Mrs. Kristi Bothwell
Information letters and individual health care plans can be located under student health on the Lee County School System website.
Parents and/or guardians will be notified when a child is sick, complaining of continuous discomfort, or has fever over 100.4 degrees. In the event of an emergency and the parent or guardian cannot be found, an ambulance will be called, and any associated costs will be the parent’s responsibility.
If your child becomes sick at school, it is the parents’ or guardians’ responsibility to pick up their child promptly. The student will be counted absent from the time the parent is called. He/ she should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. A doctor’s note may be required before a student is readmitted when there is a contagious disease involved.
All students must have a student heath card with emergency contact information where parents and/or guardians can be reached. It is crucial to have current phone numbers where the given contacts can be reached. Please notify the school immediately if there are any changes to the contact information. Please provide names and phone numbers of persons who are allowed to pick up your child in case of illness or accident when you are unavailable. All information is confidential and used only by school staff in case of emergency.
All students entering or attending Grades Pre-K through 12 in the Lee County School System are required to have a complete Georgia Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231) in accordance with Georgia Law, OCGA 20-2-771. All students must be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases as specified by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, or have medical or religious exemption on file at school.
The Lee County School’s Medication Policy will be followed for all medications given during school hours.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to give medications at home whenever possible. If it is necessary for a student to take medication at school, the following procedures should be followed:
- Please Do Not send medication to school that is ordered once/twice/three times per day unless the physician specifically states a time during the school day which it is to be given. An antibiotic that is to be given three times a day can be given before school, when the student gets home, and at bedtime.
- If the medication is to be given daily at lunch, the physician must specifically state the time to be given on the prescription bottle.
- The parent/guardian or student (age appropriate) must transport prescription medicines to the health clinic or main office of the school.
- Prescription medications must be in the original prescription bottle, clearly labeled with the student’s name, physician’s name and contact information, medication name and strength, amount given per dose, route and time of administration, dispensing pharmacy. Over-the-counter medications must be in the un-opened original container. The school staff will have the right to refuse to give medication that is questionable or expired.
- Narcotic and/or other prescription pain medications (e.g. Tylenol with codeine, hydrocodone, etc) will not be administered at school.
- Any student possessing prescription or over-the-counter medication not in accordance with these guidelines will be considered in violation of the School District’s Code of Conduct and shall be subject to the discipline set forth in the code of conduct and/or the student handbook.
- The prescribing physician and parent/guardian must complete an Authorization to Give medication at school form in order for school staff to administer medication.
- The parent/guardian is responsible for notifying the school of any changes in the administration of medications.
- If these procedures are not followed, medication may not be dispensed at school.
- Unused medication will be disposed of unless picked up within one week after the medication is discontinued and/or at the end of the school year.
Georgia State Law authorizes student self-administration of certain medications and treatments (e.g., asthma inhalers, insulin, Epi-pen) at school, thus relieving the school district and its employees of any liability in connection with self-administration.
In order for a student to keep a medication in his/her possession the following must occur:
- Written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
- Health Care Plan completed by physician stating that in the doctor’s professional opinion the student is fully capable to carry and administer the medication.
- Health Care Plan completed by physician detailing the name and purpose of the medication prescribed dosage, and time(s) or special circumstances for administration of the medication.
- Written authorization from the parent/guardian for the school to seek emergency medical treatment for the student when necessary.