Health Office Information
CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT
Mt. Lebanon School District Health Services Department utilizes the Allegheny County Health Department “Guide to Infectious Diseases for Schools and Daycare Centers” when determining if a child should be sent home for illness or disease and when a child should return to school after an infectious illness.
Also, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that “people with influenza-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are fever free (100 degrees) or signs of a fever without the use of fever reducing medications.”
Please consider the following guidelines when determining if your child is well enough or not to attend school:
- Nausea/vomiting - children should be free from vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school
- Temperature of 100 degrees or above - children should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication to return to school
- Contagious illness - such as strep throat - conjunctivitis - any illness or disease process that the use of an antibiotic is required - the child should be on the antibiotic for a full 24 hours prior to returning to school
- Undiagnosed rashes - if your child is sent to school with an undiagnosed rash, you will be contacted to have your child seen by his/her health care provider for a diagnosis/treatment
- Acute cold/cough - where the student is unable to function or concentrate at school
What is a Concussion?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)... a concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions have a more serious effect on a young, developing brain. You cannot see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after an injury or may not appear or be noticed until hours or days after the injury. After a blow or jolt to the head, It is important to watch for changes in how your child or teen is acting or feeling, if symptoms are getting worse, or if s/he just “doesn’t feel right.” Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
Children and teens with a concussion should NEVER return to sports or recreation activities on the same day the injury occurred. They should delay returning to their activities until a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion says they are symptom-free and it’s okay to return to play. This means, until permitted, not returning to : (CDC)
**physical education class
**sports practices or games
For further information and concussion symptom list, refer to www.cdc.gov/concussion
Health care is available in the health office for any illness or injury that occurs during the school day hours. Parents are notified for an illness or injury as the case warrants.
Parents/guardians should contact their child’s certified school nurse for any special healthcare needs of their child or if your child requires medication during the school day hours. Also, please keep this information current to insure that your child is receiving the best care possible.
Information regarding your child’s health status may be shared as needed with school personnel that your child comes in contact with.
Please update EACH SCHOOL YEAR your emergency contact numbers via dashboard. This is important information should the school health office need to get in contact with a parent/guardian or if there would be an emergency or evacuation situation. If you are unable to complete this information in dashboard, please contact your child’s health office or secretary for assistance.
READMITTANCE TO SCHOOL
If your child needs to be out of school for surgery/illness/accident, please notify your child’s health office so that we can complete a treatment plan to insure their safe return to school.
If your child has been out ill for 5 or more consecutive days, they must be readmitted to school through the health office. Please make sure that the reason for their absence is on their excuse.
Your child may excused from gym and/or recess for 1 week with a note from a parent/guardian stating the reason for such.
If your child needs to remain out of gym and/or recess for longer than 1 week, a signed note from a licensed health care provider will be required.
That note should include the following:
- reason for exclusion from gym and/or recess
- any accommodations that will be needed
- if crutches or elevator will be needed, the licensed provider must state that on their note
- the length of exclusion
- if a student has any type of sling, brace, ace, stitches, etc. on their body, they are to be excluded from gym and recess until that is removed or it becomes a chronic issue and the need to wear the apparatus becomes more constant
- if your child will not be able to participate in gym or recess due to a lengthy condition, gym accommodations may be able to be made with a licensed health care provider’s order. Please contact your child’s certified school nurse for assistance with this.
The Mt. Lebanon School District understands that taking medication can be a serious health matter for students and their families.
The District requires parents/guardians to administer student medications at home rather than at school whenever possible, as there are safety concerns about students forgetting to take the medication, having a reaction to the medication or other students taking the medication. The District acknowledges that some students may require prescription or nonprescription medication for chronic or short-term illnesses during the school day to enable them to remain in school and participate in their education. When a licensed health care provider deems it medically necessary that a medication be administered during the school day, the following protocol must be followed:
- a parent/guardian must be responsible for facilitating the transportation of the medication (either prescription or nonprescription) to and from the school
NOTE: medication should NOT be transported by students
- prescription medication must be in a properly labeled pharmacy container
- no more than a 30 day supply of medication is to be stored in the health office
- over the counter medication must be in the original container and match what the prescriber has ordered
- the Authorization for Medication Administration Form is completed and signed by the licensed health care provider.
- the Authorization for Medication Administration Form is completed and signed by the parent/guardian
- a new medication form is required for EACH medication change, dose change, time change, and for each school year
- ONE form is required for EACH medication order
- it is the responsibility of your child to report to the health office for his/her medication
- The District will not administer or allow self administration of homeopathic or herbal remedies.
SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS:
According to the Pennsylvania Public school Code, the only medications permitted to be carried and self-administered by students are the following:
- Epinephrine Auto Injectors
- Emergency Asthma Inhalers
Students requesting to self-carry/administer the above medications will need to follow the medication protocol as above and also as listed below:
- self-carry/administer form must be completed by licensed personnel/ parent/guardian and student
- student must be able to demonstrate competency/responsibility and complete the self-carry/administer assessment given by the certified school nurse
- violations of this protocol will result in the immediate confiscation of the self-carry medication, loss of privileges of possessing same, and discipline under other District policies concerning controlled substances. Further information regarding the use of medication at school can be found in District policy JLCD
Food Restriction Management Guidelines
There is an increasing prevalence of life threatening food allergies and food restrictions in school age children. The following guidelines are designed to help maintain a safe and secure environment for students with life threatening food allergies and food restrictions.