​Health and Immunizations

Medications and Health Care Plans
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 click here Health Forms and scroll down for the list of Health Care Forms. 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.

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 click here Health Forms and scroll down for a list of Health Care Forms 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 is ill. Students with one or more of the following symptoms will be excluded from school until symptoms have resolved: Has a fever of 100.5 or higher, if student does not feel well enough to participate comfortably in usual activities, 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 by clicking here or asking at the school office. If your child has a fever with other symptoms they must stay home until fever/symptoms resolve without the use of medicine. 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.

Immunization Policies for Academy District 20:

·      Immunization of Students JLCB

·      Immunization of Students (procedure) JLCB-R

State Policies: 

Our policies largely follow the recommendations of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Vaccine Exemptions

For medical and non-medical exception forms see Colorado Department of Health and Environment's Vaccine Exemption Forms information.

Additionally, the CDPHE recognizes that some families may prefer not to use a form, a parent/guardian or emancipated student or student over the age of 18 may submit a signed non-medical statement of exemption per section 25-4-903(2)(b), C.R.S. Such a statement should include the following information: student's full name, age or date of birth, date the exemption was submitted, the vaccines declined, and which type of non-medical exemption is being taken (personal belief or religious).

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, lice, etc.

Vision and Hearing Screenings
s 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 notify your school nurse in writing in advance of your school’s screening date and supply a copy of your child’s latest report from his doctor.

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