We have an obligation to provide a safe school environment for all students. Pathogens can spread very quickly through contact with other children and staff; therefore we need to minimize the risk of infectious disease and decrease the spread of germs in order to prevent student/staff illness and absenteeism.
We request that you cooperate in our efforts to protect the health of all students by keeping your child home if he/she shows signs or symptoms of being ill. If a child arrives at school ill, or becomes ill during the day, an LPN or the teacher will call parents to request the child be taken home.
We consider sick children to be those having any of the following symptoms: excessive coughing or sneezing, vomiting, discolored nasal discharge, throat or ear infections; fever or flu-like symptoms; a contagious disease or condition; pain or diarrhea. Please call our school to speak to the teacher or one of the LPNs if you have medical/health information to share.
Each class will request periodically that a box of tissues and a box of diaper wipes (if required) be sent to school. Please send in these items promptly when requested. Learn more about this, health care supplise and clothing needs on our Dress Code page.
The LPNs assist in the promotion of individual student health, the prevention of disease or injury and the achievement or maintenance of optimum health and well being for identified students. The LPNs work in collaboration with Community Care Coordinator- Home Care, families, educational staff and other professionals from the community to ensure continuity of care.
Children with gastrostomy tubes require an emergency kit that is kept in their backpacks. It should include:
- A proper sized Foley catheter or other balloon type replacement (i.e. mic tube)
- A small syringe with adaptor blue tip
- Sterile water
Students on daily G-tube feeds are required to supply the following on the first day of each month:
- Feeding bag
- Adaptor/connector tubing
- A 30ml or 60ml syringe for flushing
- Blue tips
Students that require medication via G-tube also need a 60ml syringe for flushes before and after the medication is administered. Please send an additional syringe large enough to draw a single dose of the medication your child receives.
All medications must come to school in the original packaging along with doctor’s orders. Please send a supply of medication to be kept at school. You will be notified when we require additional medication. Only short-term meds (antibiotics, topical creams) will be sent to and from school daily.
Please send 12 or 20 cc syringes for each medication along with blue tips. All PRN meds (ie. Ativan, epi-pens, ventolin) must have current doctors’ orders and the medication should not be past the expiry date.
Students who are not Home Care eligible must have a signed Medication Release form signed and returned to the school prior to the administration of any medication. In these cases, a school staff member will administer the medication, once we have the authority to do so.
Medications administered by the LPNs at school require a doctor's order/prescription. This includes antibiotics, medicated creams, sprays, Tylenol, Advil, etc. Please ask your doctor to fax a copy of the original doctor’s order directly to Home Care at 403-943-1632. If an order is not processed through Home Care, the LPNs will not be able to administer the medication.
Students who are not supported by Home Care require an Administration of Medication form signed by the parent. If the student is not a Home Care client, a staff member, other than the LPN, will administer your child’s meds.
Phone Contact with the LPNs for Home Care Clients
Please call the school and speak to an LPN with any of the following information:
- Nutritional changes or concerns
- Hospital admissions
- Changes in health status
Please direct all medication changes or queries directly to the Community Care Coordinator-Home Care at 403-943-1900.
Forms You Need
Student Health Emergency Response Protocol Form
This form is to be used when there is a student health issue regarding attention. This includes when there is a request to administer medication.
Student Health Plan
This form is to be:
- completed if a physical or medical condition may affect the student's attendance at school
- completed if medication is to be taken at school,
- reviewed and updated annually or sooner if there is a change in the student's health concern or school registration.