions you might have about your children or parenting and check out his website.