Nurse's Office

Welcome to Central Academy School Nurse's Page.
     Please feel free to contact Ms. Yinger with any health related issues that your child/student may have during the school year. We are all looking forward to a HEALTHY and happy school year!
 
To access health forms, click on the appropriate link at the right side of this page. 
 
Allergies
   If your child has food allergies of any kind, please notify the school nurse so she can inform the teacher and cafeteria manager. School district policy requests a doctor's note on each student with food allergies.

   Central Academy is a PEANUT FREE school. 
 
 
Emergency Care
   If your child is injured or becomes ill at school, the school will notify you. Therefore, it is imperative that we know:

1. Where to reach you (home, business, and relative/neighbor’s telephone). 

2. The name, address, and telephone number of your family doctor.

   At the beginning of each school year, each student should bring home a Health & Emergency Information form. Please complete this form and return it to your child’s teacher immediately. Parents are urged to make every effort to keep the information recorded on the emergency cards current. If necessary, parents should contact the school nurse to update these forms during the school year.
 
Flu Season
   Traditionally referred to as "the flu," seasonal influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus. Flu is spread person-to-person, often by droplets that are airborne from someone sneezing or coughing. The flu virus can exist in the environment for days -- particularly in the cold and in low humidity.
 
   Let’s all contribute to FIGHT and help reduce the spread of seasonal influenza!

     • Take the time to get a yearly flu vaccine {Students, parents, and staff}. 
     • Take everyday preventive actions, including covering coughs and
         sneezes, washing hands, and keeping your hands away from their
         nose, mouth, and eyes. 
     • Stay home when sick.
     • Make a routine of surface cleaning.
 
Stay Healthy
1.Good hand hygiene
 
    • To give kids an idea of how long it should take to thoroughly wash their
       hands, teach them to sing Happy Birthday or their ABCs twice while
       scrubbing. (Incidentally, the same singing idea applies for teeth brushing,        although it's much harder to sing with a toothbrush in your mouth.)
    •Visit the CDC's website for the recommended hand washing  
       technique.
    • Bottled hand sanitizers are intended for use when soap and water are  
       inaccessible, not as a replacement. Although hand sanitizers are convenient,  
       kids should still wash their hands with soap and water at the first opportunity
       for a more effective job.

2. Eat breakfast and nutritious meals.

3. Get sufficient sleep
   To learn about the recommended sleep requirements for children, the CDC provides
   useful information. The website gives the average number of hours based on the    child's age, plus tips on how to establish healthy sleep habits.

4. Keep sick children home especially if they have a fever.
 
5. Teach sneeze etiquette
    • Teach kids basic information about spreading germs, including proper   
    sneezing etiquette (into the elbow to avoid hand contamination) and how to   
    dispose of tissues and Band-Aids (followed, of course, by hand   
    washing).
    • The CDC provides a free downloadable graphic poster in English and    
    Spanish that shows proper cough and sneeze etiquette.

6. Keep in contact.
   Students who have health issues such as asthma or diabetes need parents, teachers
   and the school nurse to work together to ensure their health and well-being.

7. Be active.
 
Immunizations
   Students are required to be immunized in accordance with the Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code 3313.67/3313.671).
 
ADMINISTERING MEDICINES TO STUDENTS
   The person(s) designated to administer medication receives a written request, signed by the parent(s) having care of charge of the student, that the drug be administered to the student.  The person(s) designated to administer medication receives a statement, signed by the physician or other person licensed to prescribe medication, which includes all of the following information:
  • the name, birth date, and address of the student
  • school and class in which the student is enrolled
  • parent's signature and telephone numbers
  • name of the drug and the dosage to be administered
  • times or intervals at which the dosage of the drug is to be administered
  • date on which the administration of the drug is to begin
  • date on which the administration of the drug is to cease    
  • any severe adverse reaction which should be reported to the physician
  • one or more telephone numbers at which the person who prescribed the medication can be reached in case of an emergency
  • special instruction for administration of the drug, including sterile condition and storage
   The parent(s)/guardian(s) agree to submit a revised statement signed by the physician who prescribed the drug to the person designated to administer medication if any of the information provided above changes.

   The person(s) authorized to administer the drug receives a copy of the statement described above.
The drug is received by the person(s) authorized to administer the drug in the container in which it was dispensed by the prescribing physician.

   All drugs shall be stored in an established location in a locked storage. Drugs which require refrigeration may be kept in a refrigerator in a place not commonly used by students.
 
Following are guidelines for when to keep your child home from school.

Appearance & Behavior
    Unusually tired, pale, difficult to awaken, confused, or irritable, with lack of appetite. These problems are sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.

Ear Infections
    Your child may attend school after receiving medical treatment. (Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss, and more serious problems.)

Fever
    Temperature of 100 degrees or higher. May be asociated with confusion, diarrhea, earache, irritability, rash, sore throat, vomiting, cough, or headache. Do not send to school until your child has been fever-free for 24 hours (without medicine).

Rash
    Body rash with evidence of infection should not attend school.

Vomiting
    Vomiting two or more times within the past 24-hours. Child should not go to school.

Diarrhea
    Three or more stools in a 24-hour period especially if your child acts or looks ill.

Eyes
    Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye, or pink eye. Your child probably can attend school immediately after starting medical treatment.

Lice and Scabies
    Children cannot return to school until their hair has been treated with lice shampoo. Proof of treatment must be brought in along with the child. Children with Scabies can return to school after treatment has started.

Sore Throat
    Especially with a fever or swollen glands in the neck should not attend school.

Common Cold
    If your child has minor cold symptoms, but does not have symptoms described above, they may not need to be kept home from school. A long-term (chronic) greenish nasal discharge, and/or a chronic cough are symptoms that should be seen by a doctor. 
 
Screening
   The Vision and Hearing Screening Program, Ohio Department of Health sets the requirements for what grades are routinely screened each year; what equipment is acceptable to use; what specific hearing and vision tests are needed to perform screenings; and the referral criteria. Schools providing medical nursing services are required to screen school-aged students for hearing and vision.

   All students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 are required to be screened by Oct. 31st.