Health Resources for Parents & Students

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Learn about the health room staff and health services provided through our school district.​

     

     

    https://contenthub.bvsd.org/healthhttps://contenthub.bvsd.org/health{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}<h2><strong>Role of the School Nurse</strong><br></h2><div><br></div><div>School Nurse Consultants develop health care plans to ensure the safety of students with significant health concerns, ensure immunizations are compliant with State law, assist with screenings and provide overall health guidance at school.  School Nurses are also an integral part of the Special Education Team and are responsible for a portion of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that pertains to the students' health and participates in developing IEP accommodations related to health needs.  This includes the responsibility for students needing 504 plans written in accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act for a medical reason.  </div><div><br></div><div>The goal of the School Nurse Consultant is to work closely with parents, health care providers, school staff and others to coordinate the health care of the student and the school community. School Nurses also provide direct health services to students and as needed, train and delegate to unlicensed personnel who work with students identified as having complex medical needs.</div>  <br><div><h2><strong>Role of the Health Room Staff</strong><br></h2><br>All schools have a Health Room staff person who carries out health-related duties during the day.  Other office staff members help fill this role in their absence.  The Health Services Department provides oversight of Health Room staff and other unlicensed school personnel who are trained to respond to the immediate health needs of students.  Typically, Health Room staff and other staff members are not medical professionals. <br></div><div> </div><p>Please contact your school nurse or health room if you have questions or if your student has health needs.  You can also visit the <a href="http://www.bvsd.org/health/parents/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">BVSD Health Services Parent and Student Health Resources</a> page for information about immunizations, medications, health forms and other district health policies.<br>​​<br></p>

     

     

    Nicole Matarazzohttps://cme.bvsd.org/About/directory/Pages/nicole_matarazzo.aspxhttps://cme.bvsd.org/About/directory/Pages/nicole_matarazzo.aspx{ebcc993e-f681-43ef-bec6-23fd3779d16f}Nicole MatarazzoParaeducator, Health RoomGP0|#ea44123c-4a50-491d-9124-40184c7c9200;L0|#0ea44123c-4a50-491d-9124-40184c7c9200|Administration;GTSet|#047c81e0-37dc-4eae-934f-e677abc2b456;GPP|#a2b06d31-c461-4bcb-b12b-273c96e77b9b;GPP|#6ad9fbb3-bf89-49b8-9e36-ddd3131d80d6;GPP|#4d055820-42d8-4f9b-843d-27bc329df1ff;GP0|#c76a9110-4108-40bd-91e8-4d8fa5e7f612;L0|#0c76a9110-4108-40bd-91e8-4d8fa5e7f612|Health Room;GP0|#d5a7ab98-a5df-42fa-ba2b-5a42863066da;L0|#0d5a7ab98-a5df-42fa-ba2b-5a42863066da|Support720-561-3709nicole.matarazzo@bvsd.org

     General Information from Our Health Room

    Medication

    If your child requires medication during school hours a Medication Administration Authorization Form must be
    completed (available in the office or on-line at bvsd.org). A parent/guardian and physician must complete the form prior to any doses being administered at school. This applies to all medications: prescribed, over the counter, herbs, vitamin’s and topical medication. All medication must be delivered to the office by an adult in its original package with the child’s name written on the product. If the medication is a prescription the prescription label must be on the package. If possible, please administer medication at home. Under no circumstance may a child ​carry ​prescription or non-prescription ​medication on the bus or at school to take on his/her own.​​​​

    Physicals & Immunizations

    All preschool students are required to have an annual physical within the first 30 days of school. Please deliver up to date physicals to the office. If your child received immunizations over the summer, please bring the new form to the office or fax them at 720-561-3701. If you do not know if your child is in need of a physical or immunizations please contact me.

    Illness

    Please be mindful of our community by keeping sick children home. Children with compromised immune systems, elderly people, infants and pregnant women are in the building all day every day. Fever is not the only indicator of illness. In order to keep everyone healthy, observe your child closely before you send him/her to school. Expect a call if your child has a fever above 100 degrees, has vomiting and/or diarrhea, has extreme coughing, is not alert enough to learn or has an unidentified rash. Keep your student home at the beginning of a cold; this is when they are most contagious. Your child may return to school 24 hours after symptoms of fever, vomiting/diarrhea have stopped without medication. Any infectious conditions such as strep throat, chicken pox, impetigo, pink eye, an undiagnosed rash require that you keep your child home…for them as well as those that they may infect. Rest is key in recovering from illness and strengthening the immune system to prevent further complications.

    Lice

    Yes, lice appear every year. Check your child’s head on a regular basis! The best way to avoid the little critters appearing on your child’s head is to be proactive at home. Check your child’s head often. BVSD does not check entire classrooms. If you are uncertain and would like me to check your child’s head, contact me.

    Health Insurance

    Do you or someone you know need Food Assistnace or free or low-cost health insurance? 

    Boulder County Healthy Kids and Adults can help you enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), and Food Assistance. Medicaid and CHP+ are free or lowcost health insurance plans that provide dental, medical, prescription, and vision benefits. There are no monthly premiums, and co-pays range from $0-$15 depending on income. CHP+ has higher income eligibility limits; so many working families can qualify. 

    The Healthy Kids and Adults team can also connect you with a Health Coverage Guide if you need assistance with shopping in the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace. Already have Medicaid or CHP+? Healthy Kids and Adults can answer questions you have about your active case and even assist with completion of your annual redetermination. Contact: HKOutreach@bouldercounty.org​ or 720-515-1454​

    More information can be found at Boulder County Healthy Kids Initiative Website.  


     Health Forms

    All of the Health Service Forms, in Spanish and English, can be found on the BVSD Health Services Forms Website.  For easy access to the forms, visit Community Montessori School Forms Page.

     Guidelines for Keeping Your Student Home

    The beginning of any infectious illness is usually the time it is most likely to spread to others.  This is also the time your student is probably feeling unable to participate in class. In order to keep everyone healthy, we ask that you observe the following guidelines and keep your student home if  s/he exhibits any of the following:
    • Fever, vomiting, or diarrhea: Your student should remain home for 24 hours after symptoms end.
    • Colds / respiratory viruses: Keep your student home at the beginning of a cold.  This is also the time when one is most infectious and least likely to feel well enough to participate in class. When s/he feels better and no longer has frequent sneezing and cough, it is permissible to return to school.
    • Strep throat: Your student may return to school after taking the antibiotic for 24 hours, and feeling better.
    • Chicken pox: Your student should stay home until there are no new lesions and all existing lesions have scabbed over.
    • Eye: Bacterial and some viral eye infections must be treated by a health care provider before the student returns to school. If antibiotic therapy is prescribed, the student must remain home for at least 24 hours after treatment has begun.
    • Open sores on skin: All skin lesions must be covered by a bandage or clothing during the school day. This may include impetigo, ring worm, scabies, and other fungal, bacterial or viral skin infections.
    • Generalized skin rash: Any student with an undiagnosed skin rash must consult a health care provider for diagnosis and/or treatment before returning to school with a note from the health care provider.
    • Head lice: Your student may return to school only after treatment with lice treatment.
    ***A student will be sent home from school if s/he has any of the above conditions and/or  has a  temperature of 100°F or more taken axillary on forehead or temple.***


     

     Medications in School

    In the Boulder Valley School District, the following guidelines are in place to provide for the safety of all students. Keep in mind that most staff who administer medications to students are non-medical people working under the supervision of a nurse.  Please call our school’s Health Room Paraprofessional  or the District Health Services Office (720-561-5544) with any questions regarding the medication procedures.

    Parents may always come to school and administer medication to their child.

    Boulder Valley students may receive medications at school according to the following procedure...  

    • Medications are not to be in the personal possession of students at school or on the bus.​
    • For all prescription and non-prescription medications, a student’s parent or guardian shall make a written request for school personnel to administer medications by providing the completed Medication Administration Authorization form, which is to be signed by both a parent and physician. A new Authorization form must be signed and submitted for each new prescription medication or each dosage change. These forms are available in the school’s Health Room. Completed forms can be faxed to the school. Authorization forms must be completed each year
    • Medications should always be delivered to the Health Room staff or office staff by an adult.
    • The student must report to the Health Room or school office to take medications. EXCEPTION: Any student who requires the use of an inhaler or EpiPen may carry and self-administer the prescribed medication if the physician signs a specific statement on the Medication Administration Authorization form, endorsing the student’s capability for this.
    • Prescription medication supplied by the student’s parents or guardian must be in a properly labeled bottle dispensed by a pharmacy.
    • Non-prescription, “as needed” medications must be in the original labeled container. The bottle should also be labeled with the student’s name.
    • A photograph of the student should be attached to the completed authorization form. It is the parents’ responsibility to supply a current picture (or clear copy) to the Health room staff person.
    • It is the responsibility of the parent to obtain all unused medication from the school when the medication is discontinued, the school year ends, or the student transfers to another school. At the end of a school year, school staff will dispose of all unclaimed medications.

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