Our Lady of Mount Carmel School’s clinic is staffed by a full time RN. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health, please feel free to call, email or stop by the clinic during regular school hours.
Emergency Contact Information/Health Update
At the start of each school year, an Emergency Card will be sent home for each child. Please provide us with updated phone numbers, as well as the phone number(s) of someone who can pick up your child in an emergency, if we are unable to reach you. Please indicate on the form if your child has any allergies or chronic or recent medical conditions that we should be aware of.
Health Requirements for Entering School
Every student must have a recent physical on the Virginia State School Entrance Health Form, including an up to date complete Immunization Record. Immunization records must be completed prior to starting school, unless your child has a notarized VA Religious Exemption Form on file. The physical must have been done within 12 months of starting school in Virginia. Children, who had physical done for Pre-School, will need a new physical done for entrance into Kindergarten. Minimum Immunization Requirements for School available on the website. Forms are also available from the school office and clinic. This information should be updated throughout the year as needed.
Important: Tdap (DPT booster shot) is required for entrance into 6th grade, as well as for all new 7th and 8th graders. Students may not start school without this shot. Immunizations are available through your local health department.
Does your child need to take medication at school?
- Whenever possible, medication should be given at home before or after school. Please see OLMC School Medication Guidelines for Parents.
- All medication, both prescription and non-prescription, that must be taken at school requires both doctor orders and parent permission, and must be renewed every year.
- Medication must be brought to school by a parent or adult. Students may not transport medication to school. Medication must be in its original prescription bottle or sealed box.
- Please fill out the Request for Medication Administration/MD Order Forms. They are also available from the school office and clinic.
- If your child gets sick during the year and needs to take short term medication, such as an antibiotic for a week, please make sure that the doctor writes specific orders for school.
Does your child have asthma and require an inhaler for school?
We do not encourage young children to carry inhalers, and prefer to keep medication readily available in the school clinic. Inhalers will be sent on field trips with your child’s teacher.
- However, if your child is in 5th – 8th grade, and is likely to participate in middle school sports or other after school activities, please talk with your doctor regarding inhaler use. Students with both Doctor’s orders and Parent permission, may carry and use their inhaler on their own during school hours and during after school activities. You may also want to keep a back-up inhaler in the clinic. Doctor’s orders to carry inhalers must be renewed every year.
- If your child needs an inhaler, please have your doctor complete an Asthma Action Plan/MD Order Form.
Does your child have severe allergies, such as peanuts?
Parents of students with severe allergies (Allergy Policy) are strongly encouraged to provide their own snacks for snack time or special parties – to be stored in the classroom. Allergy information will be shared with teachers, specialty teachers, staff and class parents, as appropriate. If your child may require an EPI-PEN, please have your doctor complete a Life Threatening Allergy Management Plan/MD Order Form.
Is your child too sick for school?
- Students should be fever free (temp below 100.0) for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school.
- Vomiting and Diarrhea – students should not return to school until they have not vomited or had diarrhea for approximately 24 hours and are able to tolerate a regular diet.
- Bacterial infections (such as strep) – student may return to school after they have been on an antibiotic for 24 hours or have a note from their doctor stating that they may return to school.
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye) – students should not be in school if a discharge is present and should be on medication before returning.
Vision and hearing screening are done at various times during the school year. Kindergarten and new students without documentation on a recent physical will be screened. Screening is generally done on all 3rd and 7th grade students, but is also available for other students. If you have any questions regarding screening, please contact the school nurse.