Hearing & Vision Screenings
Our school nurses, throughout the school year, will test hearing and vision for students in Early Childhood and grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. We will also conduct screenings for students new to the school district, as well as for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and students with individual medical needs.
USD 232 follows the Johnson County Department of Health & Environment concerning exclusion recommendations and regulations. To prevent the spread of disease and to protect your student, please keep your student home and/or make an appointment with your health care provider for the following symptoms:
- temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- severe sore throat, headache, or cough
- eyes with inflammation, redness, and watery or purulent drainage
- live head lice
- undiagnosed and/or untreated skin rash
- communicable disease
Under Kansas Administrative Regulation 28-1-6, students and staff with a case of influenza are required to be isolated for five days following onset of illness or until fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medications, whichever is longer, except when seeking medical care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most healthy adults with influenza are infectious beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick; children and those with immunocompromising conditions may be infectious even longer. Students and staff diagnosed with influenza who received this year’s influenza vaccine and/or who receive antiviral treatment are not exempt from isolation requirements.
If a student becomes ill during school, the parent/guardian of the student must be contacted before a student is allowed to leave the building. It is important to provide your student's school with updated contact numbers so parents/guardians may be reached concerning illness, as well as emergencies.
Kansas Department of Health & Environment - school required vaccinations
Head Lice Policy
The school district follows the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Johnson County Health Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment concerning head lice.
Head lice have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness of the home or school is not a cause of having head lice. Live head lice are spread from direct head-to-head contact. Head lice move by crawling, they do not jump or fly. Although uncommon, the spread of lice by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by a person with lice is possible. Head lice eggs (or nits) are not transmissible. USD 232 does not follow a “no-nit” policy due to lack of medical and scientific evidence to support the adoption of such a policy.
Routine screenings for head lice are not conducted. Head lice screenings have not shown a significant effect on the incident of head lice. If head lice are identified at school, the nurse will notify the parent/guardian of the need for treatment. The student will be checked by the nurse upon returning to school for the presence of live lice at regular intervals for up to two weeks. If a significant number of cases of head lice are identified in a particular classroom or grade, information will be provided to the parents/guardian of the classroom or grade.
Health Assessment Policy
Requirement of a Physical
In accordance with the provision of the Kansas Child Health Assessment at School Entry Law (72-6267), the following policy shall be applicable to all students attending any school in USD 232.
- Every pupil up to the age of nine (9) years who has not previously enrolled in any school in this state, prior to admission to and attendance in school, shall present to the appropriate school board the results of a health assessment. This assessment shall have been conducted within twelve (12) months of school entry by a licensed physician or nurse approved to perform health assessments.
- Information in the health assessment shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed beyond that necessary to protect the health of the pupil and to comply with the law.
- As an alternative to the health assessment requirement, a parent or guardian may present a statement that the child is a member of a religion opposed to such assessments.
- Prior to the beginning of each school year, parents shall be notified of the health assessment requirement.
- Parents will have ninety (90) days after admission to school to complete the health assessment requirement.
- Transfer pupils shall have health assessment results forwarded to the district within ninety (90) days of admission.
Every student enrolling shall provide proof that the student has received at least one dose of each required immunization deemed necessary by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, with the most recent dose of each immunization series received by the second Monday in October for students enrolling through August 31; the second Monday of January for students enrolling September 1 through November 30; and the second Monday of April for students enrolling December 1 through March 31.
Students who are not in compliance with immunization requirements will be excluded from school according to their date of enrollment. See your school nurse or the district's inoculations policy regarding exclusion information. Absences due to immunization non-compliance will be considered unexcused.
General Information Concerning Medication Administration
Medicine or drugs will only be administered in a school facility, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity under the following conditions:
- A licensed physician or dentist has given written permission and instructions for the administration of all medicine or drugs, including "over-the-counter" or non-prescription drugs, i.e., lotions, creams, pain medication, vitamins, medicated cough drops, etc. The prescription or written directions from the physician or dentist must be dated and identify the medicine or drug to be administered, the dosage to be administered, the time of day for each administration, and the anticipated number of days to be administered.
- A parent/guardian has given written permission for administration of the medicine or drug.
- The original container must accompany all medicine or drugs; two (2) containers, one (1) for home and one (1) for school, may be requested from a pharmacist.
- Any change in the type of medicine/drug, dosage, and/or time of administration must be accompanied by a new physician/dentist and parent/guardian and a newly labeled container.
Student Self-Administration of Medications (for anaphylaxis or asthma)
The self-administration of medication is allowed for eligible students in grades K–12. As used in this policy, medication is defined as a medicine for the treatment of anaphylaxis or asthma including, but not limited to, any medicine defined in current federal regulation as an inhaled bronchodilator or auto-injectible epinephrine. Self- administration is the student’s discretionary use of an approved medication for which the student has a prescription or written direction from a health care provider. As used in this policy, a health care provider must be a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery; an advanced registered nurse practitioner, or a licensed physician assistant who has authority to prescribe drugs under the supervision of a responsible physician.An eligible student shall meet all the following requirements:
- A written statement from the student’s health care provider stating the name and purpose of the medication/s, the prescribed dosage, the time the medication is to be regularly administered, the length of time for which the medication is prescribed, and any additional special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered;
The health care provider shall prepare a written treatment plan for managing the student’s asthma or anaphylaxis episodes and for medication use by the student during school hours. The student’s parent or guardian shall annually complete and submit to the school any written documentation required by the school, including the treatment plan prepared by the student’s health care provider. Permission forms shall be updated during enrollment and/or upon request.
- The student shall also demonstrate to the health care provider or the provider’s designee and the school nurse or the nurse’s designee the skill level necessary to use the medication and any device that is necessary to administer the medication as prescribed. In the absence of a school nurse, the school shall designate a person who is trained to witness the demonstration.
The student’s parent or guardian shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school district and its officers, employees or agents incur no liability for damage, injury or death resulting directly or indirectly from the self-administration of medication and agreeing to release, indemnify and hold the school and its officers, employees and agents, harmless from and against any claims relating to the self administration of medication allowed by this policy. The parent or guardian of the student shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school incurs no liability for any injury resulting from the self-administration of medication and agreeing to indemnify and hold the school, and its employees and agents, harmless against any claims relating to the self-administration of such medication.
- The appropriate form is completed and on file in the student's health record.
Student Self-Administration of Medications (not for anaphylaxis or asthma)
With the proper form completed by parents and filed in the health office, only those students in grades 6 through 12, may carry and take their own prescription medication unless the health care provider specifically orders the medication to be administered through the health room or the medication is a controlled drug (such as Ritalin and narcotic pain medications, which must be kept in a locked area of the office or health room and administered by the nurse or the designee. As used in this policy, a health care provider must be a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery; an advanced registered nurse practitioner, or a licensed physician assistant who has authority to prescribe drugs under the supervision of a responsible physician. An eligible student shall meet all the following requirements:
- Medication is to be carried in prescription bottles with the name of the mediation and directions attached.
- Students with chronic conditions should have a record of medications on file in the health room.
- Common over-the-counter medication for minor discomforts (Tylenol, Midol, Advil) may be carried by the student with parental permission.
- The student should carry what is needed for that day and it should be carried in the original container that is clearly marked.
- Students are prohibited from sharing any medications with another student.
- The principal will have final authority to revoke medication privileges.
- The appropriate forms are completed and on file in the studen'ts health record: