Notes from the Nurse

  • Direct Nurses line: 913-780-7212            cbennettft@olatheschools.org

    It's Cold and Flu Season, here are some important tips for staying healthy!
    Get your flu Vaccination every year.

    Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating.  Use soap and water.  You can use alcohol-based hand rinse when soap and water is not available.   Remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

    Don't give germs a free ride to your face.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Viruses are often spread after a person touches something that is contaminated with the virus and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. 

    Cover your mouth with a tissue or tuck it into your elbow when coughing or sneezing and encourage others to do so.  Wash your hands afterward.

    Fight the good fight - by practicing these healthy habits that keep your body's immune system working it's best to fight off illness.

    Sleep - students should get at least 9 hours a night.

    Diet - eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies, especially dark green, red and yellow vegetables and a variety of fruit.  Eat breakfast!

    Hydrate - with at least 8 cups of water per day.

    Excercise - at least 30 minutes per day.  Get outside and move!

    Stay home if you have a respiratory infection when possible.  A general guideline is to stay home 24 hours after fever resolves off medications like ibuprofin or acetaminophen.

    6th grade students will be required to have an updated Tetanus shot as incoming 7th graders.  Please keep this in mind when going to the doctor in the coming months.

     

  • Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

    Middle School and High School Medication Policy:

    The middle school and high school medication policy varies slightly from the elementary school policy and encourages increased responsibility.

      1. All prescribed medications should be brought to the school nurse’s attention.
    • Many medications prescribed for attention deficit disorder and emotional problems, including depression, are controlled substances. Controlled substances require an annual doctor’s note and parent’s authorization and must dispensed from the health room under the supervision of the school nurse. (download Medication Authorization Form in PDF format — English or Spanish) The physician/dentist signature may be on this form or be received by the school on another form including a fax from the physician/dentist office. The doctor's note should not be dated earlier than May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable.

     

    • Students in sixth through 12th grades with diagnosis of asthma or severe allergies may carry and self-administer emergency medication. Kansas law states that this self-administration policy require written parent and physician signature specifying the name and purpose of medication, prescribed dosage, conditions under which the medication is to be self-administered and verification that the student has been instructed in self-administration, etc. (download the Authorization Form for Self – Administration of Emergency Asthma/Allergy Medication in PDF format — English or Spanish)

     

    • Antibiotics and other non-controlled prescription medications can be carried and self-administered by the student at the nurse's discretion. Medication must be in the original prescription bottle.

     

    • Over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough drops, etc.) may be carried and self-administered by students without written parent and/or physician signature. A limited supply of over-the-counter medications is available from the health room. Parents provide permission during online enrollment for the school nurse to administer over-the-counter medications.

     

    • In addition, these general rules apply:

     

    • All medication is to be carried in its original container.

     

    • At no time should a student give medication to another student.

     

    • The principal may revoke the self-medication privilege of any student found to be in violation of the policy.

     

    Important

    • The carrying of permissible medication by a student is a privilege. Students and parents need to be aware that it is an Olathe Student Code of Conduct violation (Class III, #7) to distribute or attempt to sell prescribed medications or over-the-counter medications.

     

    • It is also an Olathe Student Code of Conduct violation (Class IV, #2) to possess or distribute a controlled substance (see item 2 above) such as Ritalin or other ADD/ADHD medication, narcotics, anti-depressants, psychotic medications, etc. These need to be administered by the school nurse with a doctor's note.

     

    Over the counter medications

    Middle school students may carry over the counter medications, such as non-prescription pain relievers, cold or allergy medicine with the following stipulations.

    • Medications are to be kept in a student’s locker, and not carried with them throughout the school day.

     

    • Only a one day’s supply in possession.

     

    • Must be in the original, marked container.

     

    • Never distributed to another student

     

    If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Bennett at 780-7210.

Ms. Bennett - School Nurse

 Catherine Bennett

Phone: 913-780-7210

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Catherine Bennett