At least one full-time nurse is assigned to each building during the school day. By state law the nurse can only administer first aid and follow written doctor’s orders. In case of a serious accident, parents will be notified immediately. If it is necessary for the child to go home, parents must make provisions to pick up the student. The nurse is not permitted to transport students.
Physical examinations conducted by a healthcare provider chosen by the student's parent/guardian at the provider's facility are required upon entry into the school district and prior to participation on high school athletic teams. A full report of the examination (documented on an approved school district form, dated and signed by the medical provider) must be presented to the school. In order to ensure that the learning potential of each student is not diminished by a physical disability, additional physical examinations are strongly encouraged at least once during each of the student's developmental stages: early childhood (preschool through grade 3), pre- adolescence (grades 4 through 6) and adolescence (grades 7 through 12). Vision screening is done by the school nurse in grades pre-K, K, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, for new students, and as needed. Auditory screenings are conducted on students pursuant to the state regulations. By state law, every child ten years of age and older must be examined biennially for scoliosis.
Students requiring medication at school, including such things as acetaminophen and cough drops, must present written orders from the nurse practitioner or physician and the parent detailing the name of the medication, dosage, time of administration and period of time over which medication is to be given. The medication must be brought to school by the parent/guardian in the original container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy.