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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  Policy5140  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 drug, the drug dosage, the reason for the drug to be administration and the time medication should be given must be received by the School Nurse along with the student's medication prescription bottle before the medication can be given 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, religious, or moral 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 or moral 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.  (See the missing immunizations form in the, "document manager" section.)
  • 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, moral, or religious exemption will be excluded from school should an outbreak of measles, polio, rubella, or diphtheria occur. 
  • Students must provide the school with immunization records from a physician or health clinic as cited in the Procedural Manual for Enforcement of the School Immunization Law, Agency of Human Services: 

    Please note the new Vermont schools entry immunization requirements, as of August 2008  

  • 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) as of 2012

*If your child has had the chicken pox disease then the varivax immunization is not necessary but a form stating this fact is. See the "document manager" section to download the form. 


      Molly Stark head lice policy 

  • Screening for head lice will be done at the School Nurse and administration's discretion.
  • Nits (dead) can stay, live nits or lice must leave right away!
  • Students found with live eggs (less than a fingers width from the scalp) or lice must be picked up from school and may not return to class unless checked first by the nurse and treatment was found to be effective. Effective treatment of the student's hair is required prior to returning to school.