School Nursing Services
School nurses provide assessment of acute illness and injuries during the school day, as well as chronic health management, including medication administration and providing medical treatments prescribed by a physician.
For specific information regarding school health programs in Aiken County Public Schools, contact:
Supervisor of Nursing Services: Monica Mazzell, RN at (803) 641-2417.
The Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act, approved by the South Carolina Legislature, allows school districts to stock epinephrine auto-injectors for identified school staff to use in emergencies for students with life-threatening allergic reactions. These Epi-pens are intended for individuals experiencing a first-time, previously undiagnosed allergic reaction.
Parents and guardians of students with known allergies should continue to provide Epi-pens/epinephrine for their children. These students will continue to have Emergency Action Plans and Individualized Healthcare Plans (IHPs) developed by the school nurse.
Every Aiken County school has a school nurse and at least two first responders who are trained in Epi-pen administration.
Any medication to be given during the school day must be delivered to school by the parent/guardian in the original, properly labelled container and accompanied by a completed Medication Permission Form.
Over-the-counter medications may be given with parental permission as long as age appropriate dosing recommendations on the product label are followed. However, if the healthcare provider prescribes a medication that is purchased over the counter and/or if the medication is prescribed differently from the manufacturer's recommendations on the container, the school will need a Medication Permission Form signed by the healthcare provider that prescribed the medication.
The healthcare provider’s signature on the Medication Permission Form is required for all prescription medications.
A Tdap vaccination is required for 7th - 10th grade students beginning in the 2016-17 school year. All students entering seventh grade must have a Tdap vaccination on or after the 7th birthday. Your child’s school will need a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization showing that he or she has received the Tdap vaccination.
Also beginning in 2016, all 5K – 2nd grade students must receive two doses of varicella vaccine on or after the 1st birthday or have a positive history of disease.