HEALTH & MEDICAL
INJURY & ILLNESS
All injuries must be reported by the student to a teacher, coach, supervisor, or the office. If minor, the student will be treated and may return to class. If medical attention is required, the office will follow the school's emergency procedures. A student who becomes ill during the school day should request permission to go to the office. An appropriate adult in the office will determine whether or not the student should remain in school or go home. No student will be released from school without proper parental permission.
The district shall arrange for individual instruction to students of legal school age who are not able to attend classes because of a physical or emotional disability. Parents should contact the school counselor or administration regarding procedures for such instruction. Applications must be approved by the superintendent. The district will provide homebound instruction only for those confinements expected to last at least five days.
Applications for individual instruction shall be made by a physician licensed to practice in this state, in conjunction with the parent, the student, or other caregiver. A physician must:
Certify the nature and existence of a medical condition;
State the probable duration of the confinement;
Request such instruction; and
Present evidence of the student's ability to participate in an educational program.
Students must be current with all immunizations required by law, or have an authorized waiver from state immunization requirements. If a student does not have the necessary shots or waivers, the administration may remove the student or require compliance within a set deadline. This is for the safety of all students and is in accordance with state law. Any questions about immunizations or waivers should be directed to the Berrien County Health Department.
MEDICATION DURING SCHOOL
Medication should not be brought to school unless it is essential to the health of the student. All medication must be brought to the office by the parent or guardian for safekeeping. When the student needs the medication, s/he must take it in the office. A record of all medications taken will be kept in the office. If your child has unusual medical problems or need for medication, please contact the office and keep us informed.
In those circumstances when a student must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines must be observed:
Parents should, with their physician's counsel, determine whether the medication's schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering medication during school hours;
All medications, prescription and non-prescription, including liquids, pills, inhalers, creams, and EPI pens, can be given to students only upon completion of the medication form, which is available in the school office. This completed form with the doctor’s signature is required for all medications including Tylenol, aspirin, cough syrup, anti-itch creams, etc.;
The medication must be brought to the school directly by the parent/guardian in the container in which it was originally dispensed, labeled with the name of the student, name of the medication, dosage, and time of consumption.This medication may not be in the student's lunchbox, pocket, or any other means on or about the person;
All medications are securely stored within the building and are administered only by the nurse, teacher, secretary, or administrator, who will maintain a log of the date, time, and personnel involved in each administration of the medication;
Any unused medication not claimed by the parent will be destroyed by school personnel at the end of the school year;
The parents shall have sole responsibility to instruct their child to take the medication at the scheduled time, and the child has the responsibility for both presenting himself or herself on time and for taking the prescribed medication;
If a student has a diagnosed asthmatic condition that requires the use of an inhaler, and if the physician and parent have signed medication form indicating that the student may carry and self administer the medication, the student will be allowed to carry and administer the inhaler when it is necessary to do so. We encourage all parents to provide a “back-up” inhaler for the office for all students who carry their own inhaler; and
Epinephrine [EPI pen] is administered only in accordance with a written medication plan developed by the school.
CONTROL OF CASUAL-CONTACT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES & PESTS
Because a school has a high concentration of people, it is necessary to take specific measures when the health or safety of the group is at risk. The school's professional staff has the authority to remove or isolate a student who has been ill or has been exposed to a communicable disease or highly-transient pest, such as lice.
Specific diseases include diphtheria, scarlet fever, strep infections, whooping cough, mumps, measles, rubella, and other conditions indicated by the local and state health departments. Any removal will only be for the contagious period as specified in the school's administrative guidelines.
CONTROL OF NONCASUAL-CONTACT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES & PESTS
In the case of noncasual-contact communicable diseases, the school has the obligation to protect the safety of the staff and students. In these cases, the person in question will have his/her status reviewed by a panel of resource people, including the Berrien County Health Department, to ensure that the rights of the person affected and those in contact with that person are respected. The school will seek to keep students and staff in school unless there is definite evidence to warrant exclusion.
Noncasual-contact communicable diseases are specified by the state board of health. As required by federal law, parents will be requested to have their child's blood checked for HIV, HBV, and other blood-borne pathogens when the child has bled at school and students or staff members have been exposed to the blood. Any testing is subject to laws protecting confidentiality.