Health Services

 

To contact the school nurse:

LuAnne Hoesley

District Nurse

608-323-7500 x2197

hoesleyl@arcadia.k12.wi.us

 

The Health Guide for Parents is put together from the Wisconsin DPI.

The 6 parts of the Health Guide are:

 

School Health Guidelines

 

When should my child stay home because of illness?

  • FEVER:  greater than 100 degrees
  • VOMITING:  return 24 hours after vomiting
  • DIARRHEA:  return 24 hours after diarrhea
  • RASH:  rash that is open and draining or a rash with a fever
  • CONTAGIOUS DISEASE:  strep throat, impetigo, pink eye, return after 24 hours of treatment with antibiotic
  • NUISANCE DISEASES:  head lice, scabies, ringworm—must be treated before returning to school
  • CHICKEN POX:  child may return to school 5-7 days after onset of rash, with all sores dry and scabbed over

Please call the school if...

  • Please notify your child’s school in the morning before 9:00 a.m. if your child is absent due to illness or injury.
  • If your child has a serious illness or injury that affects school participation, please notify the school nurse so a plan can be implemented to meet your child’s needs.

 

What if child is ill or injured at school?

  • Students who become ill or injured at school will be seen in the health room by trained staff. If your child is unable to return to class, a parent will be contacted. For your child’s comfort please make arrangements to pick them up as soon as possible.

 

Enrollment Form & Emergency Information

It is important for us to reach you if your child is ill or injured at school. Please complete the Enrollment and Emergency Update Form from school, listing parent’s name with work and home phone numbers, along with two emergency contacts. Call your child’s school with any changes throughout the school year.

 

Health & Screening Programs

Physical Examinations

Kindergarten students are to have Physical, Dental, and Vision examinations prior to school entrance. It is also recommended that students entering Grades 4 and 9 have a complete physical.

 

Vision

The school health office provides a vision screening program at school for grades K, 1, 3, and 5. This is done throughout the year. Referrals will be mailed home if your child requires further evaluation.

 

Hearing

The school health office provides a hearing screening program at school for grades K, 1, 3, and 5. This is done throughout the year. Referrals will be mailed home if your child requires further evaluation.

 

Medications

Please give medications at home whenever possible. However, if medication is needed during the school day, the following is necessary.

Prescription Medication

1.  A doctor’s signature with written instruction.

2.  Written consent from the parent for the school to give the medication.

3.  Medication is in a properly labeled prescription bottle.

 

Non-prescription Medication

1.  Written consent from the parent with instructions for the school to give the medication.

2.  Medication must be in the original container.

 

Medication forms are available here or at your school or local clinic.

 

Medication Guidelines

  • Students may not carry medication at school with the exception of prescription inhalers with a doctor’s written permission.
  • Please deliver medication to the school nurse.
  • A new medication form is needed each time the medication is changed.
  • A new medication form is needed for each school year.

 

Immunizations

IMMUNIZATIONS - "IT'S THE LAW"

S.252.04 Wis Stats.

This law requires all students through grade 12 to be immunized according to their age/grade by the beginning of the school year.

Immunization is a shared responsibility:

  • Parents are required to have their children immunized on schedule and keep accurate records. If a student is unable to receive immunizations for medical, religious or personal conviction reasons, a waiver must be signed and given to the school.
  • Notify your child’s school health office each time your child receives an immunization.
  • Schools are required to keep records and review annually the Immunization Law.
  • When students do not meet the requirements of the law:
    • Parents are notified by a legal notice.
    • If the student is not in compliance after receiving the legal notice, the district attorney is notified. Students may be excluded from school.

 

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by a bacteria. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years of age in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections.

Meningococcal disease is often misdiagnosed as something less serious because early symptoms are similar to common viral illnesses. Symptoms of meningococcal disease may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, confusion, exhaustion, and/or a rash.

Meningococcal disease is spread through direct contact with respiratory and/or oral secretions from infected persons (for example, kissing or sharing drinking containers). It can develop and spread quickly throughout the body, so early diagnosis and treatment are very important. Even with immediate treatment, the disease can kill an otherwise healthy young person within hours of first symptoms. Of those who survive, up to 20 percent may endure permanent disabilities, including brain damage, deafness, and limb amputations.

Anyone can get meningococcal disease, but it is most common in infants less than one year of age and people with certain medical conditions, such as lack of a spleen. College freshmen who live in dormitories have an increased risk of getting meningococcal disease.

A meningococcal vaccine is available for use among persons ages 11 to 55 years, which provides protection against four of the five types of bacteria that cause meningococcal disease. Many parents are unaware of the dangers the disease poses to their children and that a vaccine is available that may help to prevent up to 83 percent of cases among teens and college students. Immunization is the most effective way to prevent this very serious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading medical organizations recommend routine meningococcal immunization for adolescents during the preadolescent doctor’s visit (11- to 12-year-olds), adolescents at high school entry (15-year-olds), if they have not previously been immunized, and for college freshmen living in dormitories. It is suggested that you contact your child’s health care provider to help you decide if your child should receive this vaccination.

For more information regarding this disease and the availability, effectiveness, and risks of vaccinations against the disease, please contact the school nurse at 323-7500, Ext. 215, or visit the following websites: www.cdc.gov, www.musa.org, or www.nmaus.org.

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