Our Nurse Resposibility
The school nurse is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of all students. This is accomplished by: maintaining student health records; assessing for communicable disease and arranging for the treatment and exclusion of these students; providing proper emergency care for all people injured or ill at school; serving as a health education resource to students and staff; including classroom teaching on health topics; administering medication upon physician’s and parent’s request; developing individualized care plans and emergency plans for students with medical issues; protecting the privacy of protected health information; identifying and reporting suspected or actual child abuse cases; training staff annually on universal precautions and blood borne pathogens; reviewing immunization records and ensuring compliance with State and Federal regulations; providing vision and hearing screening; and providing developmental assessments, including height and weight analysis.
St Agnes Academy Wellness Policy
At St. Agnes Academy, we strive to promote the religious, academic, physical, social, and emotional growth and development of all of our students. To accomplish this goal, the district has implemented and continues to improve a comprehensive school wellness program at all levels.
Our Wellness Program includes the following elements:
• Promotion of a healthy school environment— a safe and nurturing climate where all students are known by the staff
• Nutritional standards for all foods provided in school
• Student services—coordinated programs of health care, student assistance programs and mentoring.
• Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment—a coordinated K-8 program about healthy relationships, bullying and self-awareness.
All foods available for sale during the school day will comply with the National School Lunch Act, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with attention to Life Threatening Food Allergies.
All students at St. Agnes Academy will receive physical education/health/wellness instruction each year, with additional opportunities for physical activity through daily, supervised recess after lunch for all students and an additional supervised morning recess for students in grades PK-3.
** St. Agnes Academy Health Office Recommendations For Health Absences
St. Agnes School Health Office Recommendations For Health Absences
- Fever (greater than 100°). Your student’s temperature should be back to normal (less than 99°) without the use of fever reducing medicines - such as Tylenol or Advil - for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Coughing (excessive). Your student’s cough should be “dry” sounding and easily controlled by a drink of water or cough drop before returning to school.
- Vomiting or Diarrhea. Your student should be able to eat food and drink liquids without vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Red or Draining Eyes. Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure your student does not have conjunctivitis. If being treated for an infection please follow the Infection recommendation below.
- Excessive Nasal Drainage. Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure your student does not have an infection. If being treated for an infection please follow the Infection recommendation below.
- Visible Lice or Nits. Students identified as having lice may return to school as soon as the first treatment is completed. Parents/guardians will give verbal confirmation or sign a form indicating that the initial treatment has been completed and what the treatment was.
- Unusual Rash. Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure that the rash is not contagious. If being treated for an infection please follow the Infection recommendation below.
- Infection. If your student has been tested or treated for any contagious infection, have them stay at home until test results are available. If positive for infection, they should have had their medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. This is to best ensure the infection is not spread and your child does not have a medication reaction/allergic response in school. If medication is to be given at school, please personally give the medicine to the School Health Office with the medication permission form. Forms can be found on the St. Agnes Catholic Community website through the Academy Health Office link, under Resources.
St. Agnes Academy Health Office phone number: 413-684-3143