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Health Services

Philosophy

The registered nurses of KCKPS health services believe that it takes a healthy child to learn, and a child must learn to be healthy and this is fostered through safe and healthy environment.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support student academic success, through health promotion and educational activities and disease prevention. Utilizing the nursing process to accurately assess, intervene, and evaluate students’ health care needs as well as make referrals on behalf of our students and their families.

Vision Statement

The professional school nurses of KCKPS USD 500 are committed in maintaining excellence in the delivery of nursing health services by supporting the individual and collective health needs of students, staff and community; acknowledging the diversity of cultures within the district and respecting the unique ideologies of students and families; educating students, staff, and community by promoting health and wellness as well as maintaining a superior level of professional competency as demonstrated by compliance with the Standards of Practice and Performance of School Nursing Practice.

Goals

  • Facilitate positive student responses to normal development
  • Promote health and safety
  • Intervene with actual and potential health problems
  • Provide case management services as needed

Student Health

Parent Information

The health and welfare of each and every student is our number one concern. In order to provide quality health services for your child we need your help in keeping us informed of any vital information that pertains to your child and his learning needs while at school. You will need to inform your school nurse and your child's teacher of any health concern which may influence your child's school performance. These conditions may include, but are not limited to; physical disabilities, vision or hearing impairments, seizures, diabetes, heart conditions, migraine headaches, asthma, allergies, kidney disorders or attention needs.

Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school and/or for a parent to keep the child home from school.

  1. Fever of 100° F and over —exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours. (without anti-fever medications)
  2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworms, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.
  3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
  4. Head injury.
  5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
  6. Colds — a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
  7. Diarrhea or vomiting — exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
  9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.
  10. Any student with live lice will be excluded from school until treated with an appropriate pediculicide and all live lice are removed.

Parents/guardians are responsible for picking up their child in a timely manner when they are notified by the school that their child has complained of illness or injury while at school. We are not equipped to care for an ill or injured student for an indefinite amount of time. A sick child belongs at home and should not be in school.

Parents/guardians are to pick-up their child within forty minutes of notification of their child's illness or injury at school. If the parent/guardian is unable to come to the school when notified, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make arrangements for another responsible person or someone who is listed on the child's Emergency Information Card to act on their behalf and pick the child up at school. Please make arrangements for such an event in advance.

Please keep your child's Emergency Information Card current. Be sure to inform the school when phone numbers or emergency contacts change.

Immunizations Important for Beginning School

All students in the KCK Public Schools are required to have up-to-date immunization records before starting school.

Elementary school students, new to the district, who are nine-years-old and younger will be required to have a physical examination, not more than 12 months old, on file before starting school.

Immunizations and physical examinations may be obtained from a number of sources, including a family physican and the Wyandotte County Health Department.

 

 

Parent Tip Sheet on MRSA

Recently there have been some concerns about skin infections affecting some of our students. The purpose of this memo is to explain what this infection is, what you should be aware, and what to do if you suspect an infection. Also, how to care for a possible infection and what precautions you should take to avoid an infection.
 
What is being done to contain the infection, treat those infected, prevent future occurrences, and educate the public about MRSA which stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. It's tougher to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus -- or staph -- because it's immune to some commonly used antibiotics. The symptoms of MRSA depend on where you're infected. Most often, it causes mild infections on the skin, causing pimples or boils.

 

What parents should know:

  • People can become infected with MRSA by touching infected people, or contaminated objects and surfaces, such as clothing, towels, sports equipment, and other objects that can pass bacteria from one person’s skin to another’s.
  • Anyone can get MRSA.
  • MRSA can spread easily among people who spend time in close contact with each other, such as household members and participants in close-contact sports (for example, football and wrestling).
  • MRSA is NOT spread through the air.
  • Personal hygiene is very important in preventing and controlling the spread of MRSA infections.
  • The key measures that can be taken to prevent MRSA infections are to practice good hand washing and good wound care.

 What to do if you think your child has a MRSA skin infection:

  • Keep the skin sore covered at all times with a bandage or clothing.
  • Do not share clothing, towels, or personal care items.
  • Tell your school nurse immediately and seek medical care right away to prevent dangerous complications from developing.

 Remind children:

  • Do not share personal care items such as razors, bar soap, cosmetics, or towels.
  • Do not share clothing or uniforms that are not properly laundered.
  • Do not get tattoos and body piercings using unsterile equipment.
  • Do not engage in sexual activity or have close physical contact with MRSA-infected people.
  • Do not share athletic gear (pads or helmets) that is not cleaned regularly.

 

Diabetes Guidelines

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools recognizes the growing number of students enrolling in our schools with history of diabetes and the need for a set of consistent practices for addressing the needs of students with diabetes. We recognize our responsibility to develop individualized healthcare plans for such students that include steps to follow in the event of an emergency. Collaboration between the parent, supervising physician and the school is essential in the development and success of these plans.

These guidelines are intended to serve as a "best practice" model to utilize with applicable students. The school nurse will serve as the lead school employee in implementing these guidelines. 

Most students with diabetes need to be considered for eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as a student with a disability as defined in these regulations requiring accommodations at school.  If a 504 is needed, the school nurse will coordinate with the building 504 coordinator to facilitate the Section 504 process as indicated

All students with diabetes:

Upon parent report of the condition, the school nurse will obtain a history intake regarding the student's current health status and management. The parent will provide physician orders (usually a multi-page document from the primary physician and/or nurse diabetes educator) and discuss the management procedures including administration of medication at school and an emergency care plan (also referred to as an Anticipated Health Crisis Plan). The age of the student, length of time with the diagnosis, and individual self-management skills will be considered in individualizing care. Based upon typical developmental skills and recommendations from experts in the field, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools recommends the following graduated independence in care continuum:

Early Childhood

The school nurse monitors all diabetic care.

Elementary

The school nurse monitors all diabetic care, carbohydrate counting/insulin ratio with with allowance for increasing independence in blood glucose monitoring in upper elementary grades.

Middle School

Lunchtime carbohydrate counting and insulin ratio is to be done under the supervision of the school nurse, with additional guidance provided for "out of the ordinary" lows and highs working toward increasing independence by 8th grade.

High School

By high school the student should be working toward independence in diabetes care upon agreement of school nurse, student, parents and physician. Initial once per day oversight by school nurse encouraged to establish student baseline.

In conclusion, annual meetings with the school nurse and family are essential to ensure student safety while working toward independence with diabetic care. Nurse contact during the school day will vary with each student based on individual needs and student competency with self-care. All students regardless of age will need assistance in treating low blood sugars.