HEALTH SERVICES AND REQUIREMENTS

The Danville Schools are governed by Kentucky law and administrative regulations in regards to health services and requirements for students and schools. The following information outlines the Board of Education policies and procedures as it relates to these requirements.

Health Requirements for Students

  • Immunization Certificate - All students are required to maintain a valid immunization certificate on file with their school at all times. When an immunization certificate is not valid, it is the responsibility of the parent to immediately secure a valid certificate in which could include additional immunizations as required by Kentucky law.
  • School Physical – All students are required to maintain a current school physical on file with their school. Students are required to get a school physical on initial enrollment in a Kentucky school also at the sixth grade. Normally, Kindergarten is the initial enrollment year but if a student enrolls at a different grade level for the first time, they are required to get an initial school physical. Sports physicals are required annually to participate in sports.
  • Eye Exam – All students are required to have an eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist at initial enrollment in aKentucky school. Normally, Kindergarten is the initial enrollment year but if a student enrolls at a different grade level for the first time, they are required to get an initial eye exam.
  • Dental Screening- All students are required to have a dental screening before entering Kindergarten.

Health Screenings

All schools in Kentucky are required to offer health screenings for students at school. These screenings are voluntary and the parents / guardian will be provided an opportunity for their child to participate in the following screenings.

  • Vision Screening – Vision screening is offered at grades K-5.
  • Hearing Screening – Hearing screening is offered at grades K-5.
  • Height and Weight Screening – Height and weight screening is offered at grades K-12.

Medication Authorization and Distribution

The use and distribution of medication, both prescription and non-prescription is regulated by board policy and procedure. The Danville Schools understand that some students must take medication at school thus we have specific requirements for the use and distribution of medication. The following outlines these requirements but a more detailed description is available at each school. NOTE: All medications must be brought to school by a parent/guardian to insure the medication is properly given to school personnel and logged.

Prescription Medications

Parents/guardians and health care providers shall complete the required forms before any person administers prescription medication to a student or before a student self-medicates. The form shall include the following information: student’s name, physician’s name of physician/health care provider, address, and phone number, type of medicine, dosage, time of day for dosage, reason medication is to be administered, possible reactions or side effects of medicine, release from liability, and parent/guardian’s telephone numbers at home and work, as well as an emergency contact and numbers, as appropriate. The medication must be in the original prescription container.

Prescription medications shall be administered only as prescribed on the physician/health care provider’s written authorization. The parent/guardian shall have the ultimate responsibility to provide the school with an adequate supply of medication to enable the orders to be followed.

Changes in dosage and/or times of administration must be received in the form of a written order from the physician/health care provider OR a new prescription bottle from the pharmacy indicating the change and a note from the student’s parent/guardian.

Non-Prescription Medications

Non-Prescription (over-the-counter) medications may be accepted on an individual basis as provided by the parent or legal guardian when a completed authorization to give medication form is on file. The medication should be in the original container, dated upon receipt, and given no more than three (3) consecutive days without an order from the physician/health care provider.

Student Self-Medication

Students may be authorized to carry on their person and independently take their own medication (prescription or nonprescription), provided the parent/guardian has written approval on file with school personnel. Such approval shall assure school personnel that the child has been properly instructed in self-administering the medication. If prescription medication is involved, written authorization of the student’s physician/health care provider also is required.

Medication Refusal

If a child refuses to take medication or is uncooperative during medication administration, the parent/guardian will be contacted and medication administration may be omitted. If necessary, a conference may be scheduled with the parent/guardian to resolve the conflict