Important Health Information for Parents & Students:

Affordable Health Insurance (Florida KidCare)

Florida KidCare is a state-managed program that provides affordable health insurance for children from birth to age 18.  Costs are determined by parent income and can be as low as $15.00 per month.

For more information, visit http://www.floridakidcare.org or call 1-888-540-5437.

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Immunization and School Entry Requirements (District Procedure)

A physical exam dated within 12 months prior to registration is required of all students K-12 except those transferring from any Florida public or private school. This must be done and signed by a physician, PA, ARNP or chiropractor.

Prior to entry, attendance or transfer to Florida schools (kindergarten through 12th grade), each child shall have on file a Florida Certification of Immunization, DH 680

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Exemptions:

There are two types of exemptions for the immunization requirement: MEDICAL and RELIGIOUS. Exemptions will be granted for the following reasons:

  1. The parent of the child states that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with his or her religious tenets or practices. This exemption must be granted by the Department of Health. The parent must call the Lee County Health Department to make an appointment for obtaining the religious exemption.
  2. A licensed physician certifies in writing, on a form provided by the Department of Health, that the child should be permanently exempt from the required immunization(s) for medical reasons.
  3. A licensed physician certifies in writing, on a form provided by the Department of Health, that the child is in the process of obtaining the required immunizations.
  4. The Department of Health determines that, according to recognized standards of medical practice, any required immunization is unnecessary or hazardous.

In the event of a communicable disease emergency, school health and immunization records of non-immunized students will be made available to the Lee County Health Department Director. Those students identified as not being immunized against the disease for which the emergency has been declared shall be temporarily excluded from school until such time as is specified by the Lee County Health Department Director.

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Medicine in School (District Procedure)

“MY CHILD NEEDS TO TAKE MEDICATION IN SCHOOL.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?”

When a student requires medication to be given during school hours, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. A Parent Permission for Medication, MIS 398 form must be completed for every medication which is to be given. This form, which is obtained from the school clinic, must be current, filled out completely, and signed by a parent or guardian. A written note will be accepted for one day only.
  2. If the prescribed medication is to be taken for longer than 2 weeks, or if the medication is an over-the counter medication such as cough drops, cough syrup or Tylenol, a Physician’s Permission for Medication, MIS 401 form must also be completed. This form must include a valid health reason and must, be fully completed and signed by the prescribing health care provider prior to the administration of the medication by school personnel.
  3. Each prescribed medication must be received in its original container with the student’s name, name of medication, dosage and amount clearly visible on the bottle.
  4. All medication should be brought to the school by the parent or guardian and must be counted at the time of receipt.
  5. An asthmatic student in grades 4-12 may carry a metered dose inhaler on their person when they have written permission from both their parent/guardian and their health care provider. Younger students may be given permission to carry an inhaler when deemed able by the licensed prescriber, parent and school nurse. An Authorization Form, available from the school clinic, must be completed.
  6. A student at risk for life threatening allergic reactions may carry an Epinephrine auto-injector and self-administer while in school, participating in school-sponsored activities, or in transit to or from school or school-sponsored activities if the school has been provided with parental and physician authorization which includes a verification of the student's ability to self-administer the Epinephrine. An Authorization Form, available from the school clinic, must be completed.
  7. All medication remaining at the end of the school year must be either picked up by the parent or destroyed.
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Head Lice Information (District Procedure)

Policy:

Pediculosis (head lice) rarely causes direct harm, are not known to transmit infectious disease, are not contagious and therefore should not be considered a medical or public health program. Head lice are annoying, uncomfortable and socially unacceptable. They may cause itching, irritation and embarrassment.

Head lice are usually transmitted by direct contact with infected person's hair, but may be transferred with shared combs, hats or hair accessories. It is the policy of the School District of Lee County to control the spread of pediculosis among school age children with minimal interruption of the learning process. Screening for pediculosis is necessary only when infestation of live lice or nits are identified on an individual student or at the request of the school principal.

Procedure:

  1. When there is suspicion of infestation on an individual student, he/she should be sent to the Clinic for inspection.
  2. If live lice or nits are found, the child's parents should be notified. The child is not to return to school until the hair is treated and all nits are removed.
  3. A screening of the entire class should be done by the clinic assistant.
  4. Upon returning to school, the student should be go directly to the clinic to be reinspected. He/she will not be allowed to return to the classroom until all live lice and nits have been removed from the hair.
  5. Children should not be over treated with pediculicides. An initial treatment with a pediculicide followed by mechanical removal of all nits is the most effective treatment.

The following links for Pediculosis are to third-party web sites that are neither hosted nor endorsed by the The School District of Lee County.

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