All students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 12 are required to furnish a valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization prior to enrollment. School officials shall record the immunization data on the student’s health record and/or attach a copy of the certificate to the health record. For more information from DHEC, see this link.
Students with contagious diseases are not allowed to attend school. Children should be kept at home if they have experienced vomiting or fever during the night. Students should be fever free for 24 hours without using medicine to bring the temperature down before returning to school.
Parents will be notified if a student becomes ill or is injured during school. When it is necessary for the student to leave school, a parent, guardian, or designated alternate must sign the student out in the office. The health and well-being of all students is of utmost importance. We will request that you pick up your child if his/her medical condition is unstable, or if he/she is not capable of participating in the daily school activities. This decision is based upon an assessment conducted by the school nurse. In addition, the school must also follow the DHEC School Exclusion List for specific medical conditions to be in compliance with SC State Health guidelines.
If a student brings medication to school, the following requirements must be met:
- The Medication Consent Form must be completed and turned in with each medication. The form must be signed by the doctor and the parent.
- Prescription medicines must be in the pharmacy container with your child’s name on it. (Ask your pharmacist for an extra bottle in order to divide the prescription between home and school.)
- Parents must deliver all medications to school.
- The medication must carry a prescription label with the following information: student’s name, date, medication name, dosage, strength, and the directions for use (frequency, duration, mode of administration), the name of the prescriber, and the name and address of the pharmacy.
- Medication will be kept in a locked cabinet in the office at all times.
- School personnel will give medication only with a completed form signed by the parent and the doctor.
- Medication must not be sent with a child on the bus or with a child walking to school.
- The Medication Consent Form must be completed, signed by the parent and turned in with the medication when the parent brings it to the office.
- The over-the-counter medication must be in the original container or box, unopened with the manufacturer's seal intact (not in a plastic bag).
- The following items will be available in the health room for first aid treatment of your child during the school day: Saline eye wash, Vaseline, Hydrocortisone 1% cream, and Aloe Vera. If you do not wish for your child to be treated with these items, please send a written note to the nurse including your child’s name, the teacher’s name, the date, and your signature.
- NO other medications are supplied by the school.
NOTE: ASPIRIN OR PRODUCTS CONTAINING ASPIRIN CANNOT BE GIVEN OUT WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION.
If medical emergencies arise, the school nurse and school administrator will enact medical care deemed appropriate to the student (i.e. call 911 or transport the student to the hospital). In these cases, the schools will make every attempt to contact the parent/guardian. Please be sure to keep your student's emergency information updated with correct phone numbers. If a parent/guardian is out of town and has left their child in the care of another adult, written documentation should be on file with the school. This documentation will authorize the school to contact the alternate person in case of illness or a medical emergency.