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August 2016 - School Flu Vaccination Clinics

The Glynn County Health Department will schedule voluntary flu vaccination clinics at schools in Glynn  County in the upcoming months.  All enrolled students will be eligible to receive the flu vaccine in an injectable (shot) form; the nasal spray form of the vaccine will not be offered this year in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please see the "Related Files" section below for more information, including a letter from Coastal Health District Director Lawton C. Davis, M.D., and the consent form that must be completed for students to receive the flu vaccination at school.

August 2016 - Zika Update

The Glynn County School System reminds staff and residents to take steps to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in coastal Georgia.  Currently there have been no locally reported cases of Zika.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Zika is transmitted primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The Zika virus is not transmitted directly from one person to another through casual contact, and there remains no evidence that risk of transmission on school properties will be higher than in other areas of the community.

The CDC recommends that schools, residents and public health authorities work together to implement mosquito control activities and mosquito bite prevention in schools to decrease the risk of Zika virus transmission, educate students and staff members and continue normal school operations.  The CDC has also developed interim guidance for K-12 school districts for public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection. This guidance addresses concerns about the risk for Zika virus infection in K-12 schools, provides school districts with information for planning school-related activities, and recommends actions that can be taken with local public health authorities and government officials to reduce the potential risk for Zika virus transmission at school and among students.

The CDC recommends identifying and removing sources of standing water that can serve as mosquito breeding sites. Common sources on school grounds can include buckets, trash cans, planters, playground equipment and spaces beneath temporary modular structures.

Education officials in the Glynn County School System are taking the CDC guidelines seriously.  "Zika is a dangerous infection and we are working diligently to protect our students and overall community from being infected," said Dr. Valerie Whitehead, executive director of assessment and accountability who represents the school system on the the local Board of Health.  "Proper steps are being followed and we are thankful that no cases of Zika have been reported in our community. We will continue these safety precautions as long as is needed to maintain the safety of our students, our faculty and staff, and our community as a whole."

For additional information on recommendations from the CDC regarding the prevention of Zika, visit www.cdc.gov/zika/schools.  For additional information on recommendations from the Coastal Health District, visit www.gachd.org/zika-virus.

Glynn County School Nurse Program

Every Glynn County public school has a registered nurse to ensure that your child's health needs are met while he or she attends school. As an integral part of the Glynn County educational team, school nurses strive to maximize each child's educational success by diligently promoting health, wellness and safety.

Be sure to thank your child's school nurse for all she does to promote the health and well-being of our students and staff.

Medication In The School

According to Glynn County Board of Education policy, specific procedures must be followed for medications to be administered in school.

Before any prescription medication may be administered in school, the parent must provide the school with 1) a completed Physician Authorization for Medication Administration form, and 2) a completed Parental Authorization for Medication Administration form.

Any time there is a change in the prescribed medication, the parent must notify the school, update the forms listed above and provide a prescription bottle labeled to correspond to the new medication order.

All medications must be brought to school in the original labeled bottle from the pharmacy.

The label must clearly state the name of the student and the current health provider's order, including the name of the medication, dosage, administration time, name of physician, and expiration date.

Parents must provide over the counter medications in the original labeled bottle and complete a Parental Authorization for Medication Administration form.

Illness

Please help control exposure to illness in school, prevent the spread of disease and reduce the number of absences due to illness.

DO NOT send your child to school if he or she:

  • Has a fever (100 degrees or higher) during the night or in the morning;
  • Has experienced vomiting or diarrhea during the night or in the morning;
  • Has a persistent cough and/or large amounts of nasal discharge;
  • Has an unidentified rash or open, draining skin sores;
  • Has eye irritation with drainage, or;
  • Has tiny live insects (lice) in his or her hair.

Other Important Information

Scoliosis screenings are conducted at the middle school level for sixth and eighth grade students. Any parents not wishing for their child to be checked must notify the child's school.

All medication should be taken to the nurse's office in the original prescription container with the most recent date and latest instructions.

If parents do not pick up student medication within one week after school is out, the school system will dispose of the medication.

In case of illness or accident during the school day, the nurse will use professional judgment to determine whether or not the student should be transported to the local hospital emergency room for care. If a student is transported, the student's parents will be called from the emergency room. If the student does not require transport, the parents will be called from the school to pick up the student for medical care.