Nurse Maria Coons • (570) 718-6615 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents should be aware that Wyoming Seminary requires an annual physical for students in all grades. Medical forms are to be filled out in the "Enrollment & Permission Forms" section of My Sem and are due the first day of school. Parents of students entering the Lower School are reminded that Pennsylvania state law mandates the completion and documentation of required immunizations. Students should not be sent to school if they are ill. They should be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning.
ILLNESS IN SCHOOL
We are fortunate to have a full-time certified nurse in our health office. The nurse will inform the parents if a child becomes ill. If she is unable to reach the parents, she will call the person listed on the emergency health form. Please be sure to inform the office if contact information changes.
ILLNESS AND MEDICATION
The school nurse will administer necessary medication during the school day provided the parent/guardian has given written permission. A limited amount of over-the-counter medication is kept in the infirmary for the occasional unexpected illness. The nurse will not administer these medications unless the medication consent, sent home with the health forms, is signed by a parent and returned to school. If your child frequently requires over-the-counter medications (such as Tylenol or ibuprofen), the parent may send a supply that will be kept in the dispensary for his/her use.
If a student requires a prescription medication, the medication must be delivered to the school nurse in the original container labeled by the pharmacy with the name of the medication, dose to be taken and the frequency (Note: most pharmacies are happy to give a separate bottle and label if you request it for use at school). The parent must also send signed permission for the nurse to administer the medication and note the time it is to be given. The nurse may ask the parent to complete a special form for medications that will be given for an extended period of time.
Medications should be delivered to the nurse by an adult if possible. If you must send medication with a student, be sure the medication is securely capped and instruct the student to take the medication directly to the nurse’s office upon his/her arrival at school. Additionally, the parent should telephone the nurse by 8:30 a.m. to ensure that the nurse has received the medication and instructions. Medications that are controlled substances (for example: Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Focalin) must be delivered directly to the school nurse by an adult without exception. Under no circumstances should a student have medication in his/her possession during the school day without the permission of the nurse.
If your child will need to take the medication on field trips, a special consent form will need to be signed by the parent prior to the trip. The only exception to this will be rescue inhalers and epi-pens, which will automatically be sent with the adult supervising the trip.