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Clinic

The MBCA Clinic is under the leadership of Ms. Jennifer Ethridge, R.N., B.S.N. Ms. Ethridge and her team of Registered Nurses are able to provide excellent care to the students, faculty, and staff needing treatment for allergies, asthma, illness, and injury. Please read below for more information on medication and immunization records.

 

 

Allergies

Please inform the school Nurse (Main Campus) or Receptionist (North Campus) if your child has allergies, and include the information on the Medical and Emergency Card. Please provide an Epi-pen if the condition warrants this precaution.

 

Asthma

Please inform the school Nurse (Main Campus) or Receptionist (North Campus) if your child has asthma, and provide a rescue inhaler to be kept in the Clinic.

Contagious Disease

In the case of contagious disease, a student should be kept at home until all signs of the disease are gone or a note of re-admittance is issued from the student’s physician. The school Nurse reserves the right to send students home when it is determined that the health of other students may be compromised. Please contact the school Nurse if a student has a communicable disease (viral or bacterial) so parents of that class have the opportunity to look for symptoms in their own children.

MBCA policies to determine when students should remain at home:

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye):  Student may return when cleared by a physician and after 24 hours of treatment, if bacterial.

  • Croup:  Student may return when breathing comfortably, cough is improved, and fever-free for 24 hours.

  • Fever:  If 100 degrees or higher, student should be kept at home. Student must be fever-free, without taking fever reducing medications (Tylenol, acetaminophen, Motrin/Advil, ibuprofen) for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

  • Gastroenteritis/Diarrhea:  If a student has multiple loose stools, which are not caused by medication or diet, the child should be kept at home.  

  • Impetigo:  Student may return after 24 hours of topical or oral antibiotics.

  • Influenza:  Student may return after 24 hours of being fever and symptom-free.

  • Ringworm:  Students may return after starting treatment.

  • Vomiting:  If a student vomits at school, they will be sent home and must not return until he or she has not vomited for a minimum of 24 hours.

Head Lice

The problem of head lice/nits is a common occurrence in schools, and can be difficult to control at home and at school. Even though lice are not a threat to health, they are a frustrating nuisance and are easily spread to others. The following policy has been implemented to control head lice/nit infestation:

  • Parents should notify the school Nurse immediately if their child has head lice, so MBCA can take the necessary precautions, and make the other parents in the classroom aware.

  • In order to prevent outbreaks in the school setting, any student suspected of having live lice or nits will be sent home. The parents will be asked to consult their child’s physician or the local Health Department for verification of the diagnosis and treatment instructions.

  • A letter will be sent home to every parent in the class (Lower School) or grade level (Middle and Upper Schools) informing them of a case of lice in the class and asking for help in preventing the spread of lice.

  • After being treated at home, students who have been sent home will be checked by the school Nurse when they return to school to make sure the lice/nits have been removed.

  • If three or more cases are found in one class, qualified personnel will check every child in the classroom and any other classes with whom they have interacted.

  • As partners in your child’s education, MBCA will do everything in its power to prohibit the spread of lice, but we realize that eradicating lice ultimately is a parent’s responsibility. When a parent works hard to rid their child of a lice infestation, they are actually helping safeguard everyone in the school.

Immunization Records

Health and immunization records, as specified in the MBCA enrollment materials, must be on file in the office prior to the first day of school, as required by state law. MBCA policy also requires that copies of birth certificates for all students be on file prior to the first day of school. Students without complete paperwork will not be able to attend school.

Injuries

First aid treatment will be rendered for minor injuries. If an emergency medical situation arises, parents will be notified and medical treatment for the student will be sought at the nearest hospital.

Medication

For safety, please notify the school Nurse (Main Campus) or Receptionist (North Campus) if a student takes medication prior to arrival at school. Authorization to Administer Medication Forms are in the Clinic and on the website and must be completed for each over-the counter or prescription medication that is brought to the Clinic. Medication must be in the original container with labels intact; e.g., pharmacy labels on prescription drugs, brand and dosing label on OTC medication. All medication must be transported to and from the Clinic by the parent or other responsible adult. Please do not give medications to the classroom teacher.  

Students in Lower and Middle School are not permitted to have medication in their possession on campus.  Students who need to take medication during the course of the school day must keep the medication in the Clinic and come to the Clinic for administration by the school Nurse. Medication must be counted and signed in by the school Nurse. In certain cases, the school Nurse may allow students to carry necessary items after demonstration of proper use, physician, and parent consent.