Our goal at the MHS clinic is to provide the best possible care for your child in the event of illness or injury while at school and to promote good health and prevention of disease. We have outlined areas where additional documentation is required for the safe management of students with health conditions/concerns.
Students who have a history of severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks may self-medicate in school if they have a current written prescription from their physician stating they may self-medicate and carry the medication on their person. The two forms necessary for students to carry their own medication on campus are:
Students who have a history of diabetes may also carry their own supplies and self medicate. Students with diabetes have additional options for the management of their condition consistent with their Physician's orders. Please use the following forms if your student requires diabetic supplies while on campus:
Many conditions can be treated at school with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. With proper authorization, documentation and signatures, arrangements can be made for over-the-counter medication to be given to students. This may prevent loss of time out of school. To have Prescription or OTC medication administered in school:
- Complete the Medication Authorization Form.
- Parent/guardian brings the Prescription/OTC medication to school clinic.
- Clinic staff will process order and verify medication amount with parent.
- Unused medications will be returned or destroyed per policy.
Students requiring medications or medical treatments while on a school field trip require a completed Medication Authorization Form for the specific prescription/OTC medication required. Field trip chaperones will be made aware and trained on the safe administration of medications to specific students per the Medication Authorization Form and District policies.
All parents/guardians must keep the information on their student’s Annual Student Medical/Health Information Form updated throughout the school year as needed. Please download and complete this form (see link on this page) if there are ANY changes to your students health conditions or contact information.
The clinic staff has developed new procedures consistent with CDC and Florida Health Dept. guidelines to protect students and staff during the COVID-19 emergency.
It is CRITICAL for parents to keep their student out of school if they complain of a new onset of:
- Sudden persistent cough
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste and/or smell
- New onset of severe headache
- Nausea or vomiting
Due to new CDC guidelines, students who report to the clinic with ANY of the above symptoms will be isolated and sent home immediately.
SDMC COVID-19 Information Updates
1. My student went to the clinic and was sent home due to reporting or having Covid-19 symptoms. How long must my student stay out of school?
2. My child was sent home for suspicion of Covid. How do I get my child tested at no cost?
3. What are COVID-19 symptoms? Are they the same as other illnesses?
See Table from CDC
4. I was contacted by the school and told my student was exposed to a Covid-19 positive person, how long is the quarantine?
The CDC still recommends a 14-day quarantine for students after a confirmed exposure. However, ending a quarantine earlier may be an option if:
- The student has no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.
- The student takes a PCR Covid-19 test (not a rapid-test) on/after day 6 of quarantine.
- The student has a negative result and completes 7-days of quarantine.
- Without a PCR Covid-19 test, a student without symptoms of illness may return after quarantining 10 full days.
5. Is Manatee County an area of high community transmission?
The Manatee County Health Dept states as of 2/17/2021: Manatee County is no longer considered to have a high community transmission of COVID.6. What if I have additional questions about my student's exposure to Covid-19 or his/her situation?
Please call the MHS Health Clinic at (941) 714-7300 and press option 2 between 7AM and 3:30 PM.7. Where can I send my student's COVID-19 results?Parents can email an image or PDF to Michael Byrnes, MHS School Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org. My student had a "Rapid test" done which came out positive but the 2-3 day "PCR test" came up negative? What should I do?According to MCHD, students who test positive on either a Rapid or PCR test should consider themselves positive even if the other test says they are negative. This is consistent with CDC guidelines on the subject.