Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Jenny Hughes
Each year hundreds of students go to the Nurse’s Clinic for medications, injury, or illness. The guides to the left have been written to help our students and parents understand the district and Skaggs Elementary School policies for administration of medications and visits to the clinic. A guide for when to keep a student at home is also provided.
If you have any questions or need to discuss a problem about your child, please email or call me.
Sometime during the year your child may need to take medications for an illness, injury, or pain. Only medications that cannot be timed to take at home should be sent to school. Prescribed medication to be given 3 times a day usually can be given before and after school, and at bedtime. Ask your doctor if this would be acceptable.
All medications, prescription, over-the-counter (including cough drops) must be given in the clinic. Students are not allowed to administer their own medications. Please do not put medicine in your child’s lunch box or sack. All medications must be brought to the clinic by an adult and a Medical Request form must be completed. Medications must be in the original container (box or bottle) or a properly labeled prescription bottle. Medications will not be given if brought to school in a baggy, aluminum foil, or envelope. Please send only the amount of medication that will be needed at school--not the entire prescription. Most pharmacies will be glad to make up an empty bottle if you ask for one.
Please make your child aware that he or she needs to come to the clinic for medication at the specified time. Because our children are young, I will make every effort to call them from class, or remind them to come take their medication, but they do need to be aware that they have a responsibility to remember.
No medications are provided by the clinic. If your child has frequent headaches or will be having orthodontia work done, you may send a medication for pain (follow the above guidelines) to leave in the clinic, and that medication will be used only by your child.
When do I keep my child at home?
Many parents are unsure when to keep a child at home with an illness. Please keep your child home if they have any of the following symptoms:
- A temperature of 100.0 degrees or more in the previous 24 hours (please keep your child home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours to avoid spread of infection).
- Diarrhea or vomiting in the previous 24 hours (please keep your child home until symptom-free for 24 hours).
- If your child wakes up with one or both eyes that are red or pink, oozing green or yellow fluid or has matter stuck to the eyelids, please keep your child home and call your Doctor. Your child may have pink eye (conjunctivitis) which is EXTREMELY contagious until they have had 24 hours of prescription eye drops.
- If your child has a moist cough that is difficult to control with over-the counter medications, or your child is coughing up green or yellow sputum, please keep your child home and check with your Doctor.
A new emergency card is required each year. It is extremely important that this information is completed as soon as possible. Without updated emergency information, it becomes very difficult to reach you if your child is ill or injured. Information can be updated at any time via Parent Portal.
There are times when your child may become ill or injured at school and will need to come to the clinic for assessment or treatment. Minor aches and pains can be dealt with in the classroom. Following district guidelines, parents will be asked to take a student home if they have a temperature of 100.0 or above, an undiagnosed rash, or an undiagnosed red eye. A student will be sent home in the absence of fever with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, some sore throats, coughing, etc.