Nurse's Office

Notes From The Nurse

Hello, my name is Heather Cox and I am your Warrenton High School Nurse. I have recently just graduated nursing school in the spring of 2010 and honored to be your child’s school nurse. I am looking forward to many years of providing quality nursing care in first aid, emergency care and administration of daily prescription and nonprescription medications to all students who are in need of it.

The nurse’s office hours are 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Any medication not picked up the last day of school will be destroyed. Listed below is some important information about when to send your kids to school, immunization information, and medication administration information. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 636-456-5802 ext. 2327.

When should my child stay home from school?
It is very important that we prevent the spread of communicable disease. Before returning to school:
Students should be fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications.
Students should be free of continuous coughing.
Students should remain at home until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. Students should remain home for 24 hours after taking the first dose of antibiotic for an infection.

According to Missouri State Law, it is unlawful for any child to attend any public schools in this state while afflicted with any contagious or infectious disease, or while liable to transmit such a disease after having been exposed to it.
Because of all the infectious disease germs around us, it is particularly important to practice good hygiene such as hand washing and to not eat or drink after each other.

Immunization Clinics
Immunizations are available through your private physician, local resources and the Warren County Health Department. For more information please call (636)456-7474.
Warren County Health Department
104 West Main
Room OW23
Warrenton, MO 63383

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to any clinic sponsored by the Warren County Health Department to sign the permission form for the immunizations. In the event a parent or legal guardian cannot be present, please call the Warren County Health Department at (636)456-7474. You must also take your child’s updated immunization records with you to the clinic. Employment and services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.

Medication Policy
The Health Services Department of the Warren County R-III School District is dedicated to providing the most appropriate services to the students of the district. Many students are able to attend school because of the effective use of medications in the treatment of illness and disabilities. Some medication regimens necessitate the administration of medication during school hours. Safe and effective administration of medication, therefore, requires adherence to a policy.
Prescription medication will be given by school personnel.
The district will provide Advil or generic substitute, Tylenol or generic substitute, Tums or generic substitute and cough drops upon written permission from parent/guardian up to twelve (12) doses per semester (effective 1/4/10). Further dosage will only occur with written doctor’s permission and parent/guardian must provide additional medication.
All over-the-counter medications must be delivered to the school principal, nurse or designee in the manufacturer’s original packaging and will only be administered in accordance with the manufacturer’s label.
It should not be necessary to give more than one dose of medication per day during a six-hour school day. Most medication schedules can be arranged so that all doses of medicine are taken at home. Exceptions can be arranged with school nurse.

TO RECEIVE MEDICATION AT SCHOOL WE MUST HAVE:
1. Signed, written permission from parent or guardian for the medication to be given.
2. Doctor or health care provider's written signed statement that administration of medication by school employee is necessary. Statement needs to include name of medication, amount to be given, time that medication is to be given, possible adverse reactions and expected effects on learning.
3. Medication must have a pharmaceutical label with (1) child's name, (2) name of medication and instructions such as dosage, time, etc., (3) name of doctor prescribing medication and (4) a current date. Your pharmacist can give you an extra labeled bottle to use for medication to be sent to school.
4. Students who require emergency medication for bee stings or asthma, should have their medication properly labeled as described above. Specific written instruction must be provided as to when and under what circumstances medication is to be given. THIS INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED AND SIGNED BY THE STUDENT'S DOCTOR ANNUALLY.
All medication, prescription and over the counter, must be picked up or dropped off by a parent/guardian. Students, by Warren County School District Policy, are not allowed to carry any medication (with the exception of inhalers with prior authorization from the nurse). Medications not picked up within 1 week after the end of school will be destroyed.

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