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    FINAL NOTICE: All 7th graders need to show proof of having received the Tdap and Meningitis shot by October 14th. The school nurse has contacted you if you are still in need of these shots. 6th graders are receiving these shots now in preparation for the 7th grade requirement. A notice will come out in early 2020 for those 6th graders still needing the vaccine. It is easiest to get the vaccine by summer between 6th and 7th grade years.

    Catherine Bennett RN



    September 26th was screening day. 8th graders were screened for vision and hearing, 6th graders were screened for vision. Parents are notified only if their students did NOT pass.

    Cold and Flu season is coming. Best way to prepare is to get a flu shot!

    cbennettft@olatheschools.org            phone: (913)780-7212      fax (913)780-7216.

  • 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.



    • 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


Degrees and Certifications:

Catherine Bennett