Many parents are concerned about when to keep children at home or send them to school. The information below is provided to assist parents in making this decision. Keeping your child home when he/she is sick will allow your time to recover and help prevent the spread of illness to others. It is recommended that a student stay home if he/she:
If your child is ill, please call the school and report the reason for the absence. Reporting the specifics of your child’s illness helps us to take measures and precautions to prevent the spread of illness.
All medications whether prescription or over-the-counter must be brought into the school by an adult. No medication prescription or over-the-counter can be brought onto school property by a student. In order for a medication to be administered in Charles City Public Schools a medication form must be completed and are available in each clinic. All medication forms whether prescription or over-the-counter must be completed by the parent. Over-the-counter/non-prescription meds including fever/pain, antacids, cough drops and/or cough drops.
A prescription med form must be completed by the physician stating the the child’s name, diagnosis, medication, dosage, time and the duration the med is to be give along with the parent’s signature of consent. If the physician discontinues the medication, the parent must obtain an order from the physician to give to the nurse stating the medication has been discontinued. If the physician changes the medication a new form must be completed by the physician and the parent before it can be administered.
Likewise, an over-the-counter/ non-prescription med form must be completed and signed by the parent. Over-the-counter meds must be brought into the clinic by an adult, in an unopened container. If the over-the-counter med has to be given three (3) consecutive days, the parent will be notified and the medication will be discontinued until the parent has had follow-up with the child’s pediatrician. All medications will be kept in the clinic to be dispensed by the nurse, principal, or designee.
Keep-on-Person meds such as Epi-Pens and asthma inhalers will be determined by physician, parent and school nurse with consideration to the age and maturity of the child and whether the child is able to demonstrate correctly the administration and proper use of the medication.
Vision and hearing screenings are administered by our clinic staff to all students in grades K, 3, 7, & 10. Parents/guardians will be notified by mail prior screening. You will be notified of the results only if the need for further evaluation is necessary.
The Department of Education requires that all kindergartners and first graders entering school for the first time be fully immunized and have a complete physical by a licensed care giver before being allowed to enter school.
Students entering elementary school from out-of-state must have a complete physical by a licensed care provider in Virginia and show proof of current immunizations.
Additionally, the Department of Education requires that all students entering the 6th grade must have a booster dose of TDap vaccine, if at least 5 years has passed since the last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine.
Please note that your child will not be permitted to enter school without proof of current immunizations and or physicals by a licensed care provider.
Information about healthcare providers if my child does not have insurance can be found at www.famis.org.
Please contact our clinic staff I you have any questions, (804)829-9256 ES or (804) 829-9249 HS. Thanks for your cooperation and in helping us to make our students safe, healthy, and ready for learning.