Health Information For Parents
What does Nebraska state law require for my child to enter school?
- Record of Immunizations to include a minimum of:
- 3 doses of Dtap, DTP, or DT vaccine (one given after 4th birthday)
- 3 doses of Polio vaccine
- 2 doses of of MMR vaccine
- 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
- A physical exam (within 6 months prior to entrance date)
- Certified copy of birth certificate (must have raised, embossed seal)
- A vision exam. The included form needs to be filled out by an optometrist, physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. Click here for more information about Visual Examination Requirements,
What else do I need to do before my child enters school?
- A dental exam is not required by law but is recommended. Please have your dentist complete the form and return to school in Powerschool.
- Health record. In the Powerschool health forms, please note any health problems or diseases we need to be aware of at school such as: asthma, vision, ear, bladder, heart or skin problems. Your child will be spending the greater part of their day with us during the school year, and we feel a great responsibility for our students while they are under our jurisdiction.
What if my child needs to be given medication at school?
- Medications are strongly discouraged from being given at school. If at all possible, try to give them at home.
- If a prescription medication needs to be given at school, we will first need an authorization form signed by the physician and parent. The medication also needs to be in the original prescription bottle.
- If a non-prescription medication needs to be given at school, we will also need a permission form completed by the parent in Powerschool. The medication needs to be in the original container it came in.
- Medication authorization forms are located in the Forms section of Powerschool.
What are the school guidelines if my child gets a communicable disease?
We follow the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for contagious and infection diseases.
- Chickenpox - Exclude for at least 5 days after the eruption first appears or until vesicles become dry.
- Conjunctivitis (pinkeye) - Child will be sent home from school if symptoms noted and may return to school as soon as the eye is medicated with a prescription from your doctor.
- Head Lice - Exclude from school until treatment has been completed. Child may return to school the day following treatment. It is essential that all nits (lice eggs) be removed before the child returns to school. Treatment needs to be repeated in 7-10 days.
- Impetigo - Excluded until antibiotic ointment is applied to the affected areas.
- Ringworm - Fungal infection appearing as scaly oval lesions of the skin. Child is excluded until treatment is started.
- Scabies - Infection caused by an almost invisible mite that burrows under the skin and causes severe itching especially in the finger webs, elbows, and crotch. Child is excluded until the day after treatment is started.
PLEASE notify the school if your child has any communicable diseases so we can check the entire class and prevent a classroom epidemic.
Illness Guidelines and Recommendations from the School Nurse:
- If your child hasn’t felt well the evening before or has had a sore throat, cough, fever, vomiting or diarrhea---PLEASE keep them home 24 hours to avoid classroom epidemics.
- If your child comes to the nurse’s office or to Mrs. Hansen in the District Office complaining of not feeling well and has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher or has vomited, we will ask you to pick your child up from school.
- Be sure your child is better before they return to school.
Please send a note to your child’s teacher if they have been ill so the teacher might better understand if your child is not their “usual self” when they return.