Saint Catherine of Siena School

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Contact the Nurse, Nancy Hogan, Email
 
Here you will find information about the SCSS Health Office and our policies and procedures. A full-time nurse is provided to SCSS by the Town of Trumbull. Students are given hearing, vision, and scoliosis testing by the school nurse. All health related questions should be directed to the Health Office at 203-377-7041.

It is in the best interest of our community for sick children stay home from school. If your child has a temperature of 100*F or above, he/she should not attend school. Students should be without a fever for 24 hours before returning to school. Children should also be kept home if they have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, inflamed or discharging eyes, or an undiagnosed skin rash. Students who have had strep throat should remain home for 24 hours after beginning a course of antibiotics.

Students who have been diagnosed with conjunctivitis may only return to school after taking medication for two days.

The Diocese of Bridgeport is in close communication with the State Health Department and the Fairfield County Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the health of our students during flu season. Parents will receive updated information as it becomes available.


Health Forms - 2016-17
The following health forms must be complete for each student. See forms to the right.

Absences
Students’ attendance in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport shall be in accordance with the general statutes of the state of Connecticut. Therefore, parents are asked to contact the school nurse, 203-377-7041, and prior to 9:00am on the day of a child’s absence. In lieu of a phone call, parents may send the nurse an email explaining the reason for the absence. Upon the child’s return to school, a note is requested stating the date the child was absent and the reason for the absence.Parents may also contact the nurse by phone or email with this information. The school nurse monitors the health of our community and will notify parents if there are any patterns of illness which merit their attention.


Medication
State law requires that all medication must be brought to school in its original container and kept with the school nurse. The medication must be accompanied by an authorization to administer form signed by the doctor. Please note that according to Connecticut State law, cough drops are a medication and cannot be taken without the proper authorization. Parents are asked to deliver any medication directly to the Health Office. Students are not permitted to have medication in their possession at school.


Health Exams
Students entering preschool and kindergarten must have a health examination and proof of required immunizations prior to the first day of school. Subsequent health examinations in grades three and six must be performed as required by law and all immunizations must be kept up to date.


Allergies
The school nurse should be made aware of all food and environmental allergies. Emergency plans will be made for each student on an individual basis.

Saint Catherine of Siena is a nut/peanut vigilant school. Some classrooms may be designated “nut/peanut free” according to the needs of the students in the classroom. All EpiPens are kept in the health office with the proper medical authorization forms. In order to keep all our students with food allergies safe, we ask that no food be brought into the classrooms for celebrations without speaking to the school nurse.

Head Lice
Head lice are not a serious medical condition, although an annoying one. Lice flourish with no regard to age, race, or socioeconomic status. They are tiny insects that live on the human head and feed on human blood. They do not survive longer than 24 hours away from their human host. Unlike dandruff, lice cannot be washed or blown away.


Students suspected of having head lice will be referred to the health office for an inspection by the nurse. Children found to have head lice will be excluded from school activities until treatment has been completed and all head lice, eggs, and egg cases have been removed. Upon return to school, the child will be inspected by the nurse to ensure that the child is nit free. When a case of head lice has been identified in a classroom, written notification will be sent to all parents in that classroom. All children in the affected class will be inspected.


Gym Exemptions
A written note is necessary for a child to be excused from participating in gym class. A note from a parent will only be accepted for a child to miss one class period.

If an injury prevents a student from participating in gym for more than one period, he/she must provide a note from a physician. After an extended excused absence from gym classes, a physician’s note will be required to return to class.