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Nurse Cindy Watkins

Welcome to the EEEC Health Room

 334-393-9582

I invite you to visit or call me if you have any needs or concerns about your child's health.  I am anxious to help any way I can to ensure that health issues do not interfere with your child's ability to perform in the classroom. It is extremely difficult for your child to work well in the classroom if he/she does not feel well. I am eager to serve your child, and I am excited about the health services which are available through our School Nurse program. 

At the beginning of each school year, your child will be given a white health card to complete and return to school.  It is imperative that we have up-to-date information so parents can be contacted and the school nurse is aware of any health conditions.  As numbers and addresses change, please contact the school nurse, so that the health card can be updated, as well as the parental contact information for the school. 

  Medications at School

The Enterprise City School System recognizes that some of our students will need to receive medications during the school day.  In response to this need, our school system has established guidelines to ensure the safe and proper administration of medications. A nurse is available at the Enterprise Early Education Center to ensure the proper administration of medications during the school day and to ensure that health issues do not impact negatively upon students' classroom performance and attendance.

Most medications will and should be given at home.  Medications prescribed for once a day or twice a day should be given at home.  If the medication is ordered to be given with food, the student should have a snack given with the medication at home.  Please contact the school nurse if there are special considerations regarding the administration of medications during the school day. 

Please be reminded that the authority to administer medication(s) to your child must come from you as the parent/guardian and the physician, when the medication is prescribed.  Your child should not bring medications to school. A parent/guardian should deliver them to the school nurse.  Please do not allow your child to keep medications or medical devices, such as inhalers, with him/her during the school day without speaking to the school nurse.

If your child needs cough medicine during the day, please do not allow him/her to bring cough drops because of the risk of choking. Instead, please deliver to the nurse's office cough strips or spray.

Administration of Medication Procedures


A Medication Authorization Form must be completed and signed by the student's parent/guardian before any medication (prescription or non-prescription) may be administered to a student during the school day.  If a medication is prescribed by a physician, the Medication Authorization Form must be signed by the physician before the medication is administered.  Please contact the school nurse for a copy of this form. 

For prescription medications, a pharmacy-labeled container is required which includes the student's name, doctor's name, name of medication, strength, dosage, time interval, route, and date of drug's discontinuation, when appropriate.  If the administration of this medication will be longer than 2 weeks, the parent/guardian should request two containers from the pharmacy, with one labeled for school use. 

When the medication to be given is a non-prescription medication, the medication should be brought to the school in its original container. This container should identify the medication, provide all the manufacturer's labeling and the student's name.  Medications which are brought to the school in other containers or wrapped in such items as tissue paper, paper towels, etc., will not be accepted or administered to students.  A Medication Authorization Form for student self-administration of asthma medication must be on file in the nurse's office. 

The parent/guardian should deliver all controlled substances (such as Ritalin) to the school nurse.  Students must not deliver controlled substances to the school and students must not keep medications with them during the school day. A parent/guardian must deliver the medication to the nurse's office. Once the medication has  been received, the school nurse will count, inspect and properly secure the medications. 

The parent/guardian should pick up the student's medication which has not been used at the end of the school year. 

The parent/guardian must provide the school with a new Medication Authorization Form if medication orders are changed during the school year.

When to Keep Your Child Home

There are times when you're not sure it is necessary to keep your child home from school. Here are some symptoms that may mean your child is sick.

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Running or inflamed eyes or nose
  • Rash
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged glands
  • Excessive coughing

A child should remain at home at least 24 hours with no fever, diarrhea, or vomiting following an illness. Notify the school that your child will be absent. When your child returns to school, he/she must bring a written excuse stating the dates and reason for absence. This excuse must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

By following these guidelines, you will protect not only the health of your child, but the health of his/her classmates and school staff as well!

Communicable Diseases

All students should remain at home for at least 24 hours symptom free after they have had any illness accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Should your child develop or acquire chicken pox, measles, pink eye (conjunctivitis), strep throat, scarlet fever, unknown or undiagnosed rash, please call the school nurse. 

First Aid/Emergency Treatment

The school nurse is available full time to provide first aid and support to students who become ill or injured during the school day. Parents will be notified if further medical care is needed, so it is important that each child's health card be kept up to date at all times.                                     

Parents who will be away from home for an extended period of time are encouraged to notify the school nurse in writing of alternate emergency phone numbers and temporary guardians.

If your child is sick with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever, please call me at 393-9582 or 393-9542  Please make sure that your child is free from these symptoms  at least 24 hours  before returning to school.

Immunizations

The following immunizations must be completed and verified by the school nurse before a student may attend classes:

5 doses of tetanus, with  5th dose after 4th birthday and at least 10 years apart from that point forward          

5 doses of diphtheria,  with the 5th  dose after 4th birthday and at least 10 years apart from that point forward 

5 doses of Pertussis, with the 5th  dose after 4th birthday and at least 10 years apart from that point forward 

At least 3 doses of Polio vaccine , with the last dose administered after the 4th birthday, or a total of 4 doses 

Students must have 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), with the first dose given after the 1st birthday and the second dose given at the age of 4-6, or at least 28 days between vaccinations.

 

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