GENERAL HEALTH AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION
At the beginning of each school year, health and emergency forms are sent home with students. This is your opportunity to update us on any significant changes in your student’s health, to alert us to any potential health concerns, and to provide information that could be critical in an emergency situation. Please make sure that any emergency numbers you list belong to people who are usually home and willing to take responsibility for your student(s). Please keep us updated on changes during the school year.
In order to protect children against a number of childhood diseases, Washington State Law requires that all children enrolled in YCS be immunized against varicella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, mumps and hepatitis b as appropriate. Parents may submit the Exemption from Immunization form. However, students will be excluded from school if they do not meet the requirements of the law. (RCW 28A.210.060, District Policy 3413)
In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases, YCS will comply with the State Board of Health rules and regulations within the most current Infectious Disease Control Guide, provided by the State Department of Health and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. (District Policy 3414)
LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS
If your child has an illness which has the potential to cause death during the school day, YCS must be made aware prior to the student’s first day of school. Examples of these conditions would be seizures, diabetes, allergies requiring an Epi Pen, severe asthma and/or any other condition that is considered to be life threatening. Parents/guardians are responsible for reporting this information to the Registered Nurse assigned to that school. Parents/guardians must provide the medication in its original container along with the medication authorization form prior to the first day of school. Students will be excluded from school until these requirements are met. (RCW 28A.210.320, District Policy 3413)
YCS requires signed authorization forms for the dispensing of any prescription or non-prescription medicines to students. Forms must be signed by the physician as well as the parent/guardian and are available from the office. Physicians may fax this information to our school at 360-458-8040. All medications must be delivered to and picked up from the school by the parent/guardian in the original container. Most medication can be dispensed by the parent/guardian before or after school. Please ask your healthcare provider for guidance on medication delivery times. All student medications, epi-pens, and inhalers must be picked up at the end of the school year by a parent or guardian. The health room closes on the last day of school, arrangements must be prearranged with the office to pick up at a later date. (RCW 28A.210.260 & 270, District Policy 3416)
PROCEDURE FOR CERTAIN ILLNESSES:
Accident or Head Trauma: Parents will be notified regarding any incident that necessitates an accident report. In addition, any student who suffers trauma to the head at school will be assessed in the health room and parents will be notified.
Allergy Accommodations: Latex Allergy - Yelm Community Schools prohibits the use of all latex products, including latex balloons, due to severe allergies. Peanut Allergy - Please refrain from sending any peanut products due to severe allergies.
Diarrhea: Any student who has had diarrhea will be sent home and may return to school when they have been free of diarrhea for 24 hours.
Fever: Any student with a fever of 100.4 or higher will be sent home and may return to school once the child has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Injury: If any child has an injury that prohibits them from participating in PE or other school activities, a note from the physician is needed to excuse participation. Please be sure the doctor's note includes when your student can return to normal activity or provide a separate note.
Lice: The Infectious Disease Control Guide no longer recommends long-term exclusion for pediculosis/head lice. Head lice is a nuisance condition and is not known to transmit infection from person to person. Any student who presents with live lice will be sent home for treatment. Students may return to school when no live lice are present.
Rash: Any student with an undiagnosed rash will be sent home from school in order to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. The parent/guardian will be asked to provide a note from a healthcare provider upon returning to school.
Vomiting: Any student who has been vomiting will be sent home and may return to school when they have not vomited in 24 hours.