Health Handbook

Insurance

Accident insurance is available at a small cost to each student at the start of the school year. The student protection plan offers 24 hour or at-school-only coverage. This individually purchased insurance does not cover interscholastic injuries. All interscholastic athletes are covered by a policy purchased by the Newtown School District. However, in case of an accident, the student must collect first on his/her family health insurance plan. The excess can then be claimed from the school's purchased insurance.

PART Vl - HEALTH SERVICES

The nurse's office is open school days from 7:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. To see the nurse, the student must get a pass signed by a teacher. All student visits to the nurse's office will be entered into the SNAP program.

The Emergency Information/Tylenol Permission Form

This form is mailed in the summer to parents and must be returned to the nurse's office within the first week of school. Current health and emergency information on all students is important.

Physical Examinations

Examinations are mandated by the state of CT for ninth grade students. They must be completed by an advanced practice registered nurse, a licensed physician's assistant, a legally qualified practitioner of medicine, or the school medical advisor. The ninth grade physical forms are to be completed and returned to the nurse's office by June of the freshman year. Students will not be allowed to enter for their tenth grade year until a physical is on file.

Gym Excuses

Excuses should be brought to the nurse's office by the student or parent. The excuse will be recorded in the student's health record. The student's name will be added to the Student Injury List.  This list is shared with PE teachers and the athletic trainer.  An Individualized Health Care Plan will be emailed to teachers if indicated.  If medically excused from P.E., a student is required by state law to complete a physical education assignment issued by the assigned semester P.E. teacher.

Injuries-lllnesses

If a student is injured during the school day, the student should report to the nurse's office. He/She should not wait until the following day to discover that the small bruise did amount to something. If a student is injured or has been medically excused from gym or a sport, a written doctor's release is required in order for him/her to return to the gym or sport.  School policy states that students must be in good academic standing before returning to a sport after an illness or injury.

Administration of Medication

The nurses/trained school personnel may only administer medication during school hours with the written permission of a parent/guardian, and a written order by a physician. Medication forms can be obtained from the nurse's office or on this website under Frequently Used Forms.   Medication to be given should be brought to the school by the parent/guardian and must be identified and labeled with the following: the prescription number, the student's name, the doctor's name, the medication name, the dosage, and directions for administration (all medications must be in a pharmacy container). Students may not carry medications on their person with the exception of Epipens and asthma inhalers.

Transportation

The parent or the person indicated as an emergency contact at the beginning of the school year should provide transportation for the ill child. When the parent or person indicated as the emergency contact cannot pick up the ill child, the parent must find another person to provide transportation.

Health Records

The CHR or Cumulative Health Record follows a student from school to school within Connecticut. Graduating students may need immunization records before acceptance into colleges, technical schools, and places of employment. Please keep this in mind before graduation and obtain copies of your records if necessary. Cumulative Health Records are only kept for a period of seven years.  Immunization records are kept for forty years, but are stored off site.

Student Support

There are many staff members available to offer support of all kinds to students - both academic and emotional.  Support  staff work as a team to provide for student needs.  Parents are always welcome to contact staff regarding any concerns that they have for their children.  Support staff at the high school include: nurses, guidance counselors, special education staff, school psychologists and social workers.

Measles Information

Measles Information for Newtown School Community

As you are probably aware, the country has been experiencing a large measles outbreak over the past few weeks.  In January 2015 there were 102 cases of measles reported.  The outbreak is thought to have originated in Disneyland where a visitor (possibly from a country where measles are still commonplace) came into contact with other susceptible people.  Last year there were 644 cases of measles reported in 27 states.  This is the largest number of cases since 2000, when the United States declared that measles had been eliminated from this country.  The CDC attributes the recent rise in cases in the US to the rise in measles cases in countries that Americans frequently travel to (England, France, Germany, India, the Philippines and Vietnam) and also to the spread of measles in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.

Many Americans today, including most of Newtown’s parents and students, are too young to remember when measles was commonplace.  Their grandparents, however, can probably remember someone who had this disease and suffered disability or even death as a result. According to the CDC, prior to 1963, 3 to 4 million people a year got the measles in the United States.  Of those, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized and 4000 developed encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles (http://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/faqs.html#measles-elimination) Parents are strongly encouraged to immunize their children to protect them from serious disease and to protect the most vulnerable children in our school system and the community as a whole.  Parents of children who are not fully immunized, are required to have a medical or religious exemption form on file before their child enters school.  All exemption forms state:   Children with religious or medical exemptions shall be permitted to attend a licensed child care program or school except in the case of an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease. In the event of an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease, all susceptible children will be excluded from child care or school settings based on public health officials’ determination that the child care facility or school is a significant site for disease exposure, transmission and spread into the community. Children without proof of immunity, including children with religious and medical exemptions shall be excluded from these settings for this reason and will not be able to return until (1) the danger of the outbreak has passed as determined by public health officials, (2) the child becomes ill with the disease and completely recovers, or (3) the child is immunized.”   (Please note, per CDC, exclusion may be up to 21 days after last case  identified)

MRSA in schools

MRSA or "methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus" is a potentially dangerous bacteria that can cause serious skin and other infections.  Staphylococcus or "staph" is commonly found on the skin or in the nose of healthy, as well as ill people.  At any time 25% to 30% of the population is carrying staph bacteria, while about 1% of the population is carrying MRSA.  Most people carry staph on their skin without symptoms or infection, but if it gets into cuts or abrasions of
    
http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/community/index.html