The function of the Health Office is to promote the health and safety of the Lincoln School community by:
- providing first aid, emergency and nursing care;
- maintaining health records to ensure individualized health care and health promotion;
- prevention and control of infectious diseases;
- administration of medications and supervision of medication use by students;
- assisting in the management of health conditions such as asthma, allergies, diabetes and seizures;
- providing health education to students, staff and parents;
- providing parents and staff with referral information regarding local health care providers and services;
- supporting the management of a safe school environment; and
- promoting and supporting emergency preparedness at school and in the community.
Health services are provided by the school nurse in the Health Office between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The nurse remains on campus until 4:00 PM attending to administrative work, which is supported by the health office administrative assistant.
Student Health Requirements and Records
New and returning students must comply with school health requirements, which include:
- a Student Health Exam on admission and when advancing to grades 3, 6 and 9;
- age-appropriate immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella; and
- current Student Health Information and Health Care Consents, which are updated by parents or guardians at the start of every school year.
The school nurse provides care to students based on the health information and consents received. It is the parent’s or guardian’s responsibility to promptly inform the school nurse if there is a change in the student’s health condition.
During the year parents may be asked to update their child’s health information for SAISA events or other class trips. We realize that this may be inconvenient, but it is important for coaches, advisors and chaperones to have the most recent emergency contact and health information, as some information may have changed since you last submitted a form.
Students’ health records are reviewed by the nurse and kept in the Health Office. In order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all students, a student’s health information will be shared with appropriate school staff as needed.
All student health forms are available from the Health Office. Parents are asked to contact the Health Office should they have any concerns about the student health requirements or their child’s health needs. Please email us at School Nurse or Health Office Administrative Assistant.
Health Care Plans for Health Conditions
Please contact the school nurse immediately – on or before the first day that your child attends school – for chronic health conditions, whether ongoing or periodic. Such conditions include asthma, severe allergies, seizure disorders, diabetes or other health conditions that may require daily or emergency care during school and after-school activities. You will be asked to provide the school with a physician prescribed plan of care, which is to be updated every year. Please ask your physician to complete the relevant form, and return it to the Health Office.
Sports Participation Health History and Physical Examination Requirements
Students of all ages that will be participating in competitive sports – whether traveling with a SAISA team or competing in local events – are required to undergo a “sports physical” on admission and when advancing to grades 3, 6 and 9. The completed Sports Health History and Exam form must be submitted prior to initial participation in practice sessions.
The Sports Health History must be updated every school year, prior to participation in practice sessions.
Medication Use at School
When it is necessary for a student to receive medication at school, it must be given by, or its use must be supervised by, the nurse. This includes both over-the-counter medicines and medicines prescribed by a doctor. If parents would like their student to receive or take medication at school, they must provide the Health Office with the medication in its original container, labeled with the student’s name, and a completed Medication Authorization form. Students given authorization for taking medication at school must have a complete understanding of this responsibility. The student must not leave the medication where other students may have access to it.
The Health Office has a limited supply of over-the-counter medications that can be given to the student without calling parents first, if parents have signed and submitted the medication consent section on the Student Health Care Consent form.