Notes from the nurse...
Immunization News for MS Students
News from the nurse's office--notices will be going out to all 7th grade student's parents concerning Tdap immunization that will be required for all incoming 8th graders for the 2013-2014 school year. The first notice will go out in mid February. If you do not receive a letter it is because your child already meets the requirements. If you have any questions, please call the school nurse, Phyllis Avis @ 636-456-6903 Ext. 3334.
The nurse's office provides health services for each grade level, services administered through a registered nurse include: vision and hearing screenings (upon staff or parental request), referrals, daily prescribed medications, first aid and emergency treatment, management of acute and chronic conditions with nursing duties such as, G-tube feedings, tracheotomy care and injections. The nurse also helps identify and prevent health problems through parental and student education. The office houses all health information on each student, including immunizations which are kept current and up to date.
If your child needs to get his/her immunizations they are available through your private doctor, local resources, and the Warren County Health Department. Call 636-456-7474 for more information. They are located at the following address.
Warren County Health Department
104 W. Main Room OW23
Warrenton, Mo. 63383
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to any clinic sponsored by the Warren County Health Department to sign the permission form for the immunizations. In the event a
parent or legal guardian cannot be present, please call the Warren County Health Department at 636-456-7474. You must also take your child’s updated immunization records with you to the clinic. Employment and services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.
NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR--
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recently revised the code of state regulations, immunizations requirements for school children (for the 2012-2013 school year).
♦ Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, and pertusis) vaccine will BE REQUIRED for all incoming eighth grade students if the child has completed the recommended childhood Dtap/DTP vaccination series and has not received a TD booster within the past two years.
The intent of this article is to inform you in advance that in order for your child to start classes on the first day of 2012-2013 school year (in August), they must have received the Tdap immunization and turned in the paperwork that provides proof that they have received the immunization. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from school until this requirement is met.
Since this is a new law, there will more than likely be a backup for appointments at either your personal physician or the local health department. By getting your child's immunization done in advance (before August, 2012), you will avoid having problems getting an appointment and/or starting the first day of school. Please be reminded that when you decide to get this done (March-August) the required paperwork needs to either be turned in or mailed to the nurse's office at BHMS. The nurse will then cross your child's name off the list and they will be allowed to begin the first day of school.
Any questions should be directed to BHMS's school nurse, Phyllis Avis at 636-456-6903, ext. 3334. For appointments at the Warren County Health Department, please call 636-456-7474.
When Should a Student Stay Home From School?
It is very important that we prevent the spread of communicable disease. Before returning to school:
• Students should be fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications.
• Students should be free of continuous coughing.
• Students should remain at home until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
• Students should remain home for 24 hours after taking the first dose of antibiotic for an infection.
All medication and prescriptions must be dropped off by a parent or guardian for your child’s protection. Students are not allowed to carry any medication into school. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All medication needs to be picked up on the last day of school by the parent or guardian. We will not send medication home with any student.
Please feel free to download and print these forms for your child to enter school. If you have any questions please call the nurse's office at 636-456-4311 Ext.3334.