Health & Medical Services
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Health services in Ridley School District are performed by a team consisting of a Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified School Nurses, Registered Nurses, a Dental Hygienist, and Clerical Assistants. Full time services are available at Ridley High School, Ridley Middle School and in the elementary schools. Part time nursing services are available in the local parochial schools.
First aid and emergency care tor illnesses and injuries are provided in case of accident or illness during the school day. Parents should consult their family physician for care of symptoms that occur outside of school hours. It is not always possible for the School Nurse to evaluate situations that should be handled from home.
Please notify the school if your child is being treated for any condition, which is considered to be contagious. Your child will be readmitted to school after consultation with the school nurse and may require a certificate of readmission from a physician.
Children should not be sent to school sick. Children must be fever free for 24 hours and able to eat their normal diet for 2-3 meals before returning. Children must also be free of contagious illness or under proper treatment as determined by the school nurse in consultation with the parent and physician.
Students who miss three days or more of school may be required to have a note from the physician stating the reason for absence and approval to return to school. ·
If you find it necessary to send medication to school with your child, please notify the school nurse. Students will not be permitted to take medication in school unless the proper authorization has been provided by the parent and medical provider. Forms are available from the school nurse for this purpose.
Should your child have a special medical condition, please indicate that by writing or phoning the school nurse. It is important that this information be made available so that proper assistance can be given in the event of emergency. This includes listing any medications that your child- takes at home on a regular basis. Information, which may affect the student in the classroom, is shared with appropriate faculty members; otherwise, it is kept strictly confidential.
Whenever there is any question regarding your child's health, your cooperation in communicating that to the school through the School Nurse is appreciated.
Christina E. Nester, MSN, CRNP
Director of Medical and School Health Services
**'*SPECIFIC MEDICAL INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED WITH SCHOOL PERSONNEL WHO HAVE CONTACT WITH YOUR CHILD IF IT IS DEEMED NECESSARY FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILD OR IF A MEDICAL CONDITION IMPACTS YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION.'***