The Danville Independent 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:
KRS 214. 034 requires any child enrolled as a regular attendee in all public or private primary or secondary schools, and preschool programs shall have a current immunization certificate and be on file within two weeks of the child’s attendance. Information including school immunization legislation and regulations, school immunization schedules, school immunization reporting forms and requirements can be found at the Kentucky Immunization Program Web site.
Preventative Health Care Examination Form
702 KAR 1:160 requires each child first entering a Kentucky public school or entering Grade 6 to present a Kentucky Preventative Health Care Examination Form. This exam may be completed up to one year prior to initial entry.
Vision Exam Form
KRS 156.160 (1)(i) requires proof of a vision examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. This evidence shall be submitted to the school no later than January 1 of the first year that a three (3), four (4), five (5) or six (6) year old is enrolled in public school, public preschool, or Head Start program.
Dental Screening/Exam Form
Kentucky law in KRS 156.160 (j) requires proof of a dental screening or examination by a dentist, dental hygienist, physician, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant to be presented to the school no later than January 1 of the first year that a five (5) or six (6) year old child is enrolled in public school.
All schools in Kentucky are required to offer health screenings for students at school. These screenings are voluntary to the parents/guardians will be provided an opportunity for their child to participate in the following screenings:
Height and Weight Screening
Medication Authorization and Distribution:
The use and distribution of medication, both prescription and non-prescription is regulated by board policy and procedure. The Danville Independent 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.
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 (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.
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.
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