Our School Nurse
Cheryl Kelley, R.N. has been high school nurse for the past ten years and a nurse for the past 36 years. Her nursing experience includes critical care, home health, pediatric and family practice. If your student has any health concerns please call me during schools hours or email me at Cheryl.Kelley@lcps.org.
MEDICATION: ALL PAPER WORK MUST ACCOMPANY MEDICATION
All student medication (prescription or over the counter) must be checked into the clinic by a parent or guardian. This includes cough drops. Medicine administered at school will strictly follow the Loudoun County school board policy for medication administration. Any student who fails to follow the procedures or whose parents fail to follow them will be excluded from school until compliance is assured. The principal shall determine whether or not there is a compliance with the provision for this policy.
Medication must be brought to the school in the original container with the appropriate label attached. Parent/Guardian must bring the medication to the nurse, health aide or designee. Medication will be kept in a locked medicine area in the clinic. All prescription medicine MUST be in the Original pharmacy bottle with the proper label containing the students name, medication dosage and instructions for administration. If you ask the pharmacy they will give you an extra bottle with the proper amount for school. In order to give medication to your student in school a Medication Administration form must be filled out.
· Students Name
· Name and purpose of medication
· Dosage and time of administration
· Possible side effects and measures to take if those occur
· End date for administering the medicine
· Parent Signature giving permission to administer the medication and to contact physician if needed.
· Physicians signature
If your child takes a prescription medication and missing a dose would have serious health consequences (seizure medication, insulin, etc.) it is strongly suggested that a 24-hour supply of the medication be left in the school clinic in case of a prolonged school day. The medication must be in an original pharmacy-labeled bottle and have a physician's order on file in the clinic. The order must give the times during the 24-hour period that the medication is to be administered.
Medication must be brought to the school in the original container and will be given according to the amount listed on the package for your child’s age and weight unless doctors orders on medication form is indicated different. Parent/Guardian must bring the medication to the nurse, health aide or designee. Medication will be kept in a locked medicine area in the clinic.
Must be in the original package In order to give medication to your student in school a Medication Administration form must be filled out.
Student who return to school after a hospitalization (surgery or illness) or a procedure (broken bones or tests) must have written release from the physician. The release should include the following: the date when the student is approved to return to school, the activity allowed, any restrictions and the duration of the restrictions.
School-Sponsored After-School Activities and Sports
If you child has diabetes, and epinephrine auto-injector, an inhaler, or other emergency medication at
school, please notify the teacher/sponsor that your child has the health concern. Also notify the health
for the student to carry the inhaler, and the parent and the student sign the "Parent/Student Agreement for Permission to Carry an Inhaler." For students with an epinephrine auto-injector, the physician will need to sign the bottom of page one of the Allergy Action Plan physician, parent and student will need to sign page two under "Agreement for Permission to Self-Administer and/or Carry Epinephrine." For students with diabetes to carry any of their medical supplies, the diabetes form, Part 4: "Permission to Self-Carry and Self-Administer Diabetes Care," needs to be signed by the physician, parent, and student.
If your child is ill because of a contagious disease such as flu, strep throat, chickenpox, etc., it would be helpful to note the reason for the absence when you call the absentee call-line. This will help the school take measures to know the extent of the disease and reduce its spread.
Students who have fevers should be kept at home until free of fever for 24 hours. Students who do not feel well should stay home. When students come to school ill, they not only are unable to participate fully in class, but they may also infect other students with their illness.
For the nurse to give acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) to your child, you must have completed the section on the emergency card that gives permission and sign it. Parents/guardians of elementary students will be contacted before any acetaminophen is given in order to assure that it has not been given at home. Because acetaminophen can cause liver damage in large amounts over a period of time, middle and high school students may only receive four doses of acetaminophen in a four-week period. Before a fifth does is given, the parents/guardian will be contacted.