Nurse

Dear Parents,

Patriot Preparatory Academy is pleased to inform you that we have a part-time health officer for the coming school year. Mrs. Gould plans to be at school from 10am to 3:30pm every school day. There is important information that we feel you need to be made aware of regarding our health services.

Medications
Please review the Guidelines for Medications at School. We are working to have all forms available on the school’s website, and Mrs. Gould is happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please notice that PRESCRIPTION medication must have a doctor’s form. OVER-THE-COUNTER medication (if given according to the directions on the bottle) requires only a parent’s signature. If your child has any prescribed emergency medications (such as an EpiPen or an inhaler) or any chronic condition (such as asthma, diabetes, allergies that require an EpiPen, or seizure disorder), please see the nurse for the appropriate forms (also available online) and to discuss our emergency action plan. We want your input so that our plan can be as personalized as possible to the needs of your child.

Screenings
Various screenings will be done throughout the course of the school year as time allows. Vision screenings will be done in kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th grades. Hearing screenings will be done for all children in kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 9th grades. Scoliosis is screened in middle school. Also, all new students are screened if previous records do not include screening results. Results of all screenings will be sent home as well as referrals for further testing for those failing any portion of the screenings. If your child is in one of the screening grades and you do not wish for your child to participate, please submit a refusal for screening in writing (e-mail is fine) to the school office by September 11, 2017. These screenings will begin after that date and may take several months to complete all grade levels. Please contact the nurse or your own physician if you have any specific concerns. Remember that these screenings do not diagnose any specific conditions; they “screen” for potential concerns that should be followed up with the appropriate referral.

Exclusions and Immunizations
To protect all of our children here at PPA, children will be sent home from school for the following reasons, as explained in further detail on the page entitled “Helping Hand”:
• Fever greater than 101°
• Rash of unknown origin
• Suspected infectious conjunctivitis (“pink eye”)
• Vomiting (if a stomach virus is suspected)
• Uncontrolled diarrhea

Children will also be excluded from school after the 15th day of attendance if immunization records are not current. Immunization records will be looked over and you will be notified if your child’s records are not current. This is a state mandate.

We are looking forward to a great school year of working with your children. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of this information or anything not included here, please contact the nurse’s office at 614-864-5332, extension 117 or e-mail pgould@patriotprep.com.

Mrs. Pam Gould, RN, BSN, and the
Patriot Preparatory Administration
Mrs. Pam Gould
Mrs. Pam Gould
Nurse
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