Registered Nurses: Nurses in our district cover more than one school and are in each school at least once a week. The nurse at your school has regular communication with the health para and is available if any health care need or emergency arises.
Health Para: Your child’s school has a health para in the health room every day. Health paras are not nurses. They have received training in basic first aid, CPR, and medication administration only.
Health Room: Any student entering the health room will be allowed to remain there for up to 10 minutes. If there is a need to contact parents, we will use the phone numbers provided at the beginning of the school year. Please provide the school with current emergency phone numbers and update this information as it changes throughout the year.
Medication Policy: Please be aware that Colorado State law governs our medication policy. If your child must take medication during school hours, you must provide the following before we administer it:
Use of crutches and wheelchair: Each health room has a wheelchair for emergency use only. If your student requires temporary use of their own crutches or wheelchair, please provide a doctor's note to the health room and accommodations will be made.
Immunizations: All students must have current and up-to-date immunizations in order to participate in school. The only exception to this is if the parent signs an exemption for medical, religious, or personal reasons. Please note: Effective with the 2016-2017 school year, all Religious and Personal exemptions will need to be signed annually.
All students need to be compliant with their immunizations before fall break or they can be excluded from attending school. Your nurse or health para will contact you soon after the beginning of the school year to inform you if your child is out of compliance, meaning he or she is missing immunizations. Students beginning school after fall break, have 14 days to be in compliance or they may be excluded from school.
If you have any questions regarding these policies or immunization requirements for Colorado students, please call the health room at your child’s school.
Illness Guidelines: District 49 is following the illness guidelines from the Colorado Department of Education/Children’s Hospital Colorado. The guidelines can be found at cde.state.co.us.