​Health and Immunizations

Medications at School
If your child will be receiving medication at school (prescription or non-prescription), a district Permission To Administer Medication form needs to be filled out and signed by you as well as your child’s medical provider. Parents must transport all medication to and from school at the elementary level. This includes prescription and non-prescription medications such as cough drops, Tylenol, throat lozenges, etc. Asthma inhalers are typically kept in the health office for use by students. They may be carried by the student only when an additional form Asthma Inhaler - Self Carry Contract has been filled out and signed by the student’s medical provider, you, your student and the school nurse. All forms are available in school office or on line at https://www.asd20.org/Schools/pes/Info/Look/Pages/default.aspx. If the student mishandles the inhaler, and/or the safety of other students is at risk, the school nurse/ administration will be calling the parent to re-consider the appropriateness of them self-carrying. Prescription/non-prescription medication must be in original containers with correct dose and directions on label.

Health Care Plans
Academy School District 20 encourages Health Care Plans for any student who needs a medical procedure done at school or has a health condition that needs to be closely monitored. Examples may include: Asthma, Severe life threatening allergies, etc. Please have medical providers fill out the necessary forms (in the school office or on line at https://www.asd20.org/Schools/pes/Info/Look/Pages/default.aspx prior to the start of each school year. Contact your school nurse if your student has special medical needs that may require a Health Care Plan not available on line. Examples may include: Diabetes, Bleeding disorders, Heart conditions, G-tube feedings, etc.

Please do not send your student to school if he/she is ill. Students with one or more of the following symptoms should be excluded from school until symptoms have resolved: Has a fever of 100.4 or higher, if student does not feel well enough to participate comfortably in usual activities, repeated vomiting, diarrhea, constant runny nose, congestion, frequent coughing, possible communicable diseases, undiagnosed rashes, etc. A complete list of the District 20 Illness Guidelines is available at the school office or on the Pioneer web site. If your child has a fever with other symptoms they must stay home until fever/symptoms resolve without the use of medicine for 24 hours. We do not have health clinics in our schools. Our health room paras and secretarial staff have been trained in limited first aid and medication administration. School nurses have multiple schools they are responsible for and are not in any one school full time.

If your child has had any immunizations over the summer, please send an updated copy to the school for staff to add to his shot record. The school nurse / staff will be checking the immunization records on all students to see if state requirements have been met. Current state immunization requirements are listed on the district website.

Communicable Diseases
If your student has a communicable (contagious) disease / condition please let the secretarial staff or health room para know. Examples are chickenpox, strep throat, head lice, scarlet fever, fifth’s disease (slapped cheek appearance), meningitis, measles, impetigo, scabies, etc.

Vision and Hearing Screenings
Screenings are done for students according to Colorado State guidelines. The vision screening done at school is a very basic screening. We, along with the medical community, recommend that all school children receive yearly comprehensive eye exams with an eye specialist at your expense. The basic screenings done at school do not take the place of these more complete exams. Please contact your school nurse if insurance is an issue. Also, if you suspect a hearing problem, please let your school nurse know and if indicated, we will arrange a more thorough exam with our district audiologist. If you do not want your child to be screened at school for either vision or hearing please