When should I keep my child at home?

Any time your child is showing signs and symptoms of communicable illness including but not limited to: temperature of 100.0°F or greater, vomiting, diarrhea, and generalized rash. Students should be free of these symptoms for at least 24 hours without the aid of medication (e.g. remain fever-free for at least 24 hours without having to take fever reducing medication) prior to returning to school.

What over-the-counter medications are kept in the health office?

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) - For headaches, minor pain, or menstrual cramps - Requires updated parent permission annually
  • Ibuprofen (Advil) - For headaches, minor pain, or menstrual cramps - Requires updated parent permission annually
  • Calcium carbonate (TUMS) - For indigestion - Requires updated parent permission annually
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) - For hives/allergic reactions (will NOT be given for seasonal/environmental allergies)
  • Calamine lotion or Calagel - For minor skin reactions
  • Oragel or similar product - For mouth lesions or tooth pain
  • Bacitracin antibiotic ointment - For applying to minor wounds
  • Hydrocortisone cream - For itch relief

My child needs to take medication at school. What do I need to do?

All medications must be brought to the health office in the original container. Prescription medications must be labeled by the pharmacy or prescribing healthcare provider, clearly indicating student's name and medication dosage/instructions. Parents must complete and submit a Medication Permission Form. This form must also be signed by the prescribing healthcare provider if the medication is to be taken for more than 14 days (applies to both prescription and over-the-counter medications.)

See corresponding district policy.

I want my child to be able to self-carry and administer his/her rescue medication such as an epinephrine auto-injector or asthma inhaler. What do I need to do?

Parents must submit written documentation of the student's healthcare provider's approval to self-carry and administer, as well as written approval from parent. The documentation must clearly indicate that the healthcare provider has confirmed the student has the knowledge and skills to safely possess and self-administer the medication in school. The best form to use for this documentation is the Asthma Action Plan or Severe Allergy Action Plan.

See corresponding district policy.
 

I want my child to be able to self-carry and administer his/her rescue medication such as an epinephrine auto-injector or asthma inhaler. What do I need to do?


Parents must submit written documentation of the student's healthcare provider's approval to self-carry and administer, as well as written approval from parent. The documentation must clearly indicate that the healthcare provider has confirmed the student has the knowledge and skills to safely possess and self-administer the medication in school. The best form to use for this documentation is the Asthma Action Plan or Severe Allergy Action Plan.

See corresponding district policy.

My child is participating in a school sport. What do I need to do?

7th, 9th, and 11th grade athletes must have a physical exam conducted within the same calendar year before the start of their respective grade. In order to allow time for review, a record of the physical exam must be submitted to the school nurse at least 2 weeks prior to the start of pre-season. Students will not be permitted to begin practice until the school nurse has reviewed their physical exam record. A note from your healthcare provider clearing the student for sports participation without restrictions is also acceptable.

Athletes in all other grades must have a complete and updated Health History form on file. All high school athletes must also have a Concussion Information and Consent form on file. Both the Health History form and Concussion form can be found in the PowerSchool Family Portal.

See corresponding district policy.

What state-mandated health screenings are conducted at school?

Kindergarten - Distance vision, hearing

  • 1st grade - Distance and near vision, muscle balance, hearing

  • 3rd grade - Distance and near vision, muscle balance, hearing

  • 5th grade - Distance vision and hearing

  • 7th grade - Distance vision

  • 9th grade - Distance vision

Students who do not pass a screening are re-screened by the school nurse. If the student does not pass the re-screen, a referral letter will be sent home.

Pond Cove
Erin Taylor, RN
12 Scott Dyer Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-7339 x3113
Fax: (207) 799-8171
Middle School
Jill Young, RN
14 Scott Dyer Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-8176 x5145
Fax: (207) 767-0832
High School
Deborah Braxton, RN
345 Ocean House Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-3309 x4420
Fax: (207) 767-8050
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