Illness, Injury, and Medications

Children Who Become Sick at School

Children who are sick or slightly injured will be sent to the Front Office. Where staff will take temperatures, apply ice packs and notify parents. If a child is going home because of illness or injury, they will not be returned to class but will remain in the Front Office until picked up by a responsible adult.

If a child has been injured to the point where a parent should be notified, our faculty and staff will implement the following protocols:

Injured but not requiring an accident report, but severe enough to contact parents:

  • Treat child
  • Email family about what has happened and treatment and treatment provided

Injured and requiring a report but not requiring additional care:

  • Treat child
  • Have adult supervising situation complete an accident report
  • Email family about what has happened and the treatment

Injured and requiring a report and requiring additional care:

  • Treat child – or call 911 as the case dictates.
  • Contact family by phone (using emergency card order)
  • Have adult supervising situation complete report
  • Contact both head & assistant head of school.

Illness and Return to School

  • If a student has a fever of over 100 degrees, s/he is sent home and should return to class 24 hours after the fever has broken and without being on any fever-reducing medication.
  • If a student has been diagnosed with strep throat or like disease, s/he may return to school 24 hours after being on an antibiotic.
  • Keep your child home if she/he has vomited or had diarrhea during the night or in the morning.
  • If a student has a rash that may be caused by disease or if the cause is unknown, check with your family physician before sending your student to school
  • Lice and pink eye only require treatment for immediate return to class. Click here for advice on treatment of lice.

If your student is home sick, parents must call school to report the type of illness and reason for absence. This is required in order to minimize the spread of illness within the school.

Parents must notify the school if their child has one of the following but not limited to:

  • Vaccine-preventable diseases such as mumps, measles, chicken pox, etc.;
  • Highly communicable diseases such as strep throat, ring worm, head lice;
  • Significant respiratory distress that makes it difficult for a child to participate in school activities.

Please keep your child home if they exhibit any of the following:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or more during the previous evening or in the morning.
  • Have vomited or had diarrhea during the night or in the morning.
  • Have a rash that may be caused by a disease or if the cause is unknown, check with your family physician before sending the student to school. 

Medications

FSM follows the medication policy of the St. Paul public school district. Prescription and nonprescription medications required by a student should be administered by a parent at home or by the student’s medical provider whenever possible. Parents should make every effort to have medication times set for time periods other than school hours.

When this is not possible, Friends School staff may assist in the administration of medications during school hours, subject to the following guidelines

Written Authorization

Any medication to be administered to students must be accompanied by written authorization. This written authorization is valid for the school year during which it is received, and is kept in the front office.

  • There are two different forms for written authorization to allow FSM to dispense medication, both available in the front office and on our website.
  • Prescription medication to be given for two weeks or less is considered short term and parents may fill out the authorization form.
  • Prescription medication to be given for more than two weeks is considered long term and requires written authorization by the child’s physician.

Original Container

Both prescription and over-the-counter medication to be given to students during the school day must be in their original bottle with the student’s name on the label. All medication must be brought to the front office.

Check-In Procedure

The Front Office staff records the date medication is brought in, ensures that the required authorization is on file, and notes the number or amount of medication in the Medication Records book kept in the front office. A separate medication check-in sheet is maintained for each student.

Changes to Prescription

It is the parents’ responsibility to notify the school of any changes to an original prescription. A new pharmacy label and container, along with new written authorization, must be submitted with any change. It is the student’s responsibility to come to the office at the appropriate times for medication.

Self-Medication

Students cannot administer any medications to themselves except when a physician, the Head of School, the parent/legal guardian, and the student agree in writing that it is necessary.

  • The student must demonstrate proper administration of the medication and must inform the front office staff when the medication is taken.
  • Staff will record when and what time the medication was taken in the Medication Records book. The student may carry just one day’s dose of the medication in its container with the original label.
  • Lower school inhalers are kept in the front office and include more than one day’s dose. Please send your child’s inhaler in a Zip-loc bag with his/her name on it.
  • Middle school students are permitted carry and administer their own inhalers with parental permission.

Documentation

The Front Office staff keeps a separate medication administration record for each student that includes the student’s name, medication, dosage, times to be given, and the initials of the person administering the medication; it also has a form for other information to be recorded, such as any observed reaction to the medication. These records are a permanent part of the student’s file and are confidential, unless they need to be shared with other staff.

Non-Prescription Medication

Friends School follows the same guidelines for over-the-counter medication as for prescription medication. Non-prescription medication must be kept in the front office in its original bottle, labeled with the student’s name and dosage. The written authorization form used for short-term prescription medication must also be filled out for non-prescription medication. The taking of non-prescription medication is also documented.

School staff keeps all medication in a secure, clean, and locked cabinet at all times.