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    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.

Health Services Announcements

  • The Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act

    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.

     

    Medications

    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.

     

    Immunization Requirements

    Parents of rising seventh graders, please make arrangements now for your child to receive a Tdap Booster prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year!

    All students entering seventh grade must have received a Tdap vaccination on or after their 7th birthday to attend school in accordance with the South Carolina Immunization Law (44-29-180). Your child’s school will need a valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization showing that your child has received the Tdap vaccine.

    Other vaccines are recommended for adolescents but are not required for school. Please talk to your child’s healthcare provider about any additional vaccines they may need.

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