PHYSICALS AND IMMUNIZATIONS
The State of Delaware requires:
- 5 doses Dtap (4 doses if the last dose was given after 4th birthday)
- 4 doses Polio (3 doses if the last dose was given after 4th birthday)
- 2 doses MMR
- 2 doses Varicella
- 3 doses Hepatitis B
State law requires that these immunization be completed and up-to-date for continued school attendance. If your child has not fulfilled these requirements, exclusion from attendance at school will be enforced. Additionally, the TB Questionnaire must also completed for students entering the Delaware public school system from Out-of-state or Private/Parochial schools.
The Delaware School Health Examination or the DIAA Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation may be used as documentation of a physical for the purposes of a 9th grade physical. Health examinations must be dated within two years of entering 9th grade. If your student plans on playing sports during the current school year, a sports physical must be completed on a DIAA Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation form. No other forms will be accepted for a sports physical.
All medications, over-the-counter and prescription medications, require completion of the Permission to Administer Medication form. Students are not permitted to carry medications on their person except for an EpiPen and Asthma Inhaler. All medications sent to school must be accompanied by a Parental Request to Administer Medication form and must be in the original container with a label with the current date and instructions. Ask the pharmacist for a second bottle and label to keep at school.
Any changes in medication or dosages will require a new Permission to Administer Medication form. In order to carry the EpiPen or Asthma Inhaler, the EpiPen Inhaler On Person Consent form must be on file.
Asthma, allergies, anaphylaxis and other medical conditions such as diabetes, Long QT syndrome and seizures are often difficult to manage in the school setting. The school needs proper Care Plans on file in case an emergency arises. Please submit the appropriate care plan along with the Request to Administer Medication form (when applicable) as soon as possible.
The student emergency card gives us vital information about your student, therefore, it is extremely important to keep this current and updated. Your student cannot attend school without this card. We will not accept any faxed, scanned or copied images of the card. If you cannot be contacted, this cards gives us the names of those who will assume temporary care of your student and can authorize an early dismissal. This card also gives us permission to provide emergency care until an ambulance gets to the school and allows for an emergency department to provide care for your student.
VISION, HEARING, AND SCOLIOSIS SCREENINGS
Vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings are state mandated and are performed in 9th or 10th grade. Vision screenings are completed in 10th grade. Students are required to pass this screening in order to participate in driver’s education. The purpose of the hearing screening, completed in 9th grade, is to identify students who have hearing impairments that have the potential to interfere with communication and the learning process. Scoliosis screenings are completed in 9th grade to help identify students with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, a spine deformity characterized by lateral and rotational curvature of the spine.
SICK DAY GUIDELINES: MAKING THE RIGHT CALL
24 Hour Rule: Fever, Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Antibiotics
- FEVER: Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone WITHOUT medicine for 24 hrs. A fever is consider 100.1 degree or higher.
- VOMITING OR DIARRHEA: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the LAST time he or she vomited or had diarrhea.
- ANTIBIOTICS: Keep your child home until 24 hours after the FIRST dose of antibiotic for anything like ear infection, strep throat, or a sinus infection.
Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick. School policy (and state law) states a child should stay home if he or she displays any of the above symptoms.