School Health Services
Health Services at Charlottesville High School
Some special considerations apply to health services delivered at the high school because the students are nearing the age of majority and are preparing for life after high school. This page provides information about:
- Taking Medications
- Notifying school personnel of chronic and new medical conditions
- Returning to school after a medical absence
NOTE: If at all possible, students do better when taking medications at home. For example, medications that need to be taken 3 times a day can be timed so that the student takes a dose before the school day, one after school, and one dose at bedtime.
Taking Medications at School
If the student's medication schedule means he/she must take a dose at school, or if medication needs to be available on an as-needed basis, students can safely store and take their medications in the nurse's office. To do so, the following requirements must be in place:
- a signed permission form
- health care provider's consent
- doses of medication brought in
- in a pharmacy bottle with correct prescription and student's name on the front OR
- a small, unopened bottle of an over-the-counter medication
Exceptions to the "no carry" Rule
Students at the high school may not carry medications or self-administer anything during the school day. Exceptions to this rule are:
- inhalers for students with asthma*
- benadryl and epipen for students with severe food or insect allergies*
- glucagon and other supplies for students with diabetes*
- throat lozenges and cough drops
*need signed permission from health provider to carry these medications
Notifying School of Chronic or New Health Conditions
Please let school nurses know every year about chronic health conditions that may affect your child at school, either by marking the back of the registration form at the beginning of the school year or by calling or emailing the nurse's office anytime. Even if you have let the school system know in previous years, please update your child's information each year, since things can change. Maintaining confidentiality is important to us and health information is only shared with school nurses and those faculty responsible for the student's safety in class. If you are willling to allow school nurses to give and receive information directly from your health provider, please complete a release of information form, which can be downloaded and printed out from this site.
It is so important for school personnel to have a signed, updated registration card on file each year for every student that, without it, the student may be ineligible to purchase dance tickets or participate in field trips.
A signed registration form gives:
- school personnel legal permission to take action on behalf of the student in cases of emergency, even before a parent can be reached
- information about health conditions, insurance, and hospital of preference, to help the school make appropriate decisions regarding care
- up-to-date parent phone numbers and emergency contacts so that the school can notify parents as soon as possible in case of emergency.
Returning after a Medical Absence
If a child has missed school due to a medical issue, it is always helpful to have a note from a parent or health provider describing the reason for the absence. Student confiidentiality will be respected, and information will only be shared with involved staff, at the discretion of child and parent.
When a child is transitioning back to school after an illness, please keep in mind building features that may have an impact:
- significant walking distances between some classes
- walking to class may necessitate going outdoors
- many sets of stairs throughout the school
- elevator is available but its use requires a special pass from school nurse or administrator
NOTE: If a student requires any special adaptation in school ( for example: non-participation in PE class, need to use the elevator, or frequent need to use the rest room) the nurse's office must have a note or prescription from a health care provider describing what is needed and for how many days.
See also: When a Student is Sick