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SMITH STEM SCHOOL

64 St. James St.
West Hartford, CT 06119
Phone: 860-236-3315
Fax: 860-236-3342

Teresa Giolito, Principal 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I send my child to school with medicine for the nurse to give?

According to State of CT regulations, no medication may be administered at school without the written order of an authorized prescriber and the written authorization of the student’s parent or guardian. West Hartford requires that medication be in a properly labeled container. The medication must be delivered to the nurse or principal by a responsible adult. CHILDREN MAY NOT BRING MEDICATION TO SCHOOL.

Click here to view and print out a copy of the Authorization for Administration of Medication by School Personnel Form to be completed by the prescribing health care provider and signed by the parent.

 

What health information is needed for my child to enter school?

Children entering the West Hartford School system must have a Blue State of CT Health Assessment Record (CHR) before the child can begin school. The parent must complete and sign the front of the form. The health care provider completes the back of the form. To be considered complete, the physical exam on record must be within 1 year of the start of the school year, include all starred (*) items and up-to-date immunizations.

 

Children in the pre-school program should provide the school nurse with a yearly update of the child’s well child visit on the blue form.

 

Children in Kindergarten, grades 3, 6, and 10 should have an updated CT Health Assessment Record on file with the school nurse.

 

My child is not feeling well. Should I keep him/her home?

Regular school attendance is necessary for optimal learning. However, a mere presence at school does not ensure effective learning. A child must be feeling well in order to maximize the learning experience.  In addition, a child who is sick and comes to school may help spread the illness to other students and staff. It is recommended that a child remain home if any of the following conditions are present.

 

1. Temperature of 100 degrees or higher.

 

2. The need for medication i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve or other acetominophen, aspirin or NSAID to keep the temperature below 100 degrees.

 

3. Vomiting and/or diarrhea with a loss of appetite and/or fever.

 

4. A rash that is itchy and spreading and of unknown causes. The child may return to school after an evaluation by the health care provider.

 

5. Acute pain that requires narcotic medication for relief.

 

Handwashing

 

What is the right way to wash your hands? 

  • Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water  are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

 

 

WHPS Nursing Services website

Immunizations

Please click the link below  for updated State of CT Immunizations required for entry into school

 

Immunizations

 

Immunization Medical Exemption 

 

Immunization Religions Exemption

 

Please be advised, your child will not be allowed to start school without documentation of required immunizations presented to nurse’s office.

Medical Forms

Physicals

In accordance with Connecticut State Law and Town of West Hartford policy, a health assessment is required prior to public school enrollment and in grades 3,6, and 10.  A physical examination includes height, weight and blood pressure; hematocrit/hemoglobin lab studies; vision, hearing, speech and gross dental screenings; updating of immunizations and chronic disease assessment.  The health assessment information must be on the blue State of Connecticut Department of Health Assessment Record (form HAR-3).   Please be advised, your child will not be allowed to start seventh grade until a completed physical examination done in either 5th or 6th grade is presented to the nurse’s office.

*Click here for blue State of Connecticut Health Assessment Record Form

School Policies

Medical Alert Notification

In order to best meet your child’s health and educational needs in school please inform the school nurse of any health related issues or any current medications.  The school staff working with your child will be notified in a confidential manner and adequate allowances will be made.

It is very important that the school be notified of any change in emergency numbers.

 

Medication Administration in School                       

Every effort should be made to have any medications given at home.  If this is not possible, remember that ALL medications, including non-prescription medications (Tylenol and Advil), require written authorization from a doctor and parent.  State law and regulations pertaining to administration of medications in school requires an Authorization Of  Medication By School Personnel form to be completed by a doctor, dentist, or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. The form must also be signed by a parent/guardian. Medication must be brought to the nurse in the original labeled container with no more than a 45 day supply.  Middle School students may carry their own asthma inhalers with the completed Authorization for Self Administration portion of the form. 

 

*Click here for the Authorization of Medication by School Personnel form

Students with mild sore throats and/or coughs are allowed to carry and use throat lozenges while in school with a written note from the parent/guardian.

 

Ill Child Policy

Regular school attendance is necessary for optimal learning. However, a mere presence at school does not ensure effective learning. A child must be feeling well in order to maximize the learning experience. In addition, a child who is sick and comes to school may spread the illness to other students and staff. It is recommended that a child remain home if any of the following conditions are present:

  • Fever.  The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100 degrees.  The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).
  • Diarrhea/Vomiting.  A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Conjunctivitis.  Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.
  • Rashes.  Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages.  A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child’s return to school.
  • Colds.  Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiences excessive nose blowing and coughing.

A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.   When a child returns to school, he/she should be able to participate in all school activities including physical education.  Remember, it is an extremely long day for a child who is sent to school ill.  Not only is it difficult to concentrate and learn if repeatedly coughing or blowing your nose, but also it creates disruption in the classroom and affects the concentration and learning of your child’s classmates.  Thank you for helping make Bristow a healthy place to learn.

Upcoming Events

  • December 2018
    • MonDec17 Cocoa and Caroling 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • TueDec18 Last Day for Stop Motion Animation and Puttin' on a Show STEAM PM
    • ThuDec20 Last Day for Kids on Stage and Robotics and Engineering STEAM PM
  • January 2019
    • ThuJan17 PTO meeting/Library 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • ThuJan31 STEM/Take Apart/Lego Night (Snow Date 2/7) 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • February 2019
    • ThuFeb28 Family Literacy Night 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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