Health Services
Laura Miller, RN
nurse for RHS feeder schools
 

General Guidelines:
Students frequently need to take medications to combat episodic/short-term or chronic illnesses/diseases. In such instances, Washington strongly recommends that students requiring medication therapy have their medication applications scheduled before and after school. Such a schedule keeps the medications at home and in full control of the student’s parents/guardians.

 In recognition of the fact that some students will be nevertheless required to take medications during school hours, Washington has established the following policies governing the distribution of medications at school. 

  • All medications must be stored in the office.
  • Prescription medications must be in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician and accompanied with the School Medication Authorization Form that was completed by the parent and physician. It is the student's responsibility to come to the office at the appropriate times for medication. 
  • A new supply of medicine and a new authorization form (prescription and/or over-the-counter) will be required each school year. 
  • Students may bring over-the-counter medication in the original container (ex. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Midol, etc.) with a completed and signed parental authorization form. 
*** The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be responsible at the end of the treatment regime/school year for removing from the school any unused medication which was prescribed for their child. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) do not pick up the medication by the end of the school year, the school will discard the medication
 
 
OTC Medication
 
In order for staff to give a student over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, cough drops or eye drops, the  OTC medication authorization form must be filled out and turned in to the office with the medication. Click on OTC to open the document. These forms are also available in the office.
 
A separate form is used for prescription medication. You may click here or it can be found on the district website.
 
For inhalers ONLY, a copy of the Rx label substitutes for the health care provider signature.  Students may carry inhalers with parent and school nurse approval; we do request that an extra inhaler be kept in the school office.
 
EpiPens may only be carried upon written health care provider approval on the Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization form.
 
A new Diabetes Medical Management Plan is required each school year. 
  
Vaccine Requirement Change for 2014-2015 School Year
 
Beginning Fall of 2013, all students entering, transferring, or advancing into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will be required to show proof of receipt of one dose of Tdap vaccine (containing tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7years or older. Most students may have already received the vaccine and simply need to provide the school with verifying documentation from the health care provider.
 
Physical Exam and Immunization Requirement for Fall 2014
 
Physical exams and up-to-date immunizations (including Tdap) are required for students entering 6th and 9th grade. The exam must be dated within the prior year - 8/19/2013 or later. The health history and parent signature are required portions of the physical exam paper. These are required by October 15th, 2014 or your child will be excluded from school until the requirement is met. Exams can be scheduled with the student's health care provider.  Immunizations are available at the Peoria Health Department. Click HERE for a copy of the School Exam form.
**Please note** that the IESA/IHSA sport physical exam form DOES NOT meet the requirement for the school exam.
 
5th graders are required to present proof of 3 Hepatitis B vaccine doses by October 15, 2014, or they will be excluded from school until the requirement is met. This vaccine is usually given in infancy and may already be on file from their Kindergarten immunization record.
 
Eye Examination: All transfer students enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time from home school, out-of-state, or out-of-country are required to submit proof of eye exam. The eye exam must be performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, and must be completed within the past school year (dated 8/19/2013 or later).

 
 
Dental Requirements
 
All students in 6th grade must present proof of having been examined by a licensed dentist before May 15th of the current school year. Exams may be dated within the 18 months prior to the due date (11/15/2013 or later) and is due by May 15, 2015.
Exams are also available at the Peoria City/County Health Department Dental Clinic for those students covered by a Medicaid / All Kids card, or for $30 cash (income guidelines apply).  Parents should call 679-6141 for an appointment


 
 
Sports Physicals
 
Sport physicals are required every 12 months for students who practice, try out and participate in sports. Completion of contact information and health history with student/parent signature is required.  Parents are to complete all contact information and health history with athlete and parent signatures prior to submission to the school office.
The health care provider may indicate approval for sports on the "School Exam" form.
 The IESA / IHSA form is NOT accepted as “school” exam. 
 
 
Please contact me via the school office regarding your child's health concerns, or any questions regarding health record requirements or school health services.