Student Health

The registered professional school nurse oversees school health policies and programs. The school nurse serves in a pivotal role to provide expertise and oversight for the provision of school health services and promotion of health education. Using clinical knowledge and judgment, the school nurse provides health care to students and staff; performs health screenings and coordinates referrals to healthcare providers. The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community, and healthcare providers to advocate for health care and a healthy school environment (NASN/ANA, 2011).

This page provides timely information pertaining to many health related questions parents have.

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Attendance

Parents often have questions on when their child should stay at home due to illness. Most Walker students are reluctant to stay at home when they are ill; they worry about missing class and getting behind on tests and assignments. Students often persuade their parents they are well enough to"get through the day" when in fact they should be at home. Remaining at home will not only allow an ill student to recover faster but it will minimize the chance of spreading their illness to others.

Students should stay at home if they:
  • Have a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning (fever free without the use of medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen)
  • Have vomiting or diarrhea. Students may return after experiencing no vomiting for 24 hours
  • Have the flu
  • Have a persistent or frequent cough
  • Have constant pain (earache, stomach ache, recent injury, etc) that impacts their ability to concentrate
  • Have a spreading rash
  • Have been diagnosed with strep throat and have not been on antibiotics for 24 hours

Immunizations

The Walker School adheres to the State of Georgia's Immunization requirements. Students must have a current 3231 Form on file in order to attend class. Parents may provide a notarized religious exemption if they opt not to vaccinate their student. This form may be downloaded from the Student Health Downloads. In the event there is a Medical reason for non vaccination, a Medical exemption letter from the student's Doctor must be on file. Medical exemptions are to be update yearly.

EpiPens/Inhalers/Diabetic supplies

Should your student require Epipens for treatment of an anaphylactic allergic reaction, we require 2 Epipens be provided to the school. In addition to the Epipens, the Allergy Care plan and Parent Medication consent should be completed and sent with the Epipens. 


If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, we strongly suggest that an Inhaler be kept either in the clinic or with your student (provided he/she is old enough to know how and when to use it). The Asthma Care plan and Parent Medication consent should be completed and brought in with the Inhaler.

If your child has Type 1 diabetes, please contact me regarding supplies/medications that will need to be kept in the clinic. The Diabetes Care plan and Parent Medication consent will need to be completed and brought in as well.

Prescription/OTC Medication

If your child requires medication during the school day, please bring the medication in its original container. If this is a prescription medication,it must be in the original container with the label intact. Extra bottles and labels may be obtained from your pharmacy, The medication will need to be brought into the clinic along with a completed Parent Medication consent form.

NO authorization or approval will be given for a student to carry ADHD medication, narcotics or any controlled medication. These medications are to be kept in the clinic and dispensed by the school nurse.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Your child may return to school once treatment has been started.

Lice

Head lice are often a fact of life for school-aged children. While inconvenient, head lice cause NO medical harm and do not spread disease. Lack of evidence-based research has shown that routine classroom or schoolwide screening is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses and will be conducted at the discretion of the school nurse. Parents are encouraged to check their students’ head regularly.Walker School policy states that once a child is treated with an appropriate lice product, they may return to school. One percent permethrin lotion is recommended as initial treatment of most head lice infestations with a second application 7-10 days after the first. Once a family member has been identified as having lice, all members of the family should be checked and treated if necessary. There are numerous websites that can provide more information on the spread of lice, treatment, and prevention.

Lice treatment companies have become a popular option for the evaluation and treatment of your child. This is a short list of a few companies in our area:

  • Head Hunters - 678-240-0042
  • Helping Hands Lice Removal (mobile service) - 1-888-206-8773
  • Atlanta Lice Resource Center - 470-338-2123
  • Lousy endings - 678-343-3932