Penacook Elementary School Health Office
Safe Kids 500 Event
Safe Kids 500 event to be held at NH Motor Speedway in Loudon on Wednesday, May 3rd. This free event is open to all children and their families with the requirement that children are accompanied by a parent/guardian and that everyone must wear a bike helmet on the track.
Our goal is to promote bike safety and healthy living and we will have opportunities for bike safety checks and helmet checks while the children are there. NHMS rarely opens their track to groups and this unique opportunity is made possible by a partnership with Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and Safe Kids New Hampshire.
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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest agency in New Hampshire state government, responsible for the health, safety and well being of the citizens of New Hampshire. DHHS provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors and administers programs and services such as mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and public health.
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The school nurse is responsible for all the health and safety needs of the children during the school day. The nurse provides first aid, health counseling and education, manages communicable diseases, and develops plans to meet the needs of children with chronic health conditions. Health screenings of vision, hearing, height and weight are conducted throughout the year. Parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate with the school nurse about their child’s health issues.
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL
Students may not keep medicine in the classroom or in their possession at any time or for any reason. This is the law. A PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BRING ALL MEDICINES TO THE NURSE. The nurse’s office is the safest place for medication storage. Throat lozenges and cough drops should be kept in the health office.
*Policy also requires an adult to deliver all prescription medications to the school.*
Prescription Medication: If your child’s health care provider determines that
your child must receive prescription medication during the school day, the following steps must be completed and submitted to the school nurse:
1. A signed order from the physician. The form entitled “Authorization for Prescribed Medication during the School Day” (Health Office) or a similar form from the doctor’s office with the signature of the health care provider who prescribed the medication and signed by the parent must be submitted to the nurse.
2. The physician’s order must include the name of the student, medication, the dosage, the time the medication is to be taken, the length of time the student is to be on the medication and the condition the child is taking the medication.
3. The medication should be brought in the original prescription bottle.
The school nurse or a trained designee will dispense all medication. No student may take his/her own medication. Special exceptions apply to Inhalers and Epipens. A student may possess and use these medications themselves if certain requirements are met, including written approval of the student’s doctor and written verification from the doctor and parents that the student knows how to administer the medication themselves. Please call the school nurse if you have questions regarding this issue.
Over the Counter Medication: Any type of nonprescription medication (including cough drops) must be brought to the Health Office with a signed parent permission “Over-the counter medication form” or note stating the time and reasons it should be given. The medication must be in the container in which it was purchased. Students may not keep medication in the classroom.
The nurse’s office has stocked a few
over-the-counter medications for occasional use when other comfort measures
have not worked. Parents can sign the
form that goes home at the beginning of the school year indicating which
medications they give permission for their child to have if needed.
Printable Over the Counter Medication Form
IMMUNIZATIONS AND PHYSICAL EXAM
All children shall be immunized and have a complete physical exam prior to school entrance into kindergarten. Any student transferring into Penacook Elementary School from another public or private school must provide a written copy of their immunizations and physical exam signed by a physician upon registration in order to conform to the provisions of the New Hampshire Health/Immunizations Law.
*Children will be allowed entry into school only upon receipt of this information.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR SICK CHILD HOME
In the interest of your child’s health and the health of other children, we are sure you will want to cooperate with the following guidelines:
If your child feels ill in the morning or seems to show signs of becoming sick, please keep him/her at home. Although perfect attendance is desirable, a sick child should never be sent to school. General guidelines for keeping your child home from school are:
If your child has a contagious disease or is likely to be absent from school three or more days please notify the nurse or the school administration.
Cast and Crutches
Every year several students become injured and arrive at school with a cast or crutches. It is important that students have a note from home or the doctor letting us know what they limitations (including PE and recess) are and if any special arrangements need to be made. Parents should contact the office and the school nurse with the information needed to make the student comfortable at school.
If a student is in school
he/she is expected to be able to participate in outdoor activities and to go
outdoors for recess. If there is a medical reasons that a student should remain
inside, we will require a note from the doctor describing the diagnosis,
specific limitations and the length of time these limitations are in effect.
Please make sure that your student comes dressed appropriately to play outside.