Health Information from Our Nurse
  • Health concerns: If your student has a specific health concern such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, seizures, etc., please be sure the school is aware of the concern and please keep all teachers and staff working with your student updated on these concerns. Health care plans are often completed on students with specific health needs and they are available in the school office or on the district website at Health Care Forms. Care plan forms, as well as medication forms, are located here. You can then download the forms that you need. In certain cases, the nurse will meet with parents/student to obtain needed health information to make an Individualized Health Care Plan. This information is especially important on new students and those who have recently been diagnosed with a new health condition. Please make it your responsibility to keep the school informed of any health concerns regarding your student. With good communication between home and school, we will be able to stay informed about the health needs of our students and provide a safe environment for them while at school.

  • Immunizations: If your student recently had some immunizations, please give the school a copy of the immunization record so we can keep our records current. Check the parent portal to be sure the information entered is correct.

As of July 2007, the Colorado State Department of Health has added additional immunization requirements. For the 2012-2013 school year, all incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th graders are required to have one Tdap. (Tdap is not DTP or Dtap; rather it is an adult dose of the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccination). The reason for the immunization is due to the increase in pertussis cases in this age group in the United States, especially in Colorado.
As stated above, the Tdap vaccination includes tetanus. If your child has had a tetanus shot in the last 2 years, please consult with your physician who may choose to delay administering the Tdap vaccination. If so, obtain a medical waiver from your physician and provide the waiver to the health room office.
Summer is a very busy time for seeing doctors, so please make arrangements to obtain the Tdap vaccination ASAP in an effort to be compliant when school begins in August 2012.
If immunizations are against your religious or personal beliefs, you may sign a waiver exemption form with the school, or your physician may provide a medical waiver if your child is unable to receive the vaccination for medical reasons.
  • Medications: Please be aware that if your student needs medication at school, there is specific paperwork that needs to be completed and it can be found on the district website as well. Contact the school office for more information.
  • Illness: In order to prevent problems of students being at school ill, the following guidelines have been developed for sending a student home or staying at home:
    • Temperature of 100.5 or higher. Temperature must be normal for 24 hours without the aid of anti-febrile medications before returning to school. Flu-like symptons - should be free of symptoms for 48 hours before returning to school.
    • Constant runny nose.
    • Abnormal color or consistency of nasal or eye discharge.
    • Uncontrolled cough or unusual cough.
    • Frequent sneezing other than allergy related.
    • Lung or nasal discharge.
    • Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours. Symptoms must be resolved for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • If antibiotics are prescribed, student must receive the antibiotics 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Undiagnosed skin rashes and/or open lesions.
    • Infectious Diseases in School Setting-Guidelines for School nurses and Personnel (Revised Dec. 2004) per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Please don't hesitate to contact Penny Bost, School Nurse, if you have a question or concern. We look forward to another school year working with your kids!