School Nursing and Student Health
WE advocate and promote student health, wellness, and safety to support equal access to academic success.
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the health, safety, and academic success of students. The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and healthcare providers to advocate for student health and a healthy school environment.
Parents are encouraged to contact the school nurse if their child has a health condition impacting the child at school. Please contact your child's school for the name and contact information of the school nurse.
- Is my child too sick for school?
- Medication Information for Parents
- Head Lice Information
- Immunization Requirements and Resources
It's normal for children to get sick from time to time. But when should a parent keep a child home? Please visit the Washington County Health & Human Services Department School Exclusion webpage for guidance, rules and communicable disease facts.
Below are some guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school. The recommendations are based on the guidelines provided by the Communicable Disease Program of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. They were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease.
- Fever: With fever greater than 100.4° F; student may return when fever-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT use of fever-reducing medicine).
- Vomiting/Diarrhea: Any unexplained vomiting episode. May return 48 hours after last episode. Diarrhea equals three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools. May return 48 hours after last episode.
- Cough: Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
- Rash: Any new rash accompanied by a fever. May return after rash goes away or clearance given by a health care provider.
- Skin Lesions/Sores: Drainage from a sore that cannot be contained within a bandage OR sores are increasing in size OR new sores are developing day-to-day.
- Other: Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities OR student is requiring more care than school can safely provide.
Home is the best place for a child who is ill. If your child is sick with a diagnosed communicable disease, please notify the school as soon as possible. This notification will greatly assist others who, due to medical reasons and/or treatments, have weakened immune systems and may require immediate and specialized care.
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MEDICATION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Home is the best place for your child to receive medication. If possible, spacing of medication dosages should be arranged to allow for home administration. The Beaverton School District follows state guidelines for medication administration. Please review the information below to ensure safe, accurate medication administration.MEDICATION FORMS MUST BE UPDATED EACH SCHOOL YEAR
- Medication must not be expired.
- Medication must be Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved. If the medication is not FDA approved then a signed prescription and treatment plan from a prescriber of Oregon licensed healthcare professional is required.
- Medication must be transported to and from school by the parent/guardian or student (if self-consenting per Oregon law.)
- Necessary paperwork is completed. (Medication authorization forms can be obtained in the office or on the district website.)
- Adequate amount of medication is provided by the parent/guardian.
- All changes in instructions must be in writing and cannot be accepted verbally.
- All medications must be picked up at the end of each school year or they will be discarded.
- Must be prepared and labeled by a U.S. pharmacist.
- Label or prescriber's orders must have child's name, name of medication, route of administration, dose amount to be given at school, frequency/time of administration, and physician's name.
- Must be in a prescription bottle.
- Most pharmacists will provide two containers for prescription medication at home and school.
- Students are allowed to self-administer prescription medications, carry emergency medications for immediate access IF permission is obtained and the Self-Administration Medication Authorization form is completed and on file in school office.
- Must be in original container (no baggies, foil, etc.) and labeled with child’s name.
- Physician order needed only when the parent’s instruction for administration contradicts the safe dosing instruction on the bottle/container.
- Students are allowed to self-administer non-prescription medications IF permission is obtained and Self-Administration Medication Authorization form is completed and on file in the school office.
The district reserves the right to reject a request for district personnel to administer, or to permit a student to administer to themselves, a medication when such a medication is not necessary for the student to remain in school.
Head lice is a common condition and is not associated with lack of cleanliness. While lice are a nuisance, they are not dangerous. Please take care to check your child’s head for lice on a regular basis.
Educate your child on these preventative methods:
- Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact. Lice do not jump or fly.
- Avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere such as sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp.
- Less often, lice are spread via objects that have been in contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, stuffed animals or bedding.
- Do not share these personal items.
- Pets do not get lice.
What to Look for:
- Itching/scratching of head, especially at the back of the head and neck.
- Nits on the hair, close to the scalp. These are usually pearly-grey or brown in color and are tightly attached to the hair shaft.
- Dandruff is easily removed, whereas nits cannot be brushed or swept away.
What to Do If You Find Lice:
- Treat your child with lice treatment recommended by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Follow all instructions carefully.
- Seat child in a well-lit area, check the hair in small sections looking for lice and nits.
- Work to remove nits by using a nit comb and/or pulling them off the hair shaft with fingernails and dispose of in a sealed plastic bag.
- Check heads of household members. Treat if live lice are found.
- Daily head checks are recommended for the next 2 weeks.
- Wash your child’s towels, bedsheets and recently worn clothing in hot water and dryer.
- Clean combs and brushes used by the child by soaking them in water at least 130°F, for 5–10 minutes.
- Place non-washable items, such as stuffed toys in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks. Hatched nits/lice cannot survive more than 2 days without a human host.
- Vacuum furniture, rugs, floors, and the vehicles where the child has been.
Note: Spending excessive time and money on house cleaning activities is not necessary to avoid re-infestation by lice or nits. Do not use fumigant sprays; they can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through skin.
The school would appreciate notification if your child gets head lice. All information is completely confidential. Please contact your child’s school office or school nurse if you have additional questions or concerns.