The health room is staffed by a full-time registered nurse, but it is very small and generally quite busy. It is available for students with acute illnesses.
To enter the health room, students must have a pass from the teacher. Unless it is deemed an emergency, students without a pass will be referred to an administrator for cutting class.
Students who are sick must see the school nurse or her back-up before going home. Students will NOT be permitted to leave campus to obtain medication or change clothes without obtaining permission from an administrator or the school nurse and contact with parent/guardian.
STUDENT MEDICINES AT SCHOOL
Students are allowed to bring and take over the counter medications such as ibuprofen, cough drops, Oragel etc. while at school. They should not share medicines with other students.
Students who need prescription medicine during school hours must have a signed RHSD III medication form from their physician. One signed form per medicine is required for each school year. These forms can be found on the Rock Hill School District III website.All prescription medications must be stored in the Health Room.
No medicine is to be shared or given to any student other than the student who has permission to carry the medicine. Penalty for distributing medication to other students is suspension or expulsion from school and possibly police charges. This is district policy.
Students may be authorized to carry, monitor and self administer inhalers, insulin pumps, glucometers or epi-pens with written permission from the student’s health care provider and parent/legal guardian. The parent/legal guardian will sign a statement acknowledging that the district will incur no liability as a result of any injury arising from taking or using medications or self-monitoring devices by the pupil and that the parent/legal guardian will indemnify and hold harmless the district and its employees and agents against any claims arising out of the self-monitoring or self- administration of medication by the pupil.
Receipt of the above will authorize a student to possess and administer medication while in the classroom or on school grounds, at a school sponsored activity, in transit to and from school or school sponsored activities, or during before or after school activities on school operated property.
Neither the school district nor its personnel will be responsible for the occurrence of any adverse drug reactions when the medication has been given in the manner prescribed. The district may revoke a student’s permission to self-administer medication if the student endangers him/herself or others through misuse of the monitoring device or medication.
SC Law 5l9-64-80 (See the school nurse for Medication Permission Form for Medicines at School)
Parents may leave messages for students in the main office. The office will call a student on the intercom during the change of class and ask that they pick a message up at the attendance office or the main office. Classes will not be interrupted unless it is an emergency.