Health Information

Student health is a key priority at USD252. Making sure students stay healthy plays a huge part in the learning process. This Health Information page will provide parents with the most up to date required vaccine schedule/recommendations, health and physical assessment guidelines, medication use in the school and enrollment forms that applies to either Early Childhood and K-12 students.

Health related items needed prior to enrolling include:

  1. A state issued birth certificate.

  2. A copy of the health assessment prior to kindergarten or before enrolling in the district for the first time.

  3. Updated copy of students immunization record.

  4. Medical Release Form and Meal Modification forms.

  5. If participating in sports in school(Jr High/Sr High) will need KSHSAA pre-physical evaluation form and KSHSAA concussion & Head Injury Information Release.

    **Refer to enrollment forms for further forms needed filled out that are non-health related.

If your child takes medication either Over the Counter(Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, etc.) or prescription medication please fill out the form applicable to your child. See left side panel for forms.

When should your child stay home from school/early childhood:

  • Fever of 100.0 or higher

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Continuous Coughing

  • Unable to actively participate in school activities

  • Other potentially contagious symptoms.

**Early childhood will give a courtesy call with any temp of 99.0 degrees. See Early Childhood Policy for more details.

When can your child return to school/daycare:

  • Child must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and/or symptom free. Fever reducing medication includes Tylenol(acetaminophen) and Motrin(Ibuprofen)

  • Students must remain home for 24 hours after last episode of vomiting/diarrhea or after taking first does of antibiotic for an infection

USD 252 K-12 follows the KDHE Kansas Classroom Handbook of Communicable Diseases. The Classroom Handbook of Communicable Diseases is a resource for school nurses and is intended as a brief overview of infectious diseases which are of public health importance. Some instances are case by case.

Early childhood follows Early Childhood Policy in addition to Guidelines for Exclusion of Children(or Staff Working With Children) Who Are Ill As Recommended in Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Standards: Guidelines for Out of Home Child Care Programs(Third Edition)

Immunizations

All students enrolling in any district school shall provide the building principal with proof of immunization of certain diseases or furnish documents to satisfy statutory requirements. Booster shots mandated by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Environment are also required.

Non-immunized students, including those with a religious, medical or other statutory exemption, shall be excluded from attending school during an outbreak of a vaccine- preventable disease in their attendance building. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis by a licensed employee.

Immunization requirements and recommendations are based the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Immunizations are used to protect children from once-common highly infectious diseases.

For further details see the USD252 Policy Handbook, Chapter J; page JGCB(right hand corner of the policy book)

  • Immunizations can be obtained from your health care provider or local health department.

  • Once your child receives their vaccination(s) a copy will be needed at your child's school.

  • The current recommended, minimum interval and catch up immunization schedules may be found on the CDC website.


KDHE Requirements for Early Childhood and K-12 for 2022-2023 can be found below:

KDHE Medical Exemption Form:

2022-2023 School Immunization Requirements

Health Assessments and Physicals

Unless otherwise provided herein, all students under the age of nine shall submit evidence they have undergone a health assessment prior to:

  • Entering Kindergarten

  • Before enrolling in the district for the first time.

Health assessment may be received from a licensed physician, nurse or health care provider approved to perform health assessments.

If evidence of an official health assessment dated no more than six months previous to the students first day of school in the district can be produced it will be acceptable.

All students engaged in athletic activities covered by KSHSAA rules should provide a pre-physical examination and clearance form to participate. See left side panel under Health Related Enrollment Forms for printable form.

For further details see the USD252 Policy Handbook, Chapter J; page JGC

Medications at School

The supervision of medications shall be in strict compliance with the rules and regulations of the board as carried out by district personnel.

School personnel shall not be required to be custodians of any medication except as required by a written order of a licensed medical person or in the case of nonprescription medication when requested in writing by parents with forms applicable due to age.

Medication is kept in the nurses office unless physician has ordered for student to hand carry(such as an inhaler).

Early Childcare

In order to give child medication at early childcare:

  • For prescription medication we must have the KDHE Authorization for Dispensing Medication form filled out and the medication must be in the original container with the pharmacy label.

  • For over the counter medication we must have an KDHE Authorization for Dispensing Medication form filled out. Over the Counter medication has to be supplied by guardian.

  • Authorization for Dispensing Medication is for either short term or long term use; whichever is applicable to your child's situation.

K-12

In order to give your child medication at school in K-12:

  • For prescription medication parent must fill out the Request for Medication to be Administered during School Attendance form. This form has to be signed by physician and guardian.

  • For over the counter medication for Jr/Sr. High students parents can fill out Request for over the counter medication. This has to be filled out and signed by parent. Elementary school students will need the Request for Medication to be Administered during School Attendance form. This form has to be signed by physician and guardian.

  • Medication must be supplied to the school in the original container, appropriately labeled with students name on it.

  • Any change in type of drugs, dosage and/or time of administration should be accompanied by new physician and parent permission signature and a newly labeled pharmacy container.

In certain explained circumstances when medication is necessary in order that the student remain in school, the school may cooperate with parents in the supervision of medication that student will use.

For further details see the USD252 PolicyHandbook; Chapter J, page JGFGB

Other Health Related Information/Forms

Early Childhood Handbook

Sadie Jones Fund(Funding resource for children in Lyon and Chase counties. Established to meet medical needs of children with special emphasis on providing funds for children with vision and/or hearing needs)

Application for Certified Copy of Kansas Birth Certificate

Head Lice Guidelines

COVID19 Isolation Guidelines (Isolation ONLY applies to USD252)

Nursing Staff

Deb Kuhlmann, RN

Hartford Jr/Sr High School

Phone: 620-392-5515

Fax: 620-392-5962

Email: dkuhlmann@usd252.org

Darrah Pearson, RN

Neosho Rapids Elementary School

Phone: 620-342-7783

Fax: 620-341-9464

Email: dpearson@usd252.org

Aubrey Arnold, RN

Olpe Jr/Sr. High School

Phone: 620-465-3223

Fax: 620-475-3244

Email: aarnold@usd252.org

Bobby Johnson, RN

Olpe Elementary School

Phone: 620-475-3277

Fax: 620-475-3244

Email: bjohnson@usd252.org