Holy Child employs three registered nurses who cover the school day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These nurses provide all first aid and health-related duties including screening for hearing, vision, and scoliosis. In addition, they ensure that all necessary health forms are in order. Should one of the school nurses be unavailable, the school can rely on the full-time technology teacher, who has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. There are two fully equipped nurse’s offices, one in each of the main learning centers. All of the children’s medications are stored in these offices under lock and key. Only the school nurses may dispense medications, which require a completed permission form filled out by a physician and a parent. Medications must be provided in the original pharmacy bottle labeled with the student’s name and dosage.
Physical examination forms must be submitted for new students and for students in Kindergarten and grades 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. The nurse reviews the health history and findings and the teachers are alerted to their students’ special needs.
All records of physical examinations, immunizations, and special medical conditions are maintained in the nurse’s offices by school division and kept for seven years as required by New York State law. All important health information is found on each student’s health record card.
Accident reports and daily logs are kept by the nurses. Documentation of communicable diseases is done in compliance with Nassau County regulations.
Emergency contact information is kept by the nurses and Lower School and Middle School administrative assistants in easily accessible file boxes in each office.