FAQ
 
This page will answer questions commonly asked by students and parents.
  1. What is done at school to keep my child with a life threatening food allergy safe? 
  2. May I send my child to school with a cold? 
  3. Can the nurse give over the counter (OTC) medications?
  4. What do I do when my child needs to avoid or limit gym? 
  5. What do I need to do for child to stay indoors at recess? 
  6. What do I do if my child has been hospitalized or ill for a prolonged time?
  7. My child wants to participate in an after school sports program. How old can the physical date be for participation?
  8. How can I make sure that my child is protected with sun screen and/or insect repellent?
  9. Is there someone I can contact to discuss my child's special health care needs?

1. What is done at school to keep my child with a life threatening food allergy safe?
Lexington Public Schools has a life threatening allergies policy. All staff are trained in EpiPen administration. An Emergency Health Care Plan is completed for each student with a life threatening allergy. Staff work together to keep all children safe.

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3. Can the nurse give over the counter (OTC) medications?
All medications including over the counter medications must have a written order from a licensed practitioner and written parent permission. See the Lexington Public Schools Medication Policy (see Policies & Guidelines. At the high school, acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be given to a student on a one-time basis with the verbal permission from the parent/guardian. Written parent/guardian permission is required for all subsequent administration.
 
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4. What do I do when my child needs to avoid or limit gym?
A doctor's order is needed for your child to avoid or limit gym. A form for this can be downloaded from the "Health Forms" tab at the top left of this page. The school form is not required. A doctor's order on any kind of form,such as emergency room instructions or a note after a doctor's appointment is sufficient.
 
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5. What do I need to do for child to stay indoors at recess?
A doctor's order is needed for your child to stay indoors for recess. Students are expected to go outside for recess except for some medical conditions. Please call your school nurse to discuss your child's particular situation.
 
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6. What do I do if my child has been hosptialized or ill for a prolonged time?
Re-entry is terminology used to signify the return of a student to the school environment after a medical hospitalization, a psychiatric evaluation or hospitalization, or a prolonged absence. A meeting takes place between some of the following: parents/guardians, the student, the principal, the school nurse and the guidance counselor. The school requests that the parents provide a written statement/discharge plan from the student’s physician for the team’s consideration in planning and coordinating appropriate services and in assessing health needs for the student.
 
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7.  My child wants to participate in an after school sports program. How old can the physical date be for participation?
In order to participate in a sport or intramural program, all students must pass a physical examination within thirteen months of the start of each season. Students who meet this criteria at the start of the season will remain eligible for that season. Physical examinations must be performed by a duly registered Physician, Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. This is a state regulation and no exceptions are made. All physicals are kept on file with the School Health Record in the school nurse's office.
 
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8.  How can I make sure that my child is protected with sun screen and/or insect repellent?
Parents are responsible for applying sun screen and/or insect repellent on elementary school children. Staff are not permitted to apply sun screen and/or insect repellent on children. In middle school and high school students manage their own sun screen/insect repellent. Exceptions are made for students with a medical diagnosis that requires application before outdoor activity. A physician's order with parent permission must be on file for the school nurse to apply the product.

9.  Is there someone I can contact to discuss my child's special health care needs?
Parents are encouraged to call or email their child's school nurse. If your child hasn't been assigned to a specific school yet, you may contact the LPS School Nurse Leader at jgasperini@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us 
 

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