STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
- FSSD Health Care Response Protocols
Working in coordination with the state and local Health Departments, FSSD has established specific health care responses in the event a crisis requires specific action at the local school level.
- Immunization Requirements: In order to provide the safest environment possible in the schools, the state of Tennessee requires proof of immunization. Also required by the FSSD is proof of a physical exam for new students who have transferred from out-of-state. All of this information should be provided by your pediatrician on a required form available in Tennessee doctors’ offices or at the Public Health Department.
Medications at School
It is important to include medical diagnosis, allergies, medications and other health information on your child’s enrollment form and to inform your child’s school clinic personnel of any changes throughout the year.
State law prohibits dispensing of medications, both prescription and non-prescription, at school without a completed Medication Request Form. This includes over the counter medications such as cough drops, Tylenol, Motrin, and ointments such as Neosporin. If your child requires medication during the school day, or if you would like to have medications available at school to be given if needed, please complete this form. NOTE: Only FDA-approved medications will be administered at school.
An Individualized Health Care Plan is required for students with chronic illness, such as asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc.
Forms are also available from the school nurse. The first dose of any new medication is to be administered at home.
- Prescription medications and complementary and alternative medications require both a doctor’s signature and a parent/guardian signature. The medication must be brought to school in a labeled prescription medication bottle from the pharmacy.
- Non-prescription (over the counter) medications require a parent/guardian signature. The medication must be in a new, unopened container with the name of the medication and expiration date clearly visible.
Medications must be brought to the school clinic by a PARENT or GUARDIAN. It is a violation of STATE LAW and SCHOOL POLICY for a child to bring medication to school. NEVER send medication on the bus!
Illness Protocols and Staying Home
Illness: Students who have a fever are often contagious. Please keep your child home if he or she:
- has had fever of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours.
- has had vomiting or diarrhea two or more times in the past 24 hours.
- has been on antibiotics for strep throat, pinkeye or other infections for less than 24 hours.
Students will be sent home for….
- Fever of 100 degrees or higher (must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school, without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol).
- Vomiting or Diarrhea (must be free of vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school).
- Unexplained rash (must be rash-free or have a doctor’s note stating they can return to school).
- Suspected Pink Eye (must be symptom-free or have a doctor’s note stating when they can return to school).
- Lice (FSSD has a no nit-no lice protocol) See nurse for lice eviction guidelines. In order to prevent the spread of lice, the FSSD has a “no lice/no nit” policy. If your child is sent home for lice, please treat the hair with a pediculocide and remove all nits before sending him back to school. You may also need to treat the home environment by washing bedding and other items in hot water.Injuries/Illnesses that are determined by a school nurse or school administrator to require subsequent physician care or close monitoring (such as suspected fractures, head injuries, allergic reactions, asthma symptoms not controlled by available medications, etc.)
Student Athletes and Forms
Student Athletes: The State Board of Education requires athletes to have a complete health maintenance exam also known as a “well-child check” or Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) exam prior to sports participation. The health maintenance exam includes a thorough history, a physical exam, screening for hearing and vision, laboratory tests, immunizations and age-appropriate education. Students may obtain the comprehensive exam from their primary care provider, or if a child is uninsured, parents can inquire about eligibility for other health care programs like TennCare or Cover Kids. In addition, state law requires that students and parents must read and sign a Concussion Statement.
Student Health Screenings
Free health screenings will be provided throughout the school year in compliance with guidelines of the Tennessee Department of Education. These may include, but are not limited to, vision, speech, hearing, dental, height, weight and blood pressure.
Student Health Services
Amy Fisher, RN, Nursing Coordinator
Johnson Elementary School
815 Glass Lane
Franklin, TN 37064