School Nurse

Carolina Springs Elementary School is currently served by one registered nurse (Donna Walden) in the health room and one part time assistant (Ann Siderman). The school nurse gives medications, administers first aid, assesses students for illness, assists with other needs, and performs vision and hearing screenings as time allows. The school nurse does not treat old injuries received outside of the school or diagnose medical conditions. Please remember that if you are called by the school nurse to pick up your child, you should do so in a timely manner. The school health room does not provide long term care for sick students.

Our district has established these guidelines in order to prevent the spread of illnesses. As a reminder, students should remain at home for any of the following symptoms:

  1. Fever of 100 degrees or higher within the past 24 hours
  2. Severe nasal discharge that is not clear in color.
  3. Any drainage with redness in the eyes.
  4. Any communicable disease (chicken pox, strep throat, stomach virus, head lice, scabies, etc.)
  5. Undiagnosed rash or skin eruption with fever
  6. Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  7. Any signs of severe illness – lethargy, irritability, difficult breathing.

A child is still considered febrile (feverish) even if on fever reducing meds such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. These meds bring the fever down, but the child is still contagious. A child be completely fever free for 24 hours (without medication) in order to return to school. For the well being of all of our students, parents will be notified to pick up their child for any of the above conditions. If your child is sent home with fever, he or she cannot come back to school the next day. If this occurs, you will be called to pick him/her up as soon as possible and this will still be counted as an absence.

Medication Policy

In order to accommodate your child’s medical needs, and ensure the safety of all students, parents should not send medication on the school bus. Parents must bring medicine to the health room or main office and fill out a consent form in order for the medication to be given at school. Medications given only once a day in the morning should be given at home prior to coming to school. Prescription medications can only be given as prescribed on the label (Federal law). The school nurse will administer prescription meds only as prescribed by the physician, and over the counter meds must be administered per label directions. The school does not supply any medication for students.

For your convenience the office is open at 7:00 a.m. Meds may be dropped off with a medication form or with written permission from the parent. Include the student’s name, medication name, date and time to be given, and your signature. Medication will not be given without written permission. Make sure that the medication is in the original container. The school nurse cannot send medication home by school bus. Students found with medication on the bus are referred to the school office.

2015 Permission for School Admin of Medication Form – please print, fill out the form, and bring/fax to the nurse with the child’s prescription or non-prescription medication.

Please contact the school nurse (Donna Walden) at 821-5123 with questions or concerns.