Health Room Policies
NEW for 2020-2021: An appointment must be made with the school nurse if you need to bring medicine for your child to take during the regular school day. Please contact our Registered School Nurse Karen Cousins by email at email@example.com or call (803) 821-2800 to arrange a time to meet with her for this purpose.
Please do your part to keep us all safe & healthy. If your child is NOT feeling well or has any type of health complaints PLEASE keep him/her home to monitor his/her symptoms and call your doctor for testing or treatment recommendations. There are a wide variety of symptoms that could potentially be coronavirus symptoms. Please read this information from DHEC regarding the schools' management of COVID-19.
Pleasant Hill Elementary is staffed by Karen Cousins, a full-time registered nurse, and a full-time health room assistant Lynn Clamp. Our school nurse coordinates our health program including visual and hearing screenings, child welfare and acts as a liaison between school personnel and community organizations.
We ask that you keep your child at home if he/she is not feeling well or has any type of illness complaint due to COVID-19 concerns. Please read the latest information from SC DHEC for schools here.
- A sick child does not perform well in class and may expose his/her classmates to childhood diseases.
- If your child develops stomach virus symptoms, please keep them home until they are 24 hours symptom-free.
- Lexington County School District One fever policy states that a child may not attend school with a temperature of 100 degrees or more. Your child may not attend school if he/she has had a temperature of 100 degrees within the last 24 hours, even if your child is on antibiotics or antiviral medicine.
- Your child may return to school when his/her temperature has been less than 100 degrees for a full 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- If your child develops a fever at school, you or a designated adult will be required to pick him/her up.
Please make sure that our school nurse is aware of any medical condition (including allergies) that your child has. Please contact Karen Cousins, RN, our school nurse, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 821-2800 discuss medical conditions or to make an appointment with her for this purpose.
Parents are asked to follow certain procedures if medication needs to be given at school:
- Parents must deliver medicine to the school nurse, and the parents must pick up medication from the school nurse. Please contact Karen Cousins, RN, our school nurse, by email at email@example.com or call (803) 821-2800 to arrange a time to meet with her for medication dropoff or pickup. Students are not allowed to transport medicine to and from school. Medicine cannot be transported on school buses or daycare vehicles.
- Prescription medicine should be given to the school nurse by a parent in a properly named and labeled container from the pharmacy. A district-wide consent form must be signed by the prescribing physician and the parent. A copy of the Permission for School Administration of Non-Prescription and Prescription Medication form may be found on our site under the School Nurse tab.
- Over-the-counter medications may be given to a student by the school’s nurse if the medication is supplied from home. A district-wide consent form must be signed by the parent prior. A copy of the Permission for School Administration of Non-Prescription and Prescription Medication form may be found on our site under the School Nurse tab. The health room does not have over-the-counter medications. They must be provided by the parent and a proper consent form completed. All medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, must be kept by the school nurse and not by the child.
If a child becomes ill at school or if an injury occurs that needs medical attention by a physician, a parent will be contacted and will be responsible for taking the child home. An “Emergency Information Form” must be filled out completely. These forms are provided on our online registration program. This is the form that the nurse refers to in case an emergency situation occurs at school.