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School Health Policies

Of  Policy # 5130   Illness and Injury  
  • Parent(s) will provide school personnel with the names and telephone numbers of adults who can be reached during the day whom they authorize to take responsibility if the student becomes ill or there is an ER.                                                         
  • Parent(s) of a student with a known medical condition or change in health status are responsible for notifying the School Nurse.
  •  Parent(s) will be responsible for informing non-employees (e.g. bus drivers) of their child's medical conditions which may require emergency attention.
  •  A student who has a suspected or contagious illness should remain at home and/or see the doctor


 Of  Policy # 5140  Communicable Diseases 

  • A physician's evaluation may be required for a definitive diagnosis to assure that the student is no longer infectious.  
  • Fever --The student with fever will be dismissed from school for an oral temperature 100 degrees F or above. The child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school (without the use of antipyretics).
  • Vomiting -- The student with vomiting will be dismissed from school and may return to school 12 hours after vomiting has stopped. 
  • Diarrhea (2 episodes of loose stool)-- The student with diarrhea will be dismissed from school and may return to school 12 hours after diarrhea has stopped.


 Of  Policy # 5176   Prescription Medication

  • Prescription medications will be given in school only with written permission from the parent(s)/guardian(s) as well as prescribing physician
  • Written orders from a physician detailing the name of the student, the name of the drug they are prescribed, the drug dosage, the reason for the drug to be administered and the time the medication should be given must be received by the School Nurse along with the student's medication prescription bottle - matching the doctor's order's information before the nurse can administer student's medication at school.
  • Prescription medication must be left at the health office.
  • A renewal of a long-term medication order is required each school year.

                                   Non-Prescription Medication:

  • Non-prescription medications will be administered only after a permission form or note has been signed by the parent for the medication to be given at school.
  • Non-prescription medication must be left at the health office.
  • No aspirin will be given in school because of its possible association with Reye's Syndrome.

   Of  Policy # 5110  Immunizations    

  •  A student may be exempted from immunization requirements for medical or religious reasons if one of the following is provided to the school: 
  •  Medical exemption - A signed statement from a physician stating that immunization is contraindicated.
  •  Religious exemption - A signed statement from the parent(s)/guardian(s) that immunization is against their religious or moral beliefs.
  • A student may be admitted to school provisionally while he/she is in the process of acquiring the required immunizations with a written statement from a physician and/or health clinic.  
  • A student who does not comply with the state immunization law will be excluded from school until compliant in accordance with Vt. State law.
  •  Students attending school with a provisional, medical or religious exemption will be excluded from school should an outbreak of measles, polio, rubella, or diphtheria occur. 
  • Parents must provide immunization and health records from a physician or health clinic to the school for the Health Office.

Please note the new Vermont schools entry immunization requirements:

  • 5 doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) vaccine  
  • 4 doses of polio vaccine  
  • 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine
  • 3 doses of hepatitis vaccine
  • 2 doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis
(Info from VTDOH vaccines required in Vermont schools, what parents should know about vaccines...)
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/  (Info from the CDC - why vaccinate, vaccine ingredients, Q&As about vaccines...)