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Immunization News

Parents are reminded that immunization requirements for school are mandated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).  Please see your physician or school nurse for current mandated immunization requirements.  A completed South Carolina Immunization Certificate, Medical Exemption Form, or Religious Exemption Form is required for registration and enrollment. These forms may be obtained from your child’s physician or from the Kershaw County Health Department. 

School Nurse

Our school nurse is in our school to promote a healthy school environment.  She works to identify and remedy problems that interfere with learning and is able to confer with students and parents regarding any physical and/or emotional problems.  The school nurse reviews health information forms completed by parents at registration.  It is very important that you include medications that your child takes at home or information about a medical condition in case of a school emergency!  Teachers will be notified of students with significant health problems.  If changes in a student’s health occur during the school year, a parent should notify the school nurse.  It is also very important that the staff at LES is able to get in touch with someone if a child becomes sick or has an accident.  Please keep phone numbers updated!

Telehealth Questions and Answers

Lugoff Elementary is one of four schools in Kershaw County School District to pilot the Telehealth Program.  What is school based telehealth?  School-based telehealth provides access to high quality healthcare in the school setting.  A local area nurse practitioner or a physician examines the student with the assistance of the school nurse using specialized equipment.

How does the program work? 

  • Parents may request an appointment through the school nurse.

  • The school nurse will call the parent/guardian before requesting a telemedicine visit.

  • The student will be seen by a nurse practitioner or physician using the telemedicine equipment.

  • If a prescription medication is needed, it will be sent to a local pharmacy.

  • A note will be sent to the student’s primary care provider.  

How do I enroll my child in the program? Forms will be sent home for you to complete to enroll your child when it becomes available.

How do I schedule an appointment?  Once your child has been enrolled, you will contact our school nurse, Annah Deal, to schedule an appointment.

What types of conditions do we treat? The program treats common childhood illnesses such as sore throat, rashes, and chronic diseases such as asthma.  If we are not able to treat the condition via telemedicine, we work with the family to connect them to an in-person provider.

When are appointments available?  Appointments are available during school hours.

Does insurance cover the cost of the school based telehealth program?  Insurance carriers are billed, and copays and deductibles apply.  SC Medicaid covers the visits.  Other insurance company coverage varies.  It is important for patients to consult their insurance plan prior to a visit to ensure coverage for school based telehealth services.  

 

Medication During the School Day

Because the needs of students who require medication during school hours should be met in a safe and prudent manner, the Department of Education and DHEC established guidelines for assisting with medications during school hours. These procedures are also in accordance with the Kershaw County School District’s Policy on Medications. Whenever possible, morning doses of medication should be given at home to minimize disruption in the school day. Many medications can be given around the school schedule. Consult your physician for assistance scheduling medications around school hours. When medications are necessary during the school day, the following procedures must be followed:

  • All prescription medications require a doctor’s order. A completed Permission for Medication form, available on the district website or from the school, must be completed by a doctor and signed by the parent or legal guardian in order for prescribed medication to be given at school.

  • Non-prescription medications will be administered with parent/guardian written permission according to the directions on the container. When possible, medications should be administered  by a parent/guardian before or after school hours.  Initial doses of a medication that a child has never taken before should not be given at school.   Medication to be given at school must be provided by a parent/guardian in the original labeled container.  Prescription medications must have a label provided by the pharmacist who filled the prescription.  “Sample” medications must be provided in a container that appropriately identifies the medication and must be accompanied by a note signed and dated by the prescribing health care provider that includes the student’s name, directions for proper administrations, and the name, address and phone number of the prescribing health care provider.  

  • All medication should be brought to school by the parent or legal guardian in the original container. Prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy bottle and must contain a pharmacy label including the student’s name, date, medication name, dosage, strength, and directions for use, which includes frequency, duration, mode of administration, prescriber name, and pharmacy name and address. Non-prescription medication must be in the original manufacturer’s container.

  • All prescription and non-prescription medication will be inventoried by the school nurse every three months. Expired medications will be picked up by the parent or destroyed by the school nurse.  An inventory of destroyed medications will be maintained.

  • Terminated medication, or medication remaining at the end of the school year, must be picked up by the last day of school by a responsible adult, or it will be disposed of by the principal or his/her designee.  

  • Permission for medication forms, and medication administration records, will be maintained in the student’s health record.

  • Students with serious medical conditions should provide all needed medications along with district permission forms and medical orders.  All medical procedures, including, catheterizing, suctioning, blood sugar management, and tube feedings require medical orders before they can be carried out. 

  • All medication and medical procedure orders must be updated at the beginning of every school year.

  • Students with special health-care needs who require that they keep medication with them during the school day must complete a Permission for Student to self –Monitor/ Self-Administer Medication form, available on the district website or from the school nurse. This form must be on file in order for a student to carry any medication.

  • If medications are needed on the bus, during field studies, for extracurricular activities, or for after school clubs, the parent must contact the nurse to make necessary arrangements.

  • First doses of new medications must be given at home by the parent.

  • No more than a 30 day stock of schedule 2 controlled drugs will be stored at the school.

  • All medications must be provided by the parent. The school does not have stock medications.

  • Students with food allergies who need dietary modifications will need to provide a Request for Meal Accommodation form that has been signed by the doctor and parent to the school nurse. The form is available on the district website, the link above,  or from the school nurse.

Copies of our district’s medication, allergy, asthma, and seizure action forms may be secured from our school nurse or on the district’s website by following these steps:  My KCSD - parents - student health information and forms - student health forms.

Additional Questions or Concerns?

Please contact our School Nurse, Mrs. Annah Deal, BSN, RN.