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Health Resources From Our School Nurses

 
Dear parents and guardians,
 
Lexington County School District Three's nurses are very excited to see the return of students to our schools. As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, we anticipate that there will be concerns and anxieties as you send your students back amidst a worldwide pandemic. We want to assure you that it is our utmost priority to keep your students and our staff as safe and healthy as possible.  To help us achieve this goal, we wanted to share some changes with you in regards to how our health rooms will operate. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you and caring for your student this year.
 
  • If your child has an underlying health condition that puts him/her at a higher risk of severe illness by contracting COVID-19, please discuss school attendance with your healthcare provider.
  • We ask that you screen your child each day prior to coming to school for COVID-19 symptoms. Additional information regarding COVID-19 symptoms can be found in the menu on the right-hand side of this screen. If your child has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or if your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, new or worsening cough), please do not send them to school. Notify the school nurse immediately. If your child is having symptoms, please also contact your healthcare provider.
  • Staff will conduct temperature checks and screening questionnaires at the start of each school day. 
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19 after having been at school, please notify the school nurse immediately.
  • If your child is not feeling well prior to school, please do not give them medication and send them to school. Keep them at home and contact your health care provider for guidance.
  • We ask that you administer any daily medications that can be given at home. We want to limit students coming to the health room in an effort to minimize potential exposure to the virus. 
  • Please do not send “as needed” medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen unless they are absolutely necessary. All medications MUST come through the health room. 
  • If medication MUST be administered to your child while he/she is at school, please refer to the separate section at the bottom of this page titled "Scheduling Medication Drop-Off" for more detailed information.
  • Nebulizers at school are discouraged due to the aerosol-generating nature of the treatment. If your child has a nebulizer, please discuss with your healthcare provider about changing to an inhaler, if appropriate. 
  • Face masks are required by the SC Department of Education in our school buildings. Please send a comfortable mask with your child each day.  Directives on how to properly wear a mask can be found in the menu on the right-hand side of this page.
  • Speak with your child regarding the importance of hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and social distancing.
  • If your child comes to the health room not feeling well, they will enter the nurses station and be triaged from a distance. If your child displays COVID-19 symptoms, the nurse will apply her Personal Protective Equipment and give your child a mask to wear while being further assessed (if they are not already wearing one).  You will be contacted and they will await your arrival in a monitored isolation room. Please make sure you have a CURRENT PHONE NUMBER on file and CAN BE REACHED if your child needs to be picked up. Sick children will not be allowed to ride the bus home.
  • Water fountains will be turned off. You can send a clear water bottle filled with water for your child. Bottled water will be available upon request.
  • We will be working with teachers to minimize any unnecessary trips to the health room to limit any potential exposure to the virus. Minor issues will be handled in the classroom. Teachers will be in contact with the nurse for guidance regarding these situations.
 
Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your student. Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns.
 
--Amy Alexander, RN (B-L Primary School)
--Melissa Ott, RN (B-L Elementary School)
--Kim Hendrix, RN (B-L Middle School, Lead Nurse for Lexington District Three)
--Ann Bodie, RN (B-L High School)
In an effort to limit the number of people who visit our health rooms and to minimize possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus, Lexington Three's school nurses are encouraging parents to administer their child's medication at home, if at all possible. 
 
However, if your child's medication MUST be administered to him/her while at school, please complete the steps listed below.
 
1.  Download the Medication Administration Permission Form and fill it out.
2.  Contact your child's school and set up an appointment to bring your completed Medication Administration Permission Form and child's medication.  Nurses will be available for appointments August 24th through 28th.
 
B-L Primary School, Nurse Amy Alexander, 803-532-4452
B-L Elementary School, Nurse Melissa Ott, 803-532-1155
B-L Middle School, Nurse Kim Hendrix (Lead Nurse for Lexington District Three), 803-532-3831
B-L High School, Nurse Ann Bodie, 803-532-9251