Lynn J. Vogelgesang, R.N., MSN
941-803-9330 Ext. 72534
Christine Sullivan, L.P.N.
941-803-9330 Ext. 72511
Our goal in the PCHS clinic is to provide the best possible care for your child in the event of illness/injury, to promote good health and prevent disease while at school. Your assistance with the following will help us achieve our goal.
Emergency Health Cards
The Emergency Health Card is required annually. At the beginning of each school year, each student is given a white Emergency Health Card for parent/guardian completion. This card is used to document your child’s health concerns along with emergency contact numbers in the event your child is sick or injured during the school day. This card is kept in the clinic in a confidential, locked file cabinet for use by the clinic staff. Please notify the clinic staff of any changes in your child’s health, medication, and emergency contact numbers.
COVID 19 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 important for parents to keep their student out of school if they complain of:
- New or sudden persistent cough or a change in a chronic cough
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Severe Headache
According to CDC guidelines, students who report to the clinic with ANY of the above symptoms will be isolated and sent home immediately. Information on COVID testing is available at https://www.floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites/#Manatee
Medications During the School Day and on School Sponsored Trips
Please refer to the School District guidelines in your child's School Agenda regarding medications at school or on school-sponsored trips. Keep in mind that students are only allowed to carry certain medications on school grounds or school-sponsored trips. These medications include asthma inhalers, dietary enzymes, Epinephrine auto-injector, insulin, and diabetic supplies. Most medications cannot be carried at school by students.
- The approved Medication Authorization form must be signed by both the parent and the physician.
- Diabetic students must have a Diabetic Medical Management Plan signed by both the parent and the physician.
- Medication must be brought to the clinic by a parent or guardian for the nurse to evaluate.
All medications must be brought in the original containers and be prescribed within the current school year.
- Over the counter medication must arrive in a new sealed container.
- All medications must be administered by the school clinic staff or the trained trip field trip coordinator.
ILLNESS AND INJURY AT SCHOOL
In the event your child becomes injured or ill at school, every effort is made to contact the parent/guardian by phone. Phone numbers used will be those on file from the Emergency Health Card filled out at the beginning of the year by the parent/guardian. It is imperative that you continually update all emergency numbers with the clinic staff.
Please keep in mind, that in the event of a true emergency, 911 may be called for your child to be evaluated and possibly transferred to the nearest hospital. If you have a hospital preference, please note this on the Emergency Health Card.
Students needing to be picked up in the clinic should wait no more than 30 minutes. Please arrange a possible pick-up with family members/friends ahead of time so that they are on your emergency contact list and available to pick up your child in the event of illness or injury if you are unable to do so.
A physician’s order is required for all medical treatments and/or procedures and parents must provide all medical equipment and supplies used by students during the school day.
STATE OF FLORIDA IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
All students must have on file the Florida Immunization Certificate (DH 680) as required by the State of Florida. Students must be up-to-date with all childhood immunizations within the timeframes specified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Failure to comply will result in your child being excluded from school.
Information on Florida Immunization requirements may be found at: http://manatee.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/clinical-and-nutrition-services/immunizations/childhood-immunizations.html