Student Coordinated Health Services

  • Health Room: A school health room is maintained for students who become ill or injured during school hours. Minor cuts and scratches are washed with antibacterial soap and covered with an adhesive strip. Whenever a student sustains an injury that needs parental or professional attention, has a temperature, or vomits, parents/guardians will be notified immediately to come and pick up the student. Children who are ill should not be in school, not only for their own health but to prevent contamination of other boys and girls. Students with head lice will be sent home. They may not return until they are rechecked and cleared by a school-staff member.

    Illness:

    1. Keep your child at home when showing symptoms of any communicable disease or other signs of illness.
    2. If your child becomes ill at school and you cannot be reached, the child will remain in the clinic until you come. Please have an updated emergency number on file.
    3. Please contact the school to report your child's absence on the same day or within 48 hours.

    Medical Examination: All students entering Broward County Public Schools for the first time must have a medical examination performed within one year of registration. The medical examination should be documented on the Florida Department of Health Form 3040 or on the provider’s office/medical facility stationary. The appropriate form/stationary should be completed, signed and dated by the healthcare provider.

    Communicable Diseases/Illnesses: Please inform the school if your child is out sick with a diagnosed communicable illness such as meningitis, measles, salmonella, etc.

    Chronic Health Conditions: If your child has any of the following health conditions, including, but not limited to, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, seizures, allergic reactions to food, insect bites, etc., please inform the school.

    Medication Administration at School (Prescription or Over-the-Counter):

    • If your child needs to take over-the-counter or prescribed medication at school or on a field trip, an Authorization for Medication/Treatment form must be completed and signed by the healthcare provider and parent.
    • Parents must transport/deliver ALL medications to school staff in the original, labeled container (unless your child is authorized to carry their medication per the Authorization for Medication/Treatment Form).

    Authorization for Over-the-Counter Topical Products with Parental Approval Only:

    • Students in all grade levels are permitted to self-carry and self-administer bug, insect, mosquito repellent (wipes, towelettes or lotions only) and sunscreen (no aerosol products permitted).
    • An Authorization for Over-the-Counter Topical Products with Parental Approval Only form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian

    Immunizations (Please refer to F.S. 1003.22):

    • Make sure your child’s required immunizations are up-to-date. If you are not sure, you can check with your healthcare provider or the Florida Department of Health – Broward at (954) 467-4700
    • Parents may obtain medical or religious exemptions from their healthcare provider or from the Florida Department of Health-Broward.

    Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program:

    • The Florida Heiken Vision Program provides vision examinations and eyeglasses when prescribed, to students in need of comprehensive vision services at no cost to the family.
    • Eligible students for the program must meet the criteria of Free and Reduced Lunch Program and have failed the vision screening.
    • If your child meets the above criteria and you would like your child to participate in the program, please call the main office for a consent form.

    School Health Centers, Community Resources, Immunizations and Health Care:

    • Information is available on Broward County Public Schools website at http://www.browardhealthservices.com/resources/.
    • If you do not have insurance, you can request an application for Florida KidCare Insurance at your child’s school or visit Click Here

     

    Parents should:

    • Document any chronic health condition on the Student Emergency Contact Card.
    • Meet with school administration to discuss proper care of your child while at school.
    • If your child is on medication, provide the school with a current Medication Authorization Form signed by the healthcare provider and parent.
    • Keep your child home if he/she has:
      • flu-like symptoms,
      • fever greater than 100.4 degrees,
      • sore throat, coughs, chills, and/or body aches,
      • or rashes, yellow eye drainage, or greenish-yellowish phlegm from a cough or cold, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.