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School health includes health education, a healthy environment and health services. Health content is included to help our students prepare for a healthy lifestyle. Health services include a variety of activities, including mental health services offered by the school counselors and social worker and the lunch program offered in the cafeteria. Please read the following information about health in school.  

HEALTH SCREENING. The state mandates vision and hearing screening for all kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 9th graders and students new to the district. In addition, 7th graders are screened for vision. If any problems are identified, parents/guardians will be notified. If a student has had a vision or hearing exam during the past year, they may be excused from this testing upon a written report from their health care provider. Students should have their corrective lenses with them in school at all times.

IMMUNIZATIONS. All students in Ohio are required to have up-to-date immunizations documented and on file. Contact your health care provider or the Greene County Combined Health District at 374-5600 for their immunization clinic schedule. Students will be excluded, but not excused, from school on the 15th day of school if immunization mandates are not met. See the link for required immunizations.

At the beginning of the school year you will be given a form for EMERGENCY MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION. Please return this form to the school as soon as possible. We use these forms whenever a student travels off-campus or has a health concern at school. State law requires that it be updated annually. It is important that you include telephone numbers that can be used to contact you in an emergency. Also, please include the names and numbers of individuals nearby who can be contacted in the case of emergency or illness if you are unavailable. Consent for medical treatment covers only an emergency as determined by emergency medical services. It does not mean that you are consenting for routine care. Your student will not be able to participate in any field trips, special activities or off-campus activities until this authorization is completed and returned. Please include any health conditions that may affect your student.

HEALTH IN SCHOOL. Health is an important factor in being able to learn. Please be sure that your student is well rested and nourished before coming to school each day. Students need to have adequate food and beverages during the day, so please help them plan for this on a daily basis.  Personal hygiene is important for health and self-esteem. Please work with us to encourage students to be responsible and accountable in being clean, well groomed and dressed appropriately.  

ILLNESS. If your student is sick in the morning, please do not send him/her to school with a temperature above 100 degrees or if you have been told that they have a communicable disease and have been on medication for less than 24 hours. Notify the school office of the absence.  If your student is identified as having a possible communicable disease (such as impetigo, conjunctivitis or ‘pink eye’, or lice), you will need to pick them up from school immediately. Do not return the student to school until treatment has occurred or there is documentation that the child is free of communicable disease.  If a student complains of not feeling well during the school day and has a temperature above 100 degrees, you or someone indicated on your emergency authorization form will be notified to pick up the student. If there is no fever and the student is unwilling to return to class activities, you will be notified. There is no clinic in the school, and only limited space to rest. Licensed health care personnel are not in the building during each day. First aid will be offered, but anything exceeding first aid will be referred to you or the emergency squad for treatment. The single most effective prevention against the spread of disease is proper hand washing before eating and after toileting!

MEDICATIONS. Ohio law allows schools to assist with the self-administration of medications if the medication is necessary for the student to be able to attend school and cannot be scheduled outside of school hours. District policy requires all medications to be registered with the principal’s office. In order to be able to take medications during the school day, there must be a completed signed request (Form 5330) on file in the principal’s office. If you are anticipating going to a health care provider, you may want to take a form with you. All medication must be delivered in the original container by the parent or guardian. Medication will not be accepted for administration from the student. Be sure to ask your pharmacist to prepare and label a container for both home and school. Because unlicensed personnel will be assisting with medication administration, it is critical that all forms and steps are followed precisely. Medications must have been given under the supervision of parents with no adverse effects before the student can take the medication at school.

Prescription medication must be accompanied by a signed authorization from the health care provider. Medication that needs to be given temporarily and that is over-the-counter (for example, Benadryl, Tylenol, nasal sprays, Ibuprofen, cough suppressants, topical ointments) should be planned for administration outside of the school hours. However, if that medication is necessary for the student to attend school, you may complete a non-prescription medication request form and deliver the medication in the original container to the school. Parents/guardians unable to meet the requirements for the school to assist with the administration of medication are welcome to come to the school to supervise the administration of the medication to their student. Students are not permitted to carry medications on their person (except those emergency medications authorized by the licensed health care provider, requested by a parent, and approved by the principal). Medications must have been given under the supervision of parents with no adverse effects before the student can take the medication at school.

SPECIAL HEALTH NEEDS. Some students have special health needs that require accommodations in school or a plan in the event of an emergency. Conditions such as asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes, bleeding disorders, severe allergies, and anaphylaxis, require a plan. If your student has a known health condition, please call the school to talk to the school nurse about making sure that there is a plan in place in the case of an emergency for your student. Forms regarding allergies and asthma are available on this website and can be sent to the school nurse.

Good health is a responsibility of the entire community. Keep in mind that smoking is not permitted on our school grounds or in the school buildings. Please observe the safety regulations around the school buildings and encourage your students to practice safe health habits such as:

Wearing seat belts

Wearing bike helmets

Wearing protective gear with skateboards and roller blades

Using crosswalks

Staying away from construction areas

Avoiding risky situations

Getting plenty of rest

Eating well

Sharing their concerns with you

Please contact the school nurse if you want to talk about specific health concerns or if you are interested in helping to promote health in our schools.

 
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Yellow Springs Exempted Village Schools
201 S. Walnut Street
Yellow Springs, OH

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