Health Services

School nurses, in partnership with students, parents, school staff, and the medical community, strive to enhance the educational process for all students. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s health or school health services, please email school nurse, Katy McClintock, at nurse@sjcatholicschool.org.

Please report any illness or condition that your child has that may require medical support during the school day. All students must have a current Emergency Contact/Field Trip and Medical Information Form on file with the school.

Health Room Policies and Procedures 

Health Insurance
As part of tuition, St. Joseph’s Catholic School provides each student with student accident insurance. This insurance covers the student at all school-sponsored functions, both on and off campus. Insurance claim forms are available from nurse or athletic trainer.
Required Medical Forms
All students must have a current “Emergency Contact, Event/Field Trip and Medical Information Form” on file in the health room. Allergy and Inhaler Forms are as needed.
Student Emergency Form
Allergy Careplan
Inhaler Permission Form
Illness
If a student becomes ill or injured during class, the teacher will excuse him or her immediately, and the student is to report to the health room. If the student seems too ill to return to class—according to the judgment of the nurse—or runs a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, the parents will be contacted to pick up the student, and the student must leave school. If your student drives, he/she is not able to leave school without parental permission. Students should be fever-free without fever reducing medications (Advil, Tylenol, etc.) for 24 hours before returning to school. In addition, students may not return to school until 24 hours post-vomiting.
Immunizations
All students must have a valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization or a medical or special exemption on file at the school. If your child does not have a valid certificate, please take his/her shot records to your physician or the local county Health Department to acquire the correct paperwork.
Medication Policy
All medication must be delivered to the School Nurse or other designated school employee by the student’s parent or a designated adult. It is against St. Joseph’s policy for a student to carry ANY medication on their person without physician permission, parent permission and permission from the school nurse to self-administer and self-monitor. Failure to comply with the medication policy may result in disciplinary action.
NOTE:
  • All medications must be in their original container.
  • All prescription medication requires parental and physician authorization before medication can be administered at school. These medications must be administered as instructed on the container’s label.
  • Over the counter medications may be provided by the parent if it is in the original container, clearly labeled with the student’s name and is accompanied by written parental permission. OTC medications may not exceed package directions.
  • Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and cough drops may be given to a student by the school nurse if parents have granted permission as indicated on the “Emergency Contact Form” filled out at the beginning of each school year.
  • Parents are responsible for knowing the expiration date of any medication brought to school and replacing medication before the expiration date. School Nurses will not administer any medication past the expiration date.
  • Only FDA-approved medications may be administered by school personnel.
  • No medication containing Aspirin can be given at school without a doctor’s authorization. This includes but is not limited to Pepto Bismol, Excedrin, and some OTC cold medications.
  • If your child forgets to take a morning dose of medication, school nurses are not allowed to give that dose at school. Parents may come to the health room to give the missed dose.
  • If a student begins a new medication, the first dose must be given at home to allow parents to monitor their child for adverse side effects.
SAVE Act - Access to Epinephrine

The recently approved SAVE (Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine) Act, allows South Carolina schools to store emergency supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors for certain school staff members to use in the case of an allergic reaction by a student. If your student has a known allergy, you should still continue to provide an Epi-Pen and Benadryl for your child. You will also need to submit an “Emergency Healthcare Plan” form filled out and signed by both a parent and a physician.

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