WHEN A STUDENT IS SEEN IN THE CLINIC
When a child is seen in the clinic, the following will occur:
*A student is first sent to the clinic with a ‘Teacher Referral’ form.
*The student will be asked to share his/ her complaint or problem.
They will be asked about any circumstances that may contribute to the complaint.
*Nursing assessment is made of the student’s actual condition:
· general observation – appearance, body language, energy level
· temperature is taken with a thermometer
· any other warranted vital signs are taken
(BP, pulse, throat check, etc)
· first aid as needed for injuries occurring at school
*Based on a combination of assessments and observations, the student may be allowed to rest for a few minutes and then return to class or a parent will be called to pick up the student.
A clinic aide does not diagnose or prescribe treatment.
WHEN WILL A CHILD BE SENT HOME?
A child will be sent home from school when he/she has:
1. a temperature of 100 degrees or higher (they may return to school when they are fever free for 24 hours)
2. vomiting or diarrhea
3. suspected contagious illness (chicken pox, strep, pink eye, impetigo, etc)
4. a serious injury or illness requiring medical referral
Students are encouraged to stay in school when possible. My goal is to keep the healthy student in class and ready to learn.