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The clinic, located adjacent to the main office, provides the students and faculty of Austin with minor first aid when needed and takes care of sick children until a parent of guardian can pick them up. The clinic is staffed throughout the school year from 7:45-1:45 by our school nurse, Mrs. Christine Bissoon, R.N.
Every year, ALL third graders will be screened by the Nurse in the fall. Dates will be provided soon. 

THIRD GRADE VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS have been cancelled this year.


1.  Wear masks at all times. Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.

 Face shields do not replace masks but can be worn over a mask.  

2.  Social distance at least 6 feet away from others.  

3.  Wash Your Hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face. Wash hands immediately after using a tissue to blow your nose, cough, or sneeze. Use a new mask if needed. 

4.  Use Hand Sanitizer until you can wash your hands. 

5.  Stay home if you are ill. Must be picked up promptly if you become ill at school. Consult a Physician if not improved to return to school. 

If a student must have medication while at school, the parent must obtain an administration of medication form, have the physician complete the form, and return it to the clinic.
Students are not allowed to bring medication to school (except a prescribed asthma inhaler or EpiPen—see Allergy section below), including over the counter medicines such as cough drops, creams, and lotions. A parent or guardian may bring in medication including over the counter medication, to be kept in the clinic with a completed medication form (available in student handbook appendix or on Parents & Clinic pages of school website). Medication containers must be clearly labeled in original packaging and will be secured in the clinic. All medication will be administered by the nurse.  Teacher may only administer EpiPen and Asthma MDI in an emergency. 
A parent, guardian or designee can administer medication to their child in an emergency at school. Students with special needs will be required to have a completed Medical Impairment form available from the Counselor or School Nurse. A 504 plan will be completed.
Students with severe allergy may carry an EpiPen only after the Authorization for Student to Carry form (available from school nurse) is completed and on file in nurse‚Äôs office. Student can also receive emergency medication at school, if a medication consent form was completed by a doctor and parent. DeKalb County Schools DO NOT have a nut free policy.
Students with documented asthma may carry an inhaler and use it as directed. Parent, doctor and student must complete an Authorization for Student to Carry form (available from nurse) and a medication consent form for school. A copy of this completed form will be given to the homeroom teacher for her records. Student may also have medication kept in the clinic.
Contagious Illnesses
A doctor's note should document the diagnosis and a return to school date. A report will be made to the Health Department of communicable diseases when there a 3 or more documented cases in a classroom.
Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
Students suspected or reported to have "pinkeye" will need to be treated with antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Student may also be kept at home until symptoms clears or bring a doctor's note which clears them as being not contagious if the eye is still red.
All students sent home or reported with fever must remain at home for 24 hours after the fever breaks. Student should not be sent to school after taking fever medication.
When lice is identified at Austin, the student is usually sent home for treatment and a class letter issued for all parents to check and treat their children. A student must be treated at home or by a Lice Professional before returning to school. Nits should also be removed from hair.
The student will be checked again by the Nurse on returning to school if treated by parent at home. Bring your student to the Clinic preferably at 8:30 am to be checked. All siblings and recent close contacts will also be screened by the Nurse as needed. It is the parents' responsibility to check their children for lice and get treatment when needed. 
A student who vomits at least once and has other symptoms will be sent home.
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