Welcome to the Locust School Health Office

    The health office is eager to cooperate with you, as parents, to be sure that your child is healthy and ready to learn.  The following information is provided to acquaint you with the activities and services of the health office at Locust School.

    MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS:  Confidential records that are recorded by the nurse are provided to appropriate staff on a “need to know basis”.  Please keep the health office informed of changes in your child’s health, allergies, limitations, injuries etc.

     ATTENDANCE:  When your child is absent or late for school, please call the school and give the reason.  When a child is absent from school for 3 or more days due to illness, a written statement from your child's physician is requested upon the student's return to school.

    When deciding whether or not to send your child to school, the following guidelines may be helpful. 

    Please keep your child home if:

    1. A fever (>100) is present or has been in the past 24 hours
    2. The child has a cold with a heavy nasal discharge and/or a persistent cough
    3. The child has a sore throat, vomits before school, has an unidentified rash or is tired and generally not well.

     GYM EXCUSES:  If, due to accident or illness, your child is unable to participate in physical education, a physician’s excuse is required.  Physical Education is a requirement for all students.

    MEDICATION:  If your child needs to take medication during the school hours, it is necessary that both the physician and the parent provide written permission.  This must include the name of the drug, dose and time to be given.  The medication must be in the original labeled container and brought in to school by a responsible adult.  Children are not allowed to transport medication to and from school due to the danger of loss or accidental overdose by your child or another.  NO medication will be administered unless the correct procedure is followed.  These regulations apply to all drugs, including non-prescription drugs.  Whenever possible, please try to administer medication outside of school hours.  Please do not send cough drops, ointments or other over the counter products to school.

    EMERGENCY CARE:  The nurse will provide first aid as necessary should an emergency occur at school.  It is important to inform the health office of telephone numbers where parents may be reached if an emergency arises.  We also request names and phone numbers of two reliable friends or relatives who could assume temporary care of your child if illness or injury should occur and you cannot be reached. 

    PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS:  All students of Locust School are required to have a physical examination. It is suggested that the physical exam be performed by the child’s own physician who is aware of his/her health history.   Physicals will be done at school for those students who do not furnish health certificates from their private physician.  Dental Certificates are requested for students.

    SCREENING MANDATES:  Vision & Hearing screenings are done by the nurse for all students.  Referrals for further evaluation are made if there is a deviation from normal.

    A letter will be sent home if there are any findings on the screening done at school that would cause concern or need medical follow-up. Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.

    SEASONAL ALLERGIES: Allergy symptoms can be very uncomfortable for your allergy sufferer. People with allergic rhinitis generally experience symptoms after breathing in an allergy-causing substance such as pollen, dust, grass, or mold. In the fall, a common allergen is ragweed or other weed pollens or outdoor mold. In the spring, the most common triggers are grass and tree pollen. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma.

    If your child suffers from allergies, an allergist or pediatrician can help with recommendations for over-the-counter, non-drowsy medications or prescribe an allergy treatment and management plan.

    Please medicate your child at home before school. Remind your child to wash their hands and face after any outside activities, as this action will help remove the pollen.

    COMMUNICABLE DISEASE:  Students who have a communicable disease such as chicken pox, impetigo, conjunctivitis (pink eye), scabies, or an undiagnosed rash must be excluded from school.  If you are suspicious of such problems, please do not send the child to school for diagnosis, refer to your private physician for diagnosis.  Please report any confirmed diagnoses to the health office so that epidemics can be avoided.  The school nurse will send home notices to the class involved only when 2 or more physician made diagnosis have been confirmed in that class.

     HEAD LICE (Pediculosis):  The spread of head lice can be controlled with awareness, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment. The first thing you can do to help prevent the spread of lice is to discuss the subject openly with your family.  Lice can affect anyone, regardless of background or hygiene.  If everyone knows what's going on, the risk of infestation is cut in half. Lice cannot fly or jump, and they are normally transferred during head to head contact.  Remind your child to be aware of their surroundings and not to share items that touch their heads like hats, helmets, hairbrushes, headbands, etc. Check your child's hair frequently for evidence of head lice. If you suspect your child has lice, please consult with your family physician for diagnosis & treatment recommendations and please notify the school nurse. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and support.                                                               

    Barbara Hefner, RN
    fax 516-747-4586