Student Health Services
Welcome to the student health services page. The School District of Lodi employs a full time nurse, Jean Winter and a part time nurse, Rodney Barrow, to address the health care needs of the students in our district. If your child has a health care need please contact Jean Winter or the administrative assistant in building your student is enrolled in. The office staff in our buildings are a valuable asset to our student health services team and will convey concerns to the school nurse. Our nurse's have office hours in each building. If you would like to meet with the nurse to discuss student health concerns, please feel free to call and arrange an appointment time.
Health services the school nurses provide or are involved with:
- Managing medications your student needs while at school.
- Involved in developing 504 plans, Individual health care plans (IHP) and individual education plans (IEP).
- Responding to emergency situations.
- Coordinating complex care for students with significant medical needs while at school.
- Provide training for staff regarding medications and health care needs for students while at school.
- Serves as a health resource for school staff.
- Partners in vision and hearing screenings.
- Manages student immunization requirements for schools per Wisconsin state laws.
- Collaborating with community healthcare partners in the care of our students.
- Provides health education and health promotion within our school community.
- Health Room Visits
- Medication Policy, Procedure and Consent
- Medication Forms
- When to Keep Your Child Home
- Head Lice Information
If your student is seen in the Health Office for a significant concern during a school day, they will receive a treatment sheet. A treatment sheet reflecting your students’ health concern and the care they received will be sent home with the student. If your child comes to the health office for a very minor concern (a reported injury with no visible wound or bruise, or a social visit) a health sheet will not be sent home.
If your child has a fever 100 degree’s or over; has vomited; is experiencing diarrhea; has a rash that may be communicable; has a questionable sprain/strain or break or require stitches; has a head injury requiring medical attention, or are so ill that they will not be able to make it through an academic day, you will be notified and asked to come an get your student.
We cannot diagnose illnesses or rashes, and may request that you see your doctor in order to confirm or rule out communicable illnesses.
If diagnosed with Strep throat or Pink eye, a student must receive three doses of prescribed medication before returning to school.
Our school nurses cover multiple buildings and work as a team with the office staff /health aid in each building in the district. Our office staff is trained to assess medical situations, and is able to reach the School Nurse if needed outside of assigned hours. Each building also has a CORE team of individuals who have been trained in CPR, first aid and the use of AED (Automatic External Defibrillators). This team can be called in case of an emergency and will be the first responders prior to an ambulance arriving.
If your child is experiencing medical problems please call the school nurse as we are here to assist you and your student.
Medication Policy, Procedure and Consent
Prescriptions medications: Required MD and parent signatures and must be kept in the office.
Over the counter medications can be given with only a parent signature as long as they are within the therapeutic dose range for the age and weight of your child. Lowest effective dose is preferred.
MS, HS and Transitional students can self-carry over the counter medications only if they are responsible, have only a travel size amount, and do not share their medication with any other students. Parent and student signatures are required on the self-carry form. All prescription medications must be kept in the office.
Parent responsibilities regarding medications at school
If at all possible, please arrange for your student to have their medication taken outside of the time they are in school. If a student needs to take medication during school hours, per state law, there are guidelines that must be followed before this can occur. Medication administration in schools is governed by Wis. Stat. sec. 118.29.
- I understand that prescription medications require BOTH a physician and parent signature.
- I understand that all medications should be delivered to the school by parent/guardian, and will be supplied in a properly labeled container. Extra prescription labeled bottles can be obtained from your pharmacy upon request for when a dose needs to be divided between home and school.
- I understand that over-the-counter (non-prescription) medications may be administered at school with just a parent signature, only if it is being administered per the therapeutic dosage recommendations listed on the original packaging per age/weight of the child.
- This order is in effect for this year unless otherwise indicated. A new order is required at the start of each school year and ends on the last day of summer school.
- If there are any changes to this medication during the school year, I will notify the school.
- I understand that when the medication at school is no longer needed, an adult will pick up the remaining medication. It will not be sent home with the student. If the medication is not picked up by a parent it will be properly disposed of according to medication safety guidelines. They only exception would be approved self-carry medications at the Middle School and High School.
- I agree to hold the Lodi School District, it employees and agents who are acting within the scope of their duties harmless in any and all claims arising from the administration of this medication at school.
- I request and authorize that this medication(s) be administered at school by school personnel. This will include trained personnel who are NOT registered nurses.
- The only students who will be allowed to self –carry and administer over-the-counter medications at school are Lodi Middle School, Lodi High School, and Transitional Students with the permission to self –carry medication form on file at the school office.
- All prescription medication must be brought into the office by an adult. Some of these medications are controlled substances that must be carefully monitored and kept in the office for administration.
- Inhalers, glucagon and epinephrine auto injectors are prescription medications that maybe carried by a student with a medical need. Having a supply in the office is also highly recommended to provide the school with the resources we need to care for the student in an emergency situation.
- Students at the Middle School, High School and Transition Students may be permitted to carry a travel size (less than 50 TABS) supply of an over-the-counter medication and self administer only if a self-carry form is on file at the school.
These policies exist for the safety of our students. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.
Please call with any questions.
Links to the Medication Forms
All medication forms are to be renewed on an annual bases. Please have a responsible adult drop off any medication needed to be kept in the school office for administration.
- Please take time to review so that you are aware of the medication procedures at school.
- Requires both a health care provider and parent signature.
Over-the-counter/Non-Prescription Medication Forms (These medications will be kept in the office and student must come to the office to take the medication.)
- Requires parent signature. Needed for students who are 5th grade and under who need non-prescription medications during the school day. Or for any MS, HS or transitional student who's parents prefer to have the medication given in the office (No self carry).
- Only for Over-The-Counter Medications. Only for responsible MS, HS and Transitional students who are able to manage their own over-the-counter medication. Requires a parent and student signature. If preferred non-prescription medications maybe given in the office with only the non-prescription medication form (no self carry form is needed).
We want to keep all our students in school healthy and ready to learn. Your help is needed in this process. If your child has an illness that is contagious and can easily spread to other children it would be best for them to stay home until they feel better. Here are some basic guidelines to help you decide when your child should stay home.
FEVER: A child should stay home if they have had a fever of 100 degrees or over in the past 24 hours. Fevers usually follow a cycle where it peaks then goes away and peaks again. During the fever cycles encourage fluid intake to keep them well hydrated. Keep student home until they are able to participate in class and are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
SORE THROATS: Student may attend school if they have a mild sore throat that is caused by a cold virus. However, if your student has a severe sore throat it could be from strep throat even if there is no fever. Children with strep may also have symptoms of a headache, stomach ache, or rash. If you suspect your child may have strep throat they will need to see a physician. Students being treated for strep throat may return to school after 3 doses or a full 24 hours of treatment with an anti-biotic, and feeling well enough to participate in school. For example, if the first dose was given at 1pm then child can return to school or other activities at 1pm the next day.
SEVERE COUGH/ COLD: A severe cold with a runny nose that is draining profusely will most likely interfere with your child’s ability to engage in activities at school. If a student is coughing continuously and the coughing will be a disruption to themselves and others learning consider a call to your doctor for an assessment especially if the cough has been going on for multiple days.
VOMITING/DIARRHEA: If student has had two or more episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea in the past 24 hours keep the student home from school the next day. If vomiting or diarrhea is accompanied by a fever and abdominal pain contact your doctor for instructions.
EYES: If the white part of the eye is significantly reddened and the child complains of itching or hurting, consider taking your child to the doctor to check for pink eye. Pink eye can be caused by a virus or bacteria. Usually it will start in one eye, but can be easily spread to the other. The child may wake up with a yellow crusty material on their eyelids if pink eye is present. If the pink eye is bacterial, they can return to school being treated for 24 hours with anti-biotic drops.
Allergies can also cause reddened eye and can be treated with antihistamines and cool compresses. A student with reddened eyes due to allergies does NOT need to stay home from school, but please inform school staff of the situation. You may also need to consult with your doctor for eye drops for allergies.
RASHES: If a rash is oozing or has areas of drainage, please have the doctor examine your child to rule out a staph infection (i.e. Impetigo, MRSA). These infections are very contagious. Your student may return to school after 24 hours of treatment with the rash covered by clothing or a band-aide. Rashes that occur within 2 days of a fever should also be evaluated by a physician. Also any round rashes could be ring-worm and can be spread to the other students. Ring worm needs to be treated and kept covered for the student to return to school.
ITCHING SCALP: Please check your student’s head for lice. If you find lice or nits (lice eggs) in their hair, treat with medicated shampoo, and call your school’s office for an information sheet on treating your house and further prevention.
If you have any questions about the above please contact either:
Jean Winter RN
Cell Phone 608.438.3100
Elementary School 608.592.3842 ext. 2103
Middle School 608.592.3854 ext. 3484
High School 608.592.3853 ext. 4484
Rodney Barrow RN
Primary School 608.592.3855 ext. 1004
NOTES ON LICE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT :
Facts on Lice: They live in stages: the egg, the nymph and the adult louse. Adults may be no bigger than a quotation mark and move very quickly to hide in the hair. Their color may blend with the hair, but is usually grayish-brown. If you think you see one, you probably did. The louse lives up to 30 days and the female will lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime. Nits (as the eggs are called as they develop), will attach to the hair shaft anywhere from ½ inch from the scalp to the end of the hair strand. They attach like glue and cannot be flicked off like dandruff would be. They may look like dandruff, or creamy-colored to a light brown. The eggs hatch 7-10 days after they are laid. Other signs of lice are: itching and red marks along the nape of the infested person’s neck where the lice have bitten.
We also know that the medicated prescriptions are not effective if not used exactly how directed and also that even with perfect use, nits, and some adults, may still make it through the treatment.
Teach your child to never share hats, combs, brushes, hair ties, towels, helmets, I-pod, pillows, and sleeping bags.
Keep long hair up in a braid and coated with hair products like hairspray to coat the surface of the hair and make it harder for lice to jump on and attach. Some herbal and essential oils that have been promoted in discouraging lice are rosemary and citronella.
Do not wash the hair every day. Lice can attach easier to a squeaky clean hair shaft than a dirty one. Build up of natural oil and hair products can “coat” the hair shaft, making attaching more difficult.
Store all jackets, backpacks, etc. separately from each other.
DO WEEKLY HEAD CHECKS, and FOCUS ON HOT SPOTS: nape of neck, behind ears, part lines
WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS OF ITCHING AND RED SPOTS ALONG NAPE OF NECK.
Avoid sharing play dress up clothes, sharing helmets.
Purchase a Lice Treatment kit and shampoo at the drug store (also, online products are becoming more commonly available). Follow the directions carefully. Lice treatment shampoos are applied to dry hair. Be sure to use enough product, especially for long and/or thick hair. Part the hair each inch to make sure you are adequately coating the hair.
Check hair shafts for nits and comb and pick them off of the hair shafts. If one makes it through you will need to start all over. Cut hair shorter if very long and thick and full of nits. (Hair Salons and Barber Shops do not want you to bring in a head full of lice—you’ll have to arrange for other hair cutting options.)
Wash all clothes, brushes, stuffed toys, and bedding in hot water and send through a dryer for at least 20 minutes.
Disinfect combs and brushes and hair accessories by soaking in hot, soapy water for 10 minutes.
Vacuum rugs, carpets, mattresses, and car seats thoroughly. Bag anything else that can’t be washed in hot water for 10 days in a well-sealed garbage bag.
Covering the head with olive oil for 8 hours/through the night (ONE DAY AFTER treatment) has been found useful when combing out nits and possibly in smothering the nits that have made it through medicated RX. The next morning wash hair and remove any nits that are seen. Do the olive oil treatment for 3 nights in a row to be most effective in killing nits—keep combing and picking them out also.
RECHECK EVERY HEAD IN THE HOUSE FOR AT LEAST 14 DAYS. OFTEN, IF ONE NIT IS LEFT, THE CYCLE WILL START ALL OVER WITHIN 2 WEEKS TO A MONTH, WHEN THE LICE POPULATION BUILDS UP AGAIN ON THE HEAD. If live lice are found, start treatment cycle again. If nits are found, remove them and if you seem to be finding more each day, you may need to look for live lice again.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU FIND LICE ON YOUR STUDENT. WE CAN WALK THROUGH THE ERADICATION PROCESS WITH YOU. WE ALSO SEND OUT GENERAL REMINDER LETTERS TO PARENTS IF CASES OF LICE POP UP SO PARENTS AND STUDENTS CAN BE VIGILANT WITH PREVENTION.
Thank you Terry Haag for this helpful information.
Any questions, please call Jean Winter RN and Rodney Barrow RN
608.592-3853 ext. 4484 (HS) 608.592.3842 ext. 2103 (ES)
608-592-3854 ext. 3484 (MS)
608.592.3855 ext. 1004
Director of Student Services