Christina Warren, RN, BSN, NCSN ~ PCHS School Nurse
information in managing your child’s health. If your child’s health in any way changes
during the year, please let me know. This also provides me with the information on how to
reach you if your child becomes ill or injured.
have a booster (second) dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine
North Carolina law provides for only two types of exemptions from required immunizations, medical and religious.
school entry, your student will not be allowed to attend school until it is provided,
If your child is NEW to North Carolina Public Schools; Health Assessment Transmittal Form & Immunization Requirements DUE by of the first day of attendance
UP-TO-DATE IMMUNIZATION RECORD
NC State law § 130A-152 and § 130A-155 requires immunizations for every child present in this state. Every parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis is responsible for ensuring that their child receives required immunizations. If you have specific questions regarding your child, please contact your child's health care provider or your local health department. Proof of North Carolina Vaccine-Specific requirements for K-12 School must be submitted to the school within 30 calendar days of the child's first day of attendance, or your child will be excluded until proof is presented.
North Carolina law provides for only two types of exemptions from required immunizations. These are medical and religious. If your child has a medical or religious exemption to this vaccine(s), then you are required to provide documentation of this exemption(s).
If your child must have MEDICATION during school hours; Authorization of Medication Form (only valid for the current school year)
Please make every effort to give your child's medication at home. Our school has a written policy to assure the safe administration of medication to students during the school day. If your child must have medication of any type given during school hours, including over-the-counter drugs, you have the following choices:
- You (or your adult designee) may come to school and give the medication to your child at the appropriate time(s).
- You may obtain a copy of the medication form from the school nurse, or print the Authorization of Medication Form. Take this form to your child's doctor and have him/her complete the form by listing medication(s) needed, dosage, and number of times per day the medication is to be administered. The form must be completed by the doctor for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The form must be signed by the doctor and you, the parent, or guardian. Prescription medications must be brought to school in a pharmacy-labeled bottle which contains instructions on how and when the medication is to be given. Over-the-counter drugs must be received in the original container and will be administered according to the doctor's written instructions.
- You may discuss an alternative schedule for administering medications with your child's doctor.
Students are NOT to transport medication to or from school.
An adult must bring the medication to the school office and sign it in/out.
If your child has FOOD ALLERGIES; Medical Statement for Students with Unique Needs for School Meals (only valid for the current school year)
If your child is ILL:
It is important for the health of all students, faculty, and staff that your child does not attend school when he/she is ill. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's illness, please call the school nurse or your licensed healthcare provider.
Below are some examples of reasons to stay home:
1) If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19, please keep your child home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
2) If your child is running a fever, please keep your child home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
3) If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, please keep him/her at home until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
4) If your child has a rash or lesion of unknown reason, he/she should be evaluated by a licensed health care provider before returning to school. Inform the school nurse. Please provide written documentation to the school nurse from the licensed healthcare provider indicating that your child has been cleared to return to school.
5) Open sores with or without drainage should always be covered. If you suspect staph infection, please have your child evaluated by a licensed health care provider indicating that your child may return to school.
6) Red or pink eyes, with complaints of itching, pain, watering, drainage or crusting should be evaluated by a licensed healthcare provider. The child may return 24 hours after the start of antibiotics with a doctor's note. Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is highly contagious.
7) If your child has chicken pox, he/she may return to school after clearance from the licensed health care provider and when the blisters are dried and scabbed over (5-10 days after onset). Please call the school nurse informing her as soon as possible once a diagnosis is made.
8) If your child has a suspected concussion. Medical clearance is necessary prior to returning to learn/play. 2023-2024 Concussion Guidelines
If you have any medical questions or concerns please contact the school nurse.
If your child is absent, please fill out the attendance form or send in a written note to inform the school of the absence and the reason.
**Please refer to
to review Student Attendance Policies**
- Help your student monitor their health.
- Stay home when sick with fever. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs can be picked up by our hands and get into the body through mucous membranes on the face.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, devices, writing instruments, and books.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
- Well-Visit follow ups. Vaccinations are an important tool to help stop the spread of disease. COVID-19 vaccines are now available for individuals 6 months old and above.
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