Dear Parent / Guardian,
This letter brings you important information on some of the healthcare policies, regulations, and general information you need to know to help us ensure students have a successful school year.
Ø Make sure your child has a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast either at home or at school every day so they can be ready to learn.
Ø Keep them home when they are ill and contact the child’s doctor or clinic when you have concerns. Sending children to school sick always means the school nurse will need to contact you to come and pick up the child from school. You will be contacted when the child becomes ill or has a serious injury at school so make sure we have correct emergency contact information for you and at least one other person.
Ø We will also request the names and phone numbers of the child’s primary care provider, eye doctor, and dentist. We also want the name of the hospital you would want us to send our child to in the event of a serious injury or accident.
The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends regular physical examinations for children between three (3) years and eighteen (18) years of age. If a primary care provider or doctor has examined your child in the past twelve (12) months, ask for a physical examination report form to present to the school nurse.
Within thirty (30) days of enrollment, a physical exam report is required for all students enrolling in the school district for the first time, regardless of the student’s age or grade. This requirement also applies to any student who had been enrolled in the district before, but is returning after one (1) year or more.
Students with chronic healthcare problems, special healthcare needs, and who require medication administered on a regular basis during the normal school day are required to present a physical exam report to the school nurse at the beginning of each school year.
Students who participate in cheerleading and on athletic team(s) are required to have an annual physical examination report on file with the school nurse and in the athletic office.
All other students in grades KG, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are requested to present physical examination report forms to the school nurse.
Health related information on enrolled students is kept private and confidential. The information is vital to the completion of individualized healthcare plans utilized by the school nurse and others in the school setting who need to know how to assist your child. Failure to provide the required physical examination reports can result in exclusion from the school setting.
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Missouri’s immunization law (Section 167.181RSMo) requires students to show proof of compliance upon enrollment in public, private, parochial, or parish schools. This law requires complete immunization dates for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B, and varicella for grades KG – 12th.
Other sections of Missouri’s laws require pre-school students to show proof of vaccinations against Hib (Haemophilus influenza type B) in addition to the immunizations above.
Tdap booster is required for all students age 11-18 yrs. If your child has already had this immunization, please bring a copy of the record to the school nurse. Check with your child’s primary care provider, clinic, or the last healthcare facility where the child received a shot to obtain the most up-to-date copy of the complete shot record. Complete immunizations records must include the month, date, and year of administered vaccines.
Always notify the school nurse when your child receives a new shot. If the school nurse sends a Notice of Need Letter to you regarding the child’s need for an immunization, take the child to the doctor promptly to avoid the child being excluded from school. The state law requires exclusion from school of all students who do not complete vaccinations once started.
The school nurse can be a very important resource in helping you with the healthcare needs of your child. This is especially true if your child does not have healthcare insurance. Information on Missouri’s healthcare insurance for children is available in every school nurse’s office.
The Office of Health Services and all the school nurses need your help to assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for your child. We know we can count on you to provide all necessary health related information on your child.
If there is a need for additional information, contact the school nurse at (314) 652-9282.
Thank you for your support,
Surilla J. Shaw, RN, MSN, PLPC Aubrey Robinson
Supervisor Office of Health Services School Nurse, Compton-Drew ILC