Welcome to the Health Room! My name is Makayla Raux and I am the school nurse here at Explorer Elementary.
REMINDERS: NEW Annual Health Updates are required on an annual basis. If you haven't had an opportunity to complete this for your student online, please take a moment and complete this important form and return it to the school.
IMMUNIZATIONS: If your child has had immunizations in the past year, would you please send a copy of this record to the school? This can also be faxed to the school: (316)794-4182.
October 1, 2022 is the mandated exclusion date for new students to our district who are not in compliance with Kansas state requirements. I will be notifying you by mail, if this affects your student. Missing immunizations must be brought up to date by October 1, 2022, or risk being excluded from school until these immunizations are complete.
During the school year, I will perform hearing screens on all student from Pre-K through 3rd grade and any new students to the distirict. I will also preform vision screens on all students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade as well as any new students to the district. Parents/guardians of students not passing these screenings will be sent a letter-of-referral with the findings. Please notify me if you prefer your student be opted out of these screenings.
Children that become, or complain of being ill at school, will be assessed by the school nurse with consideration of Kansas Statute 65-122. Our goal is to keep children in the classroom. However, if a child has made several complaints, does not appear well, or has a temperature of 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or above with any symptoms of nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, or rash, they will be sent home. A child will be sent home with a temperature of 100 degrees or above whether they have additional symptoms or not.
ANY CHILD SENT HOME with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea must be kept home for a minimum of an additional 24 hours AFTER the last fever, or episode of vomiting or diarrhea. They must remain symptom free without the use of fever reducers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen), or anti-nausea/diarrheal medications! It often takes at least this amount of time for the body to rid itself of viruses, and it is our goal to keep the exposure to healthy children and staff at a minimum.
Other circumstance in which a parent would be contacted to pick up their child:
Pink Eye- students with pink eye shall be excluded from school until 24 hours after treatment has started
Strep Throat- students with strep throat shall be excluded from school until 24 hours after treatment has started
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL: Please instruct your child to bring any medications immediately to their School Nurse. All medication and health forms can be found here on the Goddard school website: USD 265 - Goddard Public Schools - 2022-23 Enrollment Forms (goddardusd.com)
PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED AT SCHOOL IF A WRITTEN ORDER IS PROVIDED AND SIGNED BY BOTH THE PHYSICIAN AND THE PARENT. The medication adminstration record form GD-67 is available online for just this purpose: gd-67-medicationpolicy-record.pdf (gabbart.com). Both medication and paperwork must be sent to school with the medicine in the original prescription container showing the current expiration and dispensing dates. It is recommended that prescription medications be kept in the health room, but arrangements can be made for students to carry depending on circumstances and medication. Please contact the School Nurse with any questions.
OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES – a dated and signed note or medication form from the parent/guardian must come to school with the medication. It needs to include how may days the medicine is to be given. For chronic conditions (such as frequent headaches) where OTC meds are needed throughout the school year, you may write that the med is to be available to the child “all school year”. ALL MEDS MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINERS AND NOT BE EXPIRED.