Medications at Schools
Any questions? Please call or email the school nurse.
END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Please make arrangements to pick up your child's medication by your student's last day. We are unable to store medications during the summer and all remaining medications will be thrown away.
Instructions for Use of Emergency Medications
Vaccines Needed for Entry to 7th Grade
Starting 2016 Tdap and Meningitis are needed for 7th grade!
Ohio Revised Code section 3701.12 and 3313.671 calls for students entering the 7th grade to obtain a tetanus, diptheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) and Meningitis vaccine. Therefore, your current sixth grader will need to show proof of having received these vaccines before they return to school in August. Please take this notice to your physician and return the completed information to your middle school nurse.
Immunizations are also available at the Greene County Health Department at minimal or no cost. You may call them at (937)374-5668 for the office hours. Students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Please note: The Ohio Dept. of Health is no longer accepting the Td vaccine in place of the Tdap vaccine starting school year 2013-14. Please have your doctor check with the Ohio Dept. of Health if they are not aware of this change!!!
If your 6th grader gets immunizations while at a doctor appointment please provide documentation to the school clinic. Many doctors administer the Tdap and Meningitis immunizations during routine check ups.
Tips for Finding Old Immunization Records
How can I find old immunization records?
Many individuals ask IAC this question. Unfortunately, there is no national organization that maintains this information. Here are some tips on how to find old immunization records.
Tips for tracking down your child's previous shots...
- Check with all your child's previous health care providers. Don't forget visits to your local public health department or neighborhood clinic.
- Look through your old papers--sometimes immunization records are tucked away in a baby book, or included on school or camp medical history forms.
- Check with any schools your child has attended to see if they have retained a record of immunizations required for school entrance. Adolescents might have received certain vaccines (such as hepatitis B vaccine) in school.
- For teens, don't forget about any vaccines that might have been required for college entrance or a job.
- Some areas have centralized immunization registries that keep electronic records of all vaccines given in that area. To ask about the possibility of such a registry in your area, call your state immunization coordinator, and/or the coordinator of any states where your child used to live. State immunization coordinator contact information can be accessed at www.immunize.org/coordinators
- Sometimes when physicians retire or a medical practice changes hands, old patient records are sent to a medical record storage company. It may be possible to obtain records directly from the company for a fee.
- Document any information you discover in writing, including the vaccine name (e.g., "MMR"), date given, and provider or clinic name. Most state health departments can provide you with a child immunization record card (if you cannot locate a child immunization record card, you can download one from the State of Florida Bureau of Immunization at www.doh.state.fl.us/Disease_Ctrl/immune/files/baby_shots_ENG_web.pdf).
Tips for reconstructing an adult's immunization history...
- Ask your parent or early care giver if he/she has any record of your childhood immunizations.
- Look through any old papers saved from your childhood, such as a baby book.
- Ask your high school, post-secondary school, college health service, or previous employers (including the military) for dates of any immunizations, if applicable.
- Understand that it is often not possible to find childhood immunization records of an adult. When you can't document having received a required vaccine in the past, you may have to be re-vaccinated. Receiving extra doses of these vaccines will not harm you. For a few diseases and/or vaccines, you can have blood tests to see if you are immune.
- Document any information you discover in writing, including the vaccine name, date given, and provider or clinic name. You can download an adult immunization record card at www.immunize.org/adultizcards/adultizcard.pdf
For the future...
Vision, Behavior, and Success at School
Research shows that uncorrected vision problems have a direct correlation to juvenile delinquency and behavior problems; up to 74 percent of juvenile offenders may have uncorrected vision problems. According to the National Institute for Literacy's 1998 report, The State of Literacy of America, 70 percent of those incarcerated in this country are functionally illiterate.
Several other studies have shown that one in four American children suffer from vision problems and the number climbs as high as 50 percent in some inner-city communities. Research suggests 90 percent of those children are not wearing glasses/contacts or getting their vision corrected.
In order to detect these problems, early professional eye care or screenings are important. Most screenings performed in schools are for visual acuity alone and only accounts for a portion of the problems.
- Between 10 and 12 million children are suffering from some kind of visual disability.
- 25 percent of all children have a vision problem significant enough to affect learning.
- 74 percent of illiterate adults fail the vision screening test.
- Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States.
- 31 percent of children between ages six and 16 have had a comprehensive eye examination within the past year.
- Only 14 percent under the age of six have had an eye examination.
- Sitting closely to the TV
- Holding objects closely to see them
- Difficulty learning
- Poor academic performance
- Feelings of failure
- Low self-esteem
- Short attention span
- Discipline problems
- Lost desire to read or study
The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests that children in the following age ranges should undergo screening:
- Newborn to three months
- Six to 12 months
- Three years of age
- Five years of age
Reasons that screenings are not being performed
- Patent's inability to pay
- No insurance
- Lack of knowledge or awareness of problem
For more information, please visit the related links.
Posture Screening in Middle School
The screening procedure takes less than one minute and requires the screener look at the student's back with the student standing up and then bent forward in a toe touch position. The screener looks for the following: