Frequently Asked Questions

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Q - My child is not feeling well. Should I send him/her to school or keep home?
A - When to keep your ill child home: 

Q. - Can my child take medication while at school?
A. - Yes. Your child may take medication while at school. The district policy must be followed for your child to take medication while at school. The medication policy and needed medication authorization forms are found under the Medication Use.

Q. - Can my child self-carry his/her medications?
A. - Medications except for controlled substances can be self-carried by the student according to district policy. Completed medication authorization forms will permit students to self-carry and self-administer these medications. The completed medication forms must be kept in the school office and a copy . It is advisable that back-up medication be kept in the school office.

Q. - My child will need to use crutches or a wheelchair for a short time while at school. What do I need to do?
A.- Your child may use crutches or a wheelchair while at school. A note from the parent stating the reason why your child needs the crutches or wheelchair is required. Parent will need to supply the crutches and/or wheelchair. Please notify the school nurse or building secretary at least 24 hours in advance that your child will be using crutches or a wheelchair so that appropriate accommodations can be made.

Q. - My child has a specific health condition that I would like the school to be aware of. Who do I contact?
A. - You should first notify your child's teacher(s) of the medical condition. Contact the School Nurse. The school nurse can help coordinate any needed medical service between home, medical provider, and school. Please indicate any pertinent health information on the emergency card.

Q. - What immunizations are needed for my child to start school?
A. - Current and complete immunizations are needed for your child to start school. The immunizations needed are listed under the "Immunization" tab on the website.

Q. - My child has a life-threatening food allergy. What can I expect regarding the school's response in dealing with the health needs of the student with food allergies?
A. - P-CCS is actively involved with providing a safe environment for all students including students with food allergies. Contact the School Nurse at your child's school. She can be instrumental in working with you and the school to develop a coordinated school health management plan to address your child's allergy needs while at school.

Q.- My child has a rash. Can my child attend school with the rash?
A.- Wayne County Health Department requires that any undiagnosed rash must be evaluated by a medical provider to ensure that the rash is not contagious. If your child has an undiagnosed rash, your child should be seen by a medical provider. Please provide a note from the doctor indicating the medical diagnosis of the rash. The medical provider should also indicate if the condition is contagious and when it is ok for your child to safely return to school. Any rashes that are considered contagious should be under medical treatment for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

Q.- My child will not be able to attend school for an extended period due to a serious medical condition. How will my child receive academic instruction while at home recovering?
A.- Academic instruction given in the home environment is available through the district's homebound services. Contact the homebound services department at 582-6801for further information.

Q: My child has head lice (pediculosis). What is head lice and how do I treat this at home?
A. - Head lice are often a subject of concern among parents of school age children. Anyone can get head lice. A head lice infestation is a mild health condition without serious health consequences for a child, and should not be considered as a major health threat to those infested or those potentially exposed. There is NO correlation between cleanliness and getting head lice. Head lice live on the human head and are not carried by animals. Knowing how a louse bug comes in contact with the hair and how to prevent head lice is important in controlling any head lice outbreaks. Knowing how to treat head lice is equally important. Head lice can not be completely eliminated from communities or schools. Neither the occurrence of a case nor an outbreak should be considered as evidence of a breakdown in hygienic practices on the part of individuals, families, nor schools.

Look under Head Lice on the Parent Resources Page for additional information and answers to the following questions: What does lice look like?; How do you get head lice?; How do you treat head lice?; and What do I do if my child has head lice?

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