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School Nurse

My name is Amy Hollingshead and as the school nurse, my main function is to help keep our whole school healthy.  Students and parents may contact the school nurse if they have any questions concerning the student’s medical needs. 

While we do our best to help keep our student body healthy, it becomes a difficult task when you send your children to school sick. This not only puts other students at risk, but it also delays your child’s recovery. The best prevention for spreading illness is to maintain good hand hygiene and to stay home when you are sick.  Your children’s teachers work hard to educate all of our students on keeping their hands clean.  Make sure to remind your children to wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, before and after eating, after playing, and after touching their face.

For answers to common health-related questions and school policies, please review the information below and check periodically for updates.  For further concerns please contact me directly.  The best way to reach me is via email or in person.  I am available on regular school days from 7:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. 

Thank you for entrusting us with the care and education of your child!

Amy Hollingshead, R.N., B.S.N.
 
When is a child too ill to attend school?

It is our goal to keep students in school as much as possible.  However, there are times when students need to stay home for their own health and/or the health and safety of others.  If any of the following symptoms are present, your student should be kept home and may be sent home if they experience these symptoms at school:

  • Fever - Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above.  Students need to stay home for 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal without the help of fever-reducing medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.   
  • Diarrhea – Two or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student feels ill.  Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last watery stool.
  • Vomiting – Vomiting two or more times in the last 24-hour period.  Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last time they vomited.
  • Rash – Rash of unknown origin or those known to be contagious such as ringworm, impetigo, or scabies.  Students may return to school after clearance from a healthcare provider or as soon as treatment has begun.
  • Eyes – Eyes draining mucus or pus, or that have unusual redness, itchiness, or pain not due to injury or allergy. 
  • Persistent cough – Students who are unable to participate in classroom activities due to persistent coughing should stay home.
  • Persistent headache.
  • Wheezing.
  • Earache.
  • Diagnosed Strep Throat or Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) – Must stay home 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics.

If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms, or is diagnosed with any of the communicable diseases listed at the above link, please notify office staff or the school nurse.  Please remember that when your child feels ill, the best place for them to be is at home.  We just cannot provide the same level of care for your child at school that you can provide at home. 

The school follows the guidelines set forth by the Southern Nevada Health District in regards to communicable diseases. 

 

Medical Information Forms

In order to provide the best educational experience, school personnel must understand your student’s health needs.  Please make sure to complete the Health Information Request form included on the School Forms Online portal.  A doctor’s exam is not required to complete this form. This form is required for each student and must be renewed each school year.  Be sure to inform the school nurse of any severe allergies and their associated symptoms, surgeries, accidents, or health problems. Authorization of Self Administration Form

Medications

Current state law and Adelson Campus school policy prohibits the school nurse or administrators to administer any medication, including over-the-counter medication, without a signed doctor’s note and signed parental permission.  The Medication Consent form can be downloaded for this purpose.  Please make sure that we have both your signature and your healthcare provider’s signature on the form before turning it in.  This form must be renewed each school year.  If your student does not require medication while at school, there is no need to complete this form.

If your student requires prescription medication to be given while at school, a written prescription or current prescription bottle must be provided to the school nurse that includes their name, date of birth, medication name and dose, and dosing schedule.  Please note that the dose and dosing schedule cannot be changed without a signed order from the prescriber.  If your upper school student self-carries medication such as an EpiPen or asthma inhaler, the school nurse needs to be notified and an Authorization for Self Administration of Medication needs to be completed.  This form requires both a parent and healthcare provider’s signature.

Any medical treatment needed on school field trips requires an additional consent form to be completed and returned prior to the event.

Food Allergies

Please notify the school nurse of any food allergies or sensitivities that your child has.  There is a place for this on the Health Information Request form on the School Forms Online portal. If your child has an anaphylactic allergy, we must receive an updated Emergency Allergy Care Plan from your healthcare provider annually.  We have attached a sample plan for you here.

Lower school students are welcome to bring birthday treats for their class.  Please verify with the school nurse at least 24 hours in advance if there are any food allergies in your child’s class.  You will also need to have approval from our campus Mashgiach before the treat is delivered to your child’s classroom to ensure it is kosher. For more information please refer to the Kosher Treats Guide.

The Adelson Campus is Peanut Sensitive.

Environmental Conditions

It is important for the health of children to be able to get outside to play every day!  Living in the Nevada desert means that we often deal with weather extremes.  For the safety of all of our students when participating in outdoor activities, we adhere closely to the recommendations of the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Adelson Campus school procedures for environmental conditions can be found here.  If at any time you feel that your student is an exception to these procedures, please contact the nurse’s office to discuss further.  We may be able to make accommodations for your student on an individual basis.

Lice

The Adelson Campus enforces a no-nit policy.  If a student is found to have live lice or nits they will be sent home.  They may return to school after treatment and all nits are removed.  Please make sure to notify the school nurse prior to your child’s return to school.