School Health

Medication at School

If a student needs to take medicine during the school day, prescription or over-the-counter, parents will need to submit a Medication Authorization Form.  This form must completed and signed by both the child’s physician and the parent.  The medication should be brought to school by the parent, in the original, labeled container.  The medication and dosage must match the written physician’s order.  Medication will be administered by school staff, unless it is an approved “emergency medication”, and the student is authorized to self-administer it.

Students are not allowed to carry any medication with them on school property, unless it is an approved “emergency medication”.  The approved “emergency medications” are: rescue inhalers for asthma, Epi-Pens for anaphylaxis, and insulin/Glucagon for diabetes.  Please contact the school nurse if your child needs medication at school.

For more information about medication policies and prodedures, please contact the school nurse.  You may pick up the Medication Authorization Form from the school office.  You may also download it here.

Sports Physicals

All students must have a current sports physical on file PRIOR TO TRYING OUT for a sport.  Sports physicals are current for 12 months from the date the actual physical, so they must be renewed annually.  The Sports Pre-participation Examination Form, which is provided by the school, is the required form.  You can obtain this form from the school office or from the school nurse.

If your child plans on trying out for school sports for the upcoming school year, please read the following information, which will help you prepare:

  • All students must have a valid, current sports physical on file in order to try out for school sports.
  • Each physical is only considered current for 12 months from the date of the original examination.  Physicals must be renewed each year.
  • The physical must be completed on the designated Sports Participation Examination Form (Click here) .

Please contact your school’s Athletic Director or School Nurse if you have any further questions or concerns.

Meeting Student Health Needs

In order to best care for children during the school day the school nurse should be aware of the health concerns that exist.  Parents are asked to complete a Health Information Form upon enrollment.  Parents will also be asked to complete this survey at the beginning of each school year, in order to update health and contact information.  Please contact the school nurse any time during the year when there are changes or newly developed health conditions.

The school nurse uses the information from the Health Information Form to identify students who need Care Plans/Emergency Action Plans during the school year.  The plan tells the nurse and staff how to care for a student’s medical condition during the school day.  The plan is developed by the nurse with input from the parent/guardian and at times, the student’s doctor. Examples of students who would need plans would be those with asthma, diabetes, cardiac conditions, cerebral palsy, sickle cell disease, food or insect allergies, and more.

Immunization Requirements for School Attendance

North Carolina requires all students to provide proof of all up-to-date immunizations when enrolling in school. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide this information.  Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.  For more information go to:

www.immunize.nc.org

Important Information for Parents with Children Entering 7th Grade

There are new immunization requirements for school entry beginning July 1, 2015. Children who start 7th grade on or after July 1, 2015, will be required to have vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to protect them from serious diseases. Students entering the 7th grade will be required to have one dose of each of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and the meningococcal vaccines, if they have not previously received these vaccines.

 

Your child will have to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of school. Please remember to bring your child’s shot record on or before the first day of school. This record may be obtained from his/her doctor or the local health department.

 

To learn more about these vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines or the NC Immunization Branch at www.immunize.nc.gov.

It is the responsibility of the parent to provide proof of immunization to the school nurse.

HEALTHY ACTIVE CHILDREN PLAN for Camden County Schools

SHAC PLAN 2015-2017

New Health Assessment Requirement for All Students Entering N.C. Public Schools for the First Time:

State law requires that every child entering public schools in N.C. receive a health assessment. The assessment must occur within 12 months prior to entering school. The medical provider, parent or guardian must provide a completed health assessment transmittal form to the principal of the school on or before the child’s first day of attendance.  To learn more about the health assessment requirement, please go to https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dph/wch/families/kindergartenhealth.htm.

Download the required Health Assessment Form here: https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dph/wch/doc/aboutus/HAForm2016.pdf

School Health Staff

Kim Hollingsworth, RN, BSN, NCSN
School Nurse
Camden County High School and Cam Tech High
252-338-0114
Candice Beckner
School Nurse
Grandy Primary School and Camden Intermediate School
252-331-4838
Laura L. Watson, RN, BSN, NCSN
School Nurse
Camden Middle School and Camden Intermediate School
252-338-3349