•  Hello Garrettford Families

    As the school nurse for Garrettford Elementary School, I would like to take a few minutes of your time to review some essentials to keep your children safe and healthy this and every school year.  Also, please review hand washing and good hygiene practiceswith your children to reduce the chance of illness in your family.  

                              1. Medication Policy:  If your child needs prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medication, including cough drops during school hours, district poliy requires:

                                      -Written order from physician with physician signature.  The order must include the students name.  Orders need to be written at the beginning of each school year.  

                                      -Written permission from parent/guardian.

                                      -The medication must be in the original container

                                      -Changes in dosage require a physician note.

                                     -Medications must be picked up at the end of the year. Meds not picked up will be discarded.

                       2. Maintain a healthy school environment:

                           Students should stay home if any of these occur:

                                    -Fever(can return to school when fever free for 24 hours without medication)

                                    -Yellow or Green mucous draining from the nose or mouth

                                    -Excessive, uncontrollable coughing or wheezing

                                   -Diarrhea or blood in the stools in the last 24 hours

                                   -Vomiting in the last 24 hours

                                   -Conjuntivitis (pink eye), strep throat, ringworm, or any undiagnosed rash

                                   -Head Lice: students may return to school when appropriately treated and seen by the school nurse for re-entry

                     3. Allergies to insects or food

                                  Students with known bee sting allergies or a life threatening food allergy must alert the school nurse, provide the necessary medicaiton, and a physician's order form with instructions for emergency treatment.

    Please don't hesitate to contact me or call if you have any questions.  Have a great year!

    Meg McDonough, RN