Pewaukee Lake Elementary Health Room - 701-5479
Horizon Elementary Health Room- 701-5532
Asa Clark Middle School Health Room- 701-5587
Pewaukee High School Health Room- 701-5635
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year
If your student has health concerns, you may notify the nursing staff by using one of the following:
1) Complete the health information section of online registration.
2) Complete the appropriate care plans and medication forms for your student's health concern. These forms are located in the "Forms and Information" tab on the left.
3) Contact your student's health room.
We hope this information will help your student have a safe, healthy, and successful year.
The Student Immunization Law requires that all students through grade 12 meet a minimum number of required immunizations prior to school entrance. These requirements can be waived only for health, religious or personal convictions reasons. To remain compliant with the law, please provide the month, day, and year that your child received the required immunizations on the Student immunization record. This must be done by the first day of school. If you do not have your student’s immunization record, please obtain a copy from your physician or go on WIR- Wisconsin Immunization Registry and print a copy of your student’s immunization record.
Medications in school: Whenever possible, the administration of medication should be scheduled during non-school hours. However, when necessary, medications will be administered to a student by district personnel, provided medication forms (forms are located in "Forms and Information" tab to the left) have been completed and returned to the health room. Per Board of Education policy, students are not allowed to carry any prescription or over the counter medication during the school day.
Prescription medications require completed forms from a physician and a parent. Students may carry and self administer emergency medications provided the proper forms are completed, returned and students demonstrate the ability to self administer. Changes in dosages must be verified by the prescribing physician.
Nutrition: Many studies show the undisputed correlation between good nutrition and learning. We see students who have stomachaches or just don't feel well throughout the day. All too frequently, the answer to questions about their eating habits include answers like, "I never eat breakfast...I don't have time to eat...Breakfast makes me feel sick...I ate a doughnut." Any time is a good time to start good nutritional habits. Eating a good breakfast will make a difference. There is an excellent web site for "Team Nutrition." See web site link under "Forms and Information" tab on the left.
Hearing & Vision
Hearing and Vision: Hearing and vision are an integral part of learning. Hearing and vision screenings are scheduled in our district for 1,3,5,and 7 graders, and students new to district. Please call the health room if you have concerns about a child in a different grade that may be having hearing or vision problems. Referrals are taken all year from the students themselves, parents or staff. Vision and hearing referral letters will be sent home regarding any concerns or abnormal screening findings. Please contact the health room for information regarding financial need.
There are 29 vision skills needed for successful academic performance. Many professional organizations recommend that students have an annual vision exam by an eye care professional which includes testing for near and far vision, two-eyed tests and academic related vision testing (how the eyes relate to learning--age appropriate readiness). Student behavior may be an indication of vision skill problems. Many of the symptoms of visual problems are the same as symptoms of ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental delays and underachieving: good students who have to work too hard, distractibility, avoids reading and close work, frustration with school, emotional outbursts, etc.
Communicable Diseases & Conditions
Communicable Diseases: In addition to the common cold, some of the most common communicable diseases we see in schools are conjunctivitis, strep throat, and mono. One main way to prevent infection is hand washing. Hand washing signs have been placed in the bathrooms and we continue to emphasize the importance of good hand washing. To help ensure further protection, instant hand sanitizing gel will be available for use in school. Another way students can help prevent infectious diseases (especially mono and strep) is by NOT sharing eating/drinking utensils, lip gloss and other makeup, etc. with anyone. If students are suspected of having a communicable/infectious disease, they may be sent home for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment.
Head Lice: If you suspect lice, please check your child and report any cases or suspected cases to your student’s health room as soon as possible. Students with live lice or who show evidence of nits (lice eggs) will be sent home for treatment and removal of nits. If you or your child exhibit signs of an infestation, it is important to talk to your doctor about treatment options.
Some important facts regarding head lice: Anyone may become infested with head lice, regardless of age, sex, race or standards of personal hygiene. Head lice spread through direct head to head contact with an infested person. Since nits (louse eggs) are laid by the adult lice, the chances of nits being spread from person to person are minimal. Head lice move by crawling. They cannot jump or fly. Head lice cannot survive for very long off the head. Head lice are not dangerous and do not transmit disease. In the United States, infestation with head lice is most common among preschool and elementary school age children and their household members and caretakers. Reliable data on how many people get head lice each year in the United States are not available; however, an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. Some studies suggest that girls get head lice more often then boys probably due to more frequent head to head contact.
Excellent websites with information and resources include www.dpd.cdc.gov (click here), Waukesha County Health Department, https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/aap-updates-treatments-for-head-lice.aspx.
Please note: the Pewaukee School District Policy follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation, the Waukesha County Health Department as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation. These organizations advocate that "no-nit" policies be discontinued for the following reasons: Many nits are more than 1/4 inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as casings. Nits are cemented to the hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred to other people. The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice, and misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel. If no nymphs or adults are seen, and the only nits found are more than 1/4 inch from the scalp, then the infestation is probably old and no longer active and does not need to be treated.
Medical Concerns: We ask that you complete and return a care plan appropriate for your student's medical condition. Care plan forms are available for allergy/asthma, food allergy, insect sting, diabetes, general (for recent injuries, disabilities, frequent nose bleeds, etc.) and for seizures. Please contact the health room with any concerns you have throughout the year.
Extensive Injuries and Illnesses: Please call the health room to report any disability, serious injuries, illnesses or impending surgery. We will be glad to help make arrangements for your student's return to school. Please call the guidance office for additional assistance.
When parents/guardians are out of town: If you are going to be out of town, please contact the office or write a note stating how long you will be gone, where your student is staying, how we may contact you, and who is to act in your behalf while you are gone.
Other Health Issues
Reye Syndrome: There are many products that surprisingly contain aspirin including topical products. Reye’s Syndrome is a very serious disease that has been associated with viral illnesses and is linked to taking aspirin products. For more information including the symptoms of Reyes Disease and a complete list of products that contain aspirin, please visit www.reyessyndrome.org.
Latex: It is estimated that between 8,800 and 53,000 Wisconsin school children could have or develop latex sensitivity. Allergic reactions to latex can range from mild to life-threatening. Because of the increased incidence in latex sensitivity, NO latex balloons are allowed in the district including district functions off campus. Non-latex gloves are used throughout the district. Mylar balloons are good substitutes.