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.
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
- 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.
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.