The School Board requires that all students be properly immunized against whooping cough, poliomyelitis, measles, diphtheria, rubella (German measles), tetanus, and mumps. Every child who enters kindergarten or grade 1 shall be immunized against hepatitis B, and chicken pox. Every child who enters grades 9 and 12 shall be immunized against hepatitis B. From time to time other communicable diseases may be designated by the State Board of Health.
Parents are required to furnish to their child's school, no later than the first day of school after enrollment, a written statement of the child's immunization accompanied by a physician's certificate or other documentation. Students whose parents do not provide the required documentation by the opening day of school may be admitted to school provided the documentation is received within twenty (20) days and is in accord with the Superintendent's administrative guidelines on immunization. If the student remains unimmunized at the close of the twenty (20) day period, the Superintendent shall commence expulsion proceedings, unless the parents have filed a religious objection or submitted a physician's statement that the needed immunizations are contra-indicated.
Information concerning meningococcal disease (meningitis) and its vaccine shall be provided to students and parents at the beginning of the school year by the Superintendent. The information will include information concerning the causes, symptoms and spread of meningococcal diseases and places where parents may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their children.
Exemptions to the immunization requirements shall be granted, in accordance with State law, only for medical, religious, or other reasons allowed by the State.
The parent of each female student who is entering grade six (6) shall be provided with information prescribed by the State Department of Health concerning cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and that an immunization against the HPV infections is available. Within twenty (20) days after the first day of school, the parent shall provide a written statement as prescribed by the State Department of Health regarding the HPV information.
In the event that students must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines are to be observed:
- Parents should determine with their physician's counsel whether the medication schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering medication during school hours.
- A Medication Request and Authorization form must be filed with the respective building principal before the student will be allowed to begin taking any medication during school hours. This written and signed request form is to be submitted on an annual basis.
- All medications to be administered during school hours must be registered with the principal's office. Upon receipt of the medication the school nurse shall verify the amount of medication brought to the school and indicate that amount on the student medication log sheet.
- Medication that is brought to the office will be properly secured. Medication may be conveyed to school directly by the parent. Two to four weeks supply is recommended.
- For each prescribed medication, the container shall have a pharmacists's label with the following information:
- Student's Name
- Physician's Name
- Pharmacy Name and Telephone
- Name of Medication
- Prescribed Dosage and Frequency
- Special Handling and Storage Directions
- At no time shall medication be administered in dosage that exceeds that listed in the Physician's Desk Reference, unless requested dosage is verified by the physician.
- Any unused medication unclaimed by the parent will be destroyed when the prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of the school year.
- A medication administration log will be kept for each prescribed medication.
A student may be allowed to possess and self-administer an over-the-counter medication upon the written authorization of the parent. The parent must complete an "Authorization for Nonprescribed Medication and Treatment" form and submit to the school office for filing in the student's records.
Students in possession of medication without the proper authorization are subject to disciplinary action by the principal.
Dispensing of nonauthorized, over-the-counter medication is prohibited.