Clinic

Star of the Sea Catholic School has a nurse on duty.

Frequently asked questions:

Can my child take medication at school?

Yes, your child may be given over the counter medication and prescription medication only if the following requirements are met:

  1. Must have a signed medication administration form completed by your physician and signed by the parent.
  2. The medication must be brought to the clinic in the original box by the parent or an adult. The medication MAY NOT be brought to school by the child.

What if my child has severe allergies, such as peanuts?

Students with food allergies must provide their own snacks for snack time or special parties to be stored in a covered container and kept in the classroom. We have an allergy form that needs to be filled out by the parent and the physician. If it is necessary, an epi-pen can be kept in the cafeteria, clinic and/or the classroom. Also, we provide allergy reaction information to the class and the teachers.

My child has asthma; can he carry his inhaler with him?

We do not encourage children to carry their inhalers with them. We would prefer to keep medications in the clinic. However, if your child is so severe that a doctor has filled out the form stating that he must carry an inhaler with him at all times, it will be permitted.

Is your child too sick for school?

  • Chickenpox: school exclusion for seven days or until vesicles become dry.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Students may not attend if discharge is present and must be treated with and antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school. A note from the doctor is required to return to school.
  • Head Lice: Must be nit and louse free. Prior to returning to school, the child must be checked by the school nurse.
  • Bacterial infections: May return once the child has been on antibiotics for twenty-four hours, and is fever free for twenty-four hours.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and /or fever: May not return to school unless the student has not vomited for twenty-four hours, has not had diarrhea for twenty-four hours and has not had a fever for twenty-four hours.
  • View the complete Star of the Sea School Guidelines for Student Illness by clicking here.

Medical Forms (Downloadable PDF)

  • School Entrance Physical
  • Request to Administer Medication at School (contact clinic for information)
  • Life-Threatening Allergy Management Plan (contact clinic for information)
  • Asthma Action Health Care Plan & Authorization for Medication (contact clinic for information)
  • Emergency Alert Care Plan for Use of Epi-Pens (contact clinic for information)

Screenings

During the school year, students in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 will have height, weight, vision and hearing screenings done. If at any time during the school year you have a question about your child’s hearing or vision, please contact the school nurse. Below are additional forms you may need prior to enrolling your child at Star of the Sea:

Head Lice

Head lice are passed from person to person by direct contact or on shared objects, such as hats, combs, towels, barrettes, headphones, etc. Encourage your child to keep these things to his or herself. If you do find head lice, don't panic-just follow these steps to easily take care of the problem.

  1. Check every member of the family. Lice are hard to spot, so look for tiny white eggs (nits) on hair shaft, near the scalp, especially at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Head lice are tiny, wingless, grayish-tan insects. Any family member with lice or nits must be treated.
  2. Use an effective head lice treatment (pediculocide). Several are available without prescription.

Most of these chemicals require two treatments 7-14 days apart. If crawling lice are still seen after a full course of treatment contact your health care provider. There are also businesses in town that offer full treatment in your home or at their office.

  1. Remove all nits. Gently comb your child's hair with the special nit removal comb. Nit combs are provided with most lice treatment products.

* **Star of the Sea School requires students to be nit-free before they may be readmitted.***

  1. Wash clothes, bed linens, and towels. Use hot water wash, dry on hot cycle for at least 20 minutes. Items such as stuffed animals, headphones and hats that are not machine washable must be dry-cleaned or stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed plastic bag for a minimum of two weeks.
  1. Soak combs, brushes, etc. in hot water (at least 130 degrees) for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  1. Put book bags and coats in the dryer for at least 20 minutes on high heat.
  1. Vacuum everywhere. To ensure the rest of your home is louse free, vacuum carpets, pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture, even cars and car seats.

Thank you for your prompt attention. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions. Karen Loiacono, RN

Monica Baragar, RN

Clinic Phone 757-428-8400 ext. 14