A health clinic is provided at all Irwin County schools that is staffed by Registered Nurses from the Irwin County Health Department.
If a prescription or over-the-counter medication is necessary during the school day, a parent should bring the medicine to school in a pharmacy labeled bottle. A school medical form must be completed and given to the school official responsible for administering the medication.
Vision and Hearing
Visual and hearing screening for students are available at the request of the parents.
Special Health Needs
If your child has a special documented health need or problem, this should be communicated to the teacher(s) and school nurse. (This information is kept confidential.) In cases that warrant specific precautions or emergency procedures, an individual protocol will be developed by a team consisting of the nurse, RTI, teachers, and parents/guardians.
If your child has been diagnosed with having nits or lice you will be called to come and pick your child up from school. He/she will be excused for up to two (2) days to take care of the situation. All days out after two days will be unexcused absences.
A "No Nit Clearance Note" from the Doctor, Health Department or School Nurse will be needed upon returning to school. Please call the school to schedule a time for you to bring your child to the school if you want the school nurse to check and determine if the child is clear to return to school. If your child is sent to school without a clearance note you will be called to come pick your child up. Please note that if you plan on using the school nurse, you MUST have an appointment and the parent or guardian MUST come with the child.
Hospital Homebound Services (HHB) O.C.G.A. 160-4-2-.31 (effective 11/24/09)
Hospital Homebound Services provides academic instruction and other services provided to eligible students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods of time that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by the licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is treating the student for the presenting diagnosis.
- HHB Services are available to students who need to be absent from school for a minimum of ten (10) consecutive days because of a non-communicable disease or illness.
- HHB Services must be requested through the school office by the student and parent/guardian.
- A completed written medical referral form signed by a licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is currently treating the student for the diagnosis presented must be submitted to the LEA for HHB services to be considered.
- Following approval of HHB services, a meeting will be required including the student, parent/guardian, administration, and all classroom teachers to develop an Educational Service Plan (ESP), discuss services and expectations. The ESP shall include a school re-entry plan.
- A student who is on the Hospital Homebound Program is counted present in school. Work is assigned by the classroom teachers.