The RCMS Clinic
The Ridgeview clinic helps your child with any health-related needs during the school day. To support your child and a healthy school environment, we ask that you update the clinic with up-to-date information about health and medical needs. So that we can best communicate with families in the event of emergencies, please make sure your contact information and emergency contact information is up-to-date.
Please feel free to e-mail our clinic assistant: Ms. Nija Singleton, CNA, Clinic Assistant
Reasons your child may visit the Ridgeview clinic:
- Management of long-term diseases (please provide us updated medical plans): diabetes, asthma, allergies, seizure treatment, daily medication needs, etc.
- Support with short-term medical / disease management: temporary medications, transitioning concussion patients to return to school, supporting students who have physical injuries to return to / navigate school, etc.
- Flu Shot clinic offered in the fall.
- Illness that they experience while at school.
- First-Aid for minor cuts, abrasions, or injuries.
SHS General Information
The Student Health Services (SHS) Team delivers health services and programs through a team approach utilizing the Registered Nurses and Clinic Assistants in the clinics and School-Based Health Centers. Our Registered Nurses and Clinic Assistants work together to provide care for students and to serve as a resource for all health-related issues. SHS believes optimal learning requires good health. Research shows there is a clear connection between school nursing services and student academic success.
Healthy Children…Learn Better!
Health Services Information
The school should be informed if your child has a medical condition or chronic illness, requires assistance with medication, or for any medical procedure or treatment.
When possible, medication should be taken at home, including all non-essential medications such as vitamins, herbals, essential oils, and narcotic pain medications. However, if medication must be taken at school, on a field trip or during a “before or after” school chaperoned activity, parents must provide all medications (prescribed and over-the counter) in accordance with Fulton County Schools Medication Administration Policy and Guidelines.
The parent/legal guardian must complete an authorization and instruction form entitled “AUTHORIZATION TO GIVE MEDICATION AT SCHOOL SHS-1 Form”. For all prescription medications, a healthcare provider must also sign the form. The school cannot give medications without the authorization form. The same form is used for prescription and non-prescription medications. Medication Authorization Forms are valid for one/current school year. A separate form MUST be used for each medication.
If your child has a medical condition such as asthma, a severe allergy or another health-related condition that requires self-administration of medication, or needs to carry an emergency medication (Epipen, Diastat, Inhaler, Glucagon, etc.), or has an approved legitimate reason to carry a medication on his/her person, you must complete and submit to the school clinic an "Authorization for Students to Carry Medication SHS-2 Form". This form must be signed by the healthcare provider, parent and student.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications have different requirements. Refer to the annual Health Services Information Letter.
It is the parent or legal guardian’s responsibility to keep the student’s health and contact information (telephone numbers, address, etc.) updated.
By working together, we can strive to ensure the health and well-being of every student so that he/she can benefit from the education program.
Is My Child Too Sick For School?
IF YOUR STUDENT HAS A TEMP OF 100.4 OR MORE, FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS REQUIRES THAT THEY STAY HOME AND CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL ONLY WHEN THEY ARE FEVER FREE WITHOUT THE AID OF MEDICATION FOR 24 HOURS.
To help you decide when to keep your child home please see resources to the right for a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta flyer that covers common childhood illnesses.
Please note: A note from your doctor may be requested by the school before your child can return.
DHS Parent Resources
Health Care Plans
Medical Authorization Forms
Student Accident Insurance Info
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM FCS:
LETTER TO PARENTS REGARDING THE USE & ABUSE OF VAPING/E-CIGARETTES
Letters were sent to FCS middle school families regarding some additional steps FCS is taking to reduce the use and abuse of vapes/e-cigarettes on our school campuses. Our school leadership teams have become increasingly concerned with the number of students using these devices at school. Please read the entire letter HERE.
Medication Authorization Information
AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION INFORMATION (SHS-1 Form)
If your child needs medication it is better to give it at home, but if it must be given during the school day you must fill out an Authorization to Administer Medication SHS-1 form. If it is a non-prescription medication the parent’s signature is required. A doctor’s signature is required in addition to the parent’s signature for a prescription medication. All medications must be in the original container and the directions for administering them must match the directions on the authorization form. This form is available at the school or you may print it from the Health Forms link on the right side of this page.
AUTHORIZATION TO CARRY MEDICATION INFORMATION (SHS-2 Form)
If your child needs to carry an inhaler, epi-pen, insulin, or other approved medication you need to fill out an Authorization to Carry Medication Form SHS-2. This form must be signed by the parent, the doctor, and the student. All medications must be in the original container and the directions for administering them must match the directions on the authorization form. This form is available at the school or you may print it from the Health Forms link on the right side of this page.
If parental permission is provided to the school clinic in advance via the Authorization to Carry Medication Form SHS-2 and the medications are in their original labeled containers, the following medications may be carried by middle school students: Acetaminophen, antacids, aspirin, cough or throat lozenges, ibuprofen, Midol, and Oral Antihistamines. Students who bring a completed SHS-2 form signed by a parent/guardian to the clinic will be given a Medication sticker for their agendas. Students may carry only medications for which SHS-2 forms are on file. Those medications must be in their original labeled containers. This form is available at the school or you may print it from the Health Forms link on the right side of this page.
PLEASE REMEMBER: ALL MEDICATIONS (PRESCRIPTION AND OVER-THE-COUNTER) MUST BE IN THEIR ORIGINAL LABELLED CONTAINERS.