Welcome to the Health Room Home Page for Liberty Elementary School.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.
Lori Heffernan RN
For specific information on Liberty's Health Room Policies see topics below:
Bringing Medications To School
Due to safety concerns, Elementary school students are not allowed to carry medications with them. Medications must be kept in the health room and administered by the school nurse or a provider designated by the principal. Medication includes approved prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) drugs. Approved medications are those that are approved by the FDA. Alternative therapies, herbals, and supplements are not approved or controlled by the FDA and therefore cannot be administered by school personnel. The school does not buy or stock medications.
Parents can request that a medication be given on a short term basis (up to five consecutive school days) if the parent provides the medication in the original container and includes a note containing the following information:
* student’s name and teacher
* name of medication
* medication dosage
* length of time it is to be administered
* requested time of administration
* condition for which it is needed
* parental signature
* date administration should start
After the fifth day, medications must be picked up by a parent or the medication will be disposed of.
A physician authorization is required for all control medications and any medications that will be given at school for more that five days. A physician authorization would also be required if a parent would like to leave a medication at school to be given on an as needed basis, or the prescription label must be complete with the student's information. Parents have to provide a new physician’s order at the beginning of each school year and every time there is a change in dose or schedule of treatment. Doctor’s may fax it to me at 972-350-9099.
If you want your student to carry and self-administer his or her own asthma medication at school and at school functions, please complete a Medication Self Carry Agreement and return it to me as soon as possible.
Attendance at school is not permitted if these circumstances are present: vomiting, diarrhea, temperature over 100.0, rash, active lice infestation, drainage from eyes, or if the severity of the condition indicates school attendance would not be in the best interest of the child. If your child has symptoms of the flu, such as fever of 100.0 or higher, you must keep your child home until he or she is symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication (such as Tylenol or Motrin).
Health Appraisal & Screening
Each year students in Kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and those who are new to LISD are screened for vision and hearing. Students in second and fourth grades may have a vision and/or hearing screen done at the request of the parent, teacher, or special education department. Parents may request a vision or hearing screen at any time, simply call your school nurse or stop by the health room.
Students in first, third and fifth grade will be screened for Acanthosis Nigricans. This is a condition that signals high levels of insulin in the body. This screening is done by looking at and feeling the skin on the back of the neck.
Screenings are typically done in the fall semester, I will send a medical referral home to the parents of children who do not pass their screening.
If I can be assistance, please contact me. Thanks for allowing me to be your school nurse.