Mrs. Amy Somerville
HEALTH DEPARTMENT POLICIES
- In accordance with state law, the East Hartford Board of Education requires each child to be protected by adequate immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hemophilus influenzae type B, hepatitis B, varicella and any other vaccine required by the schedule for active immunization as determined by the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-7f, prior to enrolling in any program or school under its jurisdiction. The Board also requires each child to receive a second immunization against measles before being permitted to enter seventh grade.
- Students new to Connecticut Schools, including kindergartners, must present a completed State of Connecticut, Department of Education, Health Assessment record (blue physical form) prior to enrollment.
- Students in grades 6 and 10 must have a physical assessment. An examination by the student’s private physician is encouraged but school Health Assessments (with a parent or school employee present) are available so that every child can complete this requirement. Failure to have a sixth or tenth grade examination will result in the child’s exclusion from school.
- A Health assessment is required prior to participation in all interscholastic sports programs.
- Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are used in the health offices for cleaning of minor cuts. Calamine lotion is used for insect bites and poison ivy. Bacitracin ointment is used as needed. Tylenol and Ibuprofen are administered with a signed permission form. If a parent wishes to have a student receive any medication on school property or at a school-sponsored activity, the parent must consult with the school nurse, who shall ensure that the administration of medication occurs in accordance with state law and Board policy and regulation.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Parents will be notified of a student's injury, which requires immediate attention. First aid will be administered by the nurse or qualified substitute for all injuries occurring during school hours. It is the parent's responsibility to provide further treatment.
- Communicable Diseases
If a child suffers from a communicable disease that may present, or have presented a danger of transmission to students and/or staff, parents are encouraged to report it to the school office or nurse. When a child returns to school from an absence due to a communicable disease, he/she shall present a doctor's certificate approving admittance to class.
- Dental Care
Dental Education in the school, with efforts to stimulate awareness of the need of dental health and the means by which it may be achieved, is emphasized. In East Hartford, the classroom teacher, with the cooperation of the school nurse, is responsible for the dental health program.
- Hearing Screening
All students in prekindergarten, kindergarten, grades 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8, and those with known hearing problems, as well as those referred by school personnel, are given a puretone audiometer test. If the student fails to respond to the testing according to regulated standards, the parent is notified and referred for medical consultation and/or treatment.
Children who are ill or show signs of becoming ill should not be sent to school. If a child becomes ill at school, parents will be notified and will be expected to provide transportation. There must be an adult to receive and take charge of the child.
Parents should ensure that the nurse's office has current emergency data in case of accident or illness when there is no one at home. If the parent cannot be reached, the person named on the emergency form will be contacted and requested to come for the child.
The existence of chronic conditions which may exempt a student from all physical activities must be reviewed yearly and a doctor's certificate presented to the nurse.
- Medical Appointment
Whenever possible, appointments should be made after school hours. In the event that this is not possible, the student must have a note from home or a parental call explaining the situation. The student will bring the note to the principal’s office, who validates the note and explains the procedure for dismissal to the student. The student and parent must sign out in the office before leaving.
- Medication at School
Administration of medications on school property and at school-sponsored activities is governed by state law and Board of Education policy and procedures. If a student requires the administration of medication on school property or at school-sponsored activities, the parent or guardian of such student should contact the school nurse, and provide the nurse with the written order of an authorized prescriber and the written authorization of the student's parent or guardian. The nurse shall arrange for administration of the medication in accordance with state law and Board of Education policy and procedures.
Students shall not possess medications (prescription or non-prescription) on school property or at school-sponsored activities without written permission of the school nurse in accordance with an administration of medication plan approved by the school nurse. Students who possess medications on school property or at school-sponsored activities without the written permission of the school nurse will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the student discipline policy of the East Hartford Board of Education.
- Physical Exams
The State Law requires that there shall be a health exam in grades six and ten. If this exam is not done by the school physician, then a report must be submitted to the school on completion by December 1st.
- Postural Screening
Spinal deformity, if undetected, may cause severe deformity. Connecticut State Statute requires each child in grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to have a postural screening which is the responsibility of the school nurse. Postural screening is also included as part of the health assessment in grades 6 and 7.
- Reporting of Accidents and Insurance
All accidents which occur at school or en route to or from school, or at school-sponsored activities are to be reported to the nurse immediately. If the student is insured under the school accident insurance program, the parent should present the claims to the school office of the Board of Education, 1110 Main Street East Hartford, CT.
- Vision Screening
Once a year in grades 1 through six, and also in grade nine, all children are given a vision-screening test. Parents are notified by the school nurse when a child has an apparent vision defect and are advised to take the student to an eye specialist. If necessary, the school nurse may confer with the parent until the pupil has received attention.
Color vision screening is done on all grade 5 students. When necessary, the school will report eye defects to the Principal and teacher so that the program may be adjusted to the pupil.