Health Office

Health Assistant
Carissa Neuman - available from 9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
cneuman[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
303-347-4675

District Nurse
Katie Altensee, BSN, RN
kaltensee[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
720-951-5415

 

How Sick is Too Sick? Helping us keep everyone healthy!!

It is important to ask for your help in making sure that our students are healthy when they attend school and that they stay home when they are sick.   We count on you to be partners with us in this priority.

The most important steps that all of us can take are simple ones that help to prevent the spread of illness.  Please be sure your child knows to: 

  • Clean hands frequently.  Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is ideal.
  • Use hand sanitizer if hand washing facilities are unavailable.  Gels, rubs, and hand wipes all work well, as long as they contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow.  Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands!
  • Have a balanced diet.
  • Get adequate rest.
  • Learn these healthy habits by setting a good example and always doing them yourself.  Taking responsibility for our own health helps protect others with whom we come in contact.

In the event that your child becomes sick, we urge you to develop a plan if your child needs to be kept home from school.  If we believe a child is too sick to be in school, or if they become sick while at school, we will send the student home.  If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student will be kept apart from others until they can be sent home and then they should remain at home until they are healthy enough to return to school, including not having symptoms that could infect others.  One question that parents sometimes ask is if they can send their child to school with a fever.  Public health authorities advise to not send a child to school with a fever with symptoms of illness and keep your student at home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without fever reducing medications.  A fever is defined as 100° F with symptoms of illness.  If you have any concerns about your child’s health, we urge you to contact your child’s physician. 

Please call in your student’s absence to the 24 hour attendance line at 303-734-5780, call the office at 303-347-4675 or send an e-mail to sandburgattendance[at]gmail[dot]com. Be sure you tell why the student is absent. If absence is due to illness, we ask that students take this time to rest and recuperate. They will receive make up work upon returning to school. Your child will be allowed 1 extra day for each day absent. Your child may always read.

As a District we take health, safety and well being of our students and staff very seriously. Let’s all do our best to stay healthy!

Immunizations

Colorado law requires that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment-Certificate of Immunization be completed and provided to your child’s school. The law requires documentation of immunizations or a signature on file exempting the child for medical, religious, or personal reasons (C.R.S. 25-4-903).
  • Starting with the 2007-2008 school year, in Colorado, children will need to have the appropriate documentation of two (2) doses of the Varicella (chicken Pox) vaccine at the kindergarten level.
  • Parents of 5th grade students, your child will need to receive a dose of Tdap.

Please call Carissa Neuman at 303-347-4675 if you have any questions regarding your child’s immunizations.

Medication at School

The district medication policy does not allow any medication (prescription or non-prescription) to be administered at school unless accompanied by our district medicine authorization forms. These forms require the signature of the parent and the doctor. Medication must be brought in a properly labeled container provided by the pharmacy. The container label must include the date, the name of the student, name of the drug, dosage, purpose of the medication, and directions for administering and storing the medication.
** Students are not to have medication on their person at school **

Points To Remember:

  • A doctor’s authorization is required for all over the counter medications, i.e., cough drops, Tylenol, etc.
  • Parents are responsible for bringing the child’s medication to school along with any utensils that may be used to administer the medicine to the student.
  • If the medication needs to be split in half, please ask your pharmacist to split it for you.
  • If your child’s dosage changes, new permission forms must be completed and the container must match the new instructions.