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.
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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.
We need your help again this year to make your child's visits to the clinic safe and organized. The clinic will be staffed to meet your child's medical needs Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Sharon Miller is our clinic assistant. Please feel free to visit or call her at (470)254-8391 during these hours.
If medication must be taken by your child while at school or on a field trip, we will need your assistance and cooperation with the procedures below. All forms are to be turned into the clinic.
The parent/legal guardian and physician must complete an authorization form entitled “Authorization to Give Medication at School”. Please use one form per medication to be given. The medications must be in their original container. The prescription label’s directions must match the directions on the authorization form.
Should you want your child to carry a prescription inhaler, Epi-pen or insulin, please fill out the form entitled “Authorization for Students to Carry a Prescription Inhaler, Epi-pen, Insulin, or Other Approved Medication”. This form also requires a physician signature.
The following medications are Fulton County approved non-prescription medications that may be carried by the student with the signed authorization form: acetaminophen (ex: Tylenol), antacids, aspirin, cough or throat lozenges, ibuprofen (ex: Advil or Motrin), Midol and oral antihistamines.
A parent/legal guardian must complete an authorization form entitled “Authorization for Students to Carry a Prescription Inhaler, Epi-pen, Insulin, or Other Approved Medication”. Please use one form per medication to be taken. The medication must be in the original container. Also, please do not send your student with large quantities of the medication that they will be keeping.
If you would like your child to have a non-prescription medication, and would like the clinic assistant to be the one administering this medication, please fill out the form entitled “Authorization to Give Medication at School”. Please use one form per medication to be given. The medication must be in the original container.
If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please call Ms. Miller in the clinic at 470-254-8391.
When should the parent be called to come and pick up the student? Or when should the student be kept at home due to illness? While each situation is individualized, the well-being of the student and the entire class are considered. Here are some general guidelines recommended by Children’ Healthcare of Atlanta that are used:
Clinic Assistant: Sharon Miller
Cluster Nurse: Tamara Shellington
Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM
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