Healthy children learn better. Health nurses make it happen
Bexley City Schools helps facilitate a healthy and safe environment for each student, recognizing that healthy students are able to learn more effectively and receive the full benefit of the school experience offered. Three clinics in the district, each staffed with a Registered Nurse, provide screenings, first aid and medical care to students throughout the school day.
Bexley's health clinics at the Cassingham Complex, Maryland and Montrose are open for students during the school day. The Registered Nurse assesses the student, performs appropriate first aid procedures and administers approved medication. The clinic staff is not able to diagnose disease; it cannot administer medication without a Medication Authorization Form signed by parent/guardian and physician.
Any student who has a temperature of 100.0 degrees or above, vomiting, diarrhea, symptoms of communicable disease while at school must be picked up from school by an authorized person listed on the Emergency Medical Authorization (EMA) form. Likewise, students with any injury that requires stitches, x-ray or additional medical attention will be sent home with an authorized person listed on the Emergency Medical Authorization Form. When a student appears to be in a life threatening situation or has a serious injury, the clinic staff calls the emergency squad and parent/guardians. The information on the EMA form must be up to date, with individuals listed on the form reachable at the numbers listed in case of emergency. The clinic staff cannot distribute crutches or wheelchairs to an injured student for school use.
A Vision and Hearing Screening is performed by the Registered Nurse for all students in kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth grades, as well as any student new to the district or referred by staff. (This screening is not meant to replace routine ear and eye check-ups.) Clinic staff members notify parent/guardians of a student who has an abnormal finding and recommend a professional exam for the student. The clinics welcome parent/guardians who wish to volunteer to assist in the yearly screenings.
The State of Ohio and Bexley Board of Education require that each student meet the minimum vaccine requirement in order to attend school. Full date (month/day/year) of each required vaccination must be on file no later than two weeks after the student has entered school. As required by Ohio law, a student may not be permitted to continue to attend school without this required information on file. Click here for the Franklin County Public Health clinics where students can receive immunizations. Required childhood immunizations are available for a fee of $15/shot to those without insurance; however, uninsured children will not be turned away due to the inability to pay for childhood immunizations.
The following are the minimum vaccination requirements for the State of Ohio.
- Five (5) doses of DPT (diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough and tetanus) if the fourth dose of DPT immunization was given before the age of four.
- Four (4) doses of polio immunization if the third polio immunization was given before the age of four.
- Three (3) dose series of hepatitis B vaccine
- Two (2) MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunizations.
- Two (2) does of varicella vaccine prior to kindergarten entry.
- One (1) dose Tdap grades 7-12.
- A tuberculin test is required for all students new to the United States.
- Only full doses of the above vaccines using proper intervals shall be counted as valid doses.
Bexley City Schools wants to assist in keeping children learning and healthy. The best way to keep a student healthy throughout the school year is to encourage frequent hand washing and healthy eating, exercise and rest habits.
A team of Nationwide Children’s Hospital mental health professionals is available to help Bexley students, supported by a grant from ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board) of Franklin County. Two clinicians are based at the Cassingham Complex during regular school hours, handling workshops, drug and alcohol prevention education and other counseling duties. For more information about this support or to seek a referral, see a school counselor, health clinic nurse or office staff member at the student's school.
When to Keep a Student Home
The following is a list of common school age illnesses. Many of the illnesses require the student to stay at home. Sending an ill student to school puts other students and staff at risk. A sick child is uncomfortable and unable to concentrate during the school day.
Bexley City Schools encourages school community members to abide by the above Exclusion Guidelines, yet avoid missing unnecessary days of school, which hinders the student’s ability to achieve the full learning experience offered at Bexley. Parents/guardians must contact the school office when a student is absent for any reason.
- Parents/guardians must inform the school if the student is diagnosed by a physician with Varicella (chicken pox), strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink-eye), impetigo, head lice, pertussis (whooping cough), ringworm, fifth’s disease, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), influenza (flu), meningitis, hepatitis, scabies, or other communicable disease. Informing the school of this information allows it to communicate this information -- without mentioning the student's name -- to the other members of the school community. This is very important for the health of all students and staff.
- A student with a temperature of 100.0 or above needs to be kept home. He or she may return to school when free of fever for 24 hours without the use of anti-fever medication.
- A child who is vomiting or suffering from diarrhea needs to remain at home until he/she is symptom-free for 24 hours.
- Any child who is on antibiotics for strep throat, impetigo, ringworm, bacterial infection or other condition needs to stay home until 24 hours after antibiotics/anti-fungals are started.
- Any child who is complaining of headache, sore throat, cough, extreme fatigue, stomach ache, earache or injury that is severe enough to decrease the child’s ability to participate in class needs to stay home.
- Any child diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough) must remain home for five (5) days after antibiotic treatment has been started.
- Any child with yellow or green drainage from the eye(s) should be seen by a doctor and needs to stay home for 24 hours after antibiotic drops are started, if they are prescribed. The child should have no drainage from eye(s) when returning to school.
- A child with a rash of unknown cause should stay at home until a doctor confirms the rash is not contagious. Students with chicken pox need to stay at home for seven (7) days or until all the lesions are crusted.
- Children with head lice must be treated and have no live lice. Nits are to be removed prior to coming back to school. The Registered Nurse may check the child.
- Emergency Medical Authorization Form
- Prescription Medication Authorization
- Non-Prescription Medication Authorization
- Special Dietary Authorization Form
- Asthma Action Plan and Medication Authorization
- Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Medication Authorization
(614) 237-4309 ext 3146Cindy Tyson, R.N.Montrose Elementary
(614) 338-2098 ext 473Terri Grace, R.N.Maryland Elementary
(614) 338-2096 ext 272
Emergency Medical Authorization (EMA)
The EMA form must be signed by a parent/guardian and submitted each year to the school, where it is filed in the school clinic. It is used to notify parent/guardian and designated others in case of an accident or illness requiring immediate attention. A student is sent home from school only with the parent/guardian or the designee listed on the EMA. Information provided on the EMA also informs emergency treatment procedures.
Medication Authorization Form
The Medication Authorization Form is used for any student who needs medication administered throughout the school day. To administer prescription medication(s), the district must have a Medication Authorization Form with parent/guardian and physician signatures. Non-prescription medications require written permission only from parents/guardians. All medication must be in its original container and picked up at the end of the school year by a parent/guardian. Any changes to the dose, time and/or medication require an updated Medication Authorization Form signed by physician and forms must be renewed each school year.