Information from School Nurse

Meet Your Nurse
My name is Becky Rawlings and I am the Bosse High School Nurse. My office hours are 8:00-1:00 Monday through Friday each school day. Students who wish to see the nurse must have a nurse referral form signed from the classroom teacher except in cases of emergency.

Please call me if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s health. My office number is: (812) 474-6938. If you call the main office my extension is 26938. Click here for my e-mail.

As the school nurse I coordinate with the staff and faculty to make sure your student is prepared physically and emotionally for their learning experiences each day. I provide first aid for injuries, assess students with illnesses, and assist students to learn about solutions to their health concerns. I also perform health screening including hearing screening for all 10th graders.

Communicable Diseases
Below is a list of the common communicable diseases we keep track of in the nurse’s office. If your student has been diagnosed with any of these conditions, please make sure I am aware so we can take the appropriate precautions necessary.

Chicken Pox, Pink eye, Fifth Disease, Impetigo, Infectious Mononucleosis, Head Lice, Pneumonia, Scabies, Streptococcal infections (scarlet fever and strep throat), Ringworm of body or scalp, severe diarrhea or vomiting, or Staph infections (especially Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA).

Doctor Appointments
When a student has a doctor or dental appointment during the school day, they need to bring a note from their parent or guardian to the attendance office before school. They will be given an appointment slip that enables the student to leave their classes at the right time and to use their doctor slip as a hall pass. A student is not permitted to leave school for a medical appointment without first having contacted the attendance secretary. Feel free to call the attendance office with questions and/or concerns. Terri Roehm 477-1755 or extension 21755.

Please remember to bring a note back to the attendance office from the doctor so the student will be excused for the time missed during the appointment. If the student has restricted activity (such as no PE, no sports, or may carry water bottle to class) the attendance office will make sure it is given to the appropriate departments.

Illnesses
Please do not send your student to school if he/she has had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea through the night. However, it is important that a parent notify the attendance office so we can keep accurate records and know that our students are safe and accounted for.

If your child is ill with a fever (above 100 degrees) you should keep them home until fever-free for 24 hours (without the aid of fever reducing medication)

If your child is ill with vomiting and/or severe diarrhea you should keep them home until no vomiting or severe diarrhea occurs for 24 hours.

The school nurse will excuse and exclude from school students who display the following:

* symptoms of a communicable disease
* symptoms of an illness which causes inability to function in the classroom
* injuries that have occurred at school and/or needs immediate medical attention
* fever of 100 degrees or above
* vomiting or severe diarrhea

If a student does not meet the above criteria and requests to be sent home, the student's parent or guardian will be notified by the nurse that the absence is classified as a sick day and will not be exempt.

Medical Concerns
If your student has any medical concerns which need to be communicated to the staff or faculty please make sure they are written on your emergency cards. If your student has asthma, diabetes, seizures, hemophilia, allergies requiring medical attention or a restricted diet, you will receive a care plan that will need to be filled out by your child’s doctor and returned to the nurse as soon as possible.

The asthma care plan must be returned to school to allow patients with asthma to carry asthma medication at school.

Medications
Students who need to take any type of medication during the day must have the medication kept in and dispensed from the nurse's office. The medication must be in the original container and be accompanied by a note to cover the nurse for the first day until we can send you a medication authorization form to fill out and sign. In your note, please write the name of the medication, instructions for when you want the medication administered, how much you want given along with your signature and the date. Upon arrival to school your student will need to give the medication and the note to the nurse or to the office if the nurse is not there. The parent/guardian shall accept the legal responsibility for the safe arrival of his/her child’s medication to and from the child’s school. If the student is responsible to bring the medication to and from school please initial the form where indicated.

Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine
Indiana Code requires that information regarding Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine be made available to all Indiana students/parents at the beginning of each school year. This information can be found online at EVSC Health & Wellness. Click on the “Meningococcal Disease Information” link at the bottom of the webpage. If you do not have Internet access, and you wish to read this information, you may contact your school nurse for a paper flyer containing the information.

Physicals
It is highly recommended that all ninth graders and newly enrolled students have a school physical. The forms are available in the nurse's and athletic office. If the student plans to participate in sports the physical exam has to be given after April 1st in order to comply with the IHSAA guidelines. Both the standard EVSC school physical form and the sport physical form should be taken to the student's doctor to be completed at the time of the physical.