School Entry Requirements
According to Delaware state law, and the Delaware Department of Education, all children entering public schools are required to have written documentation of the following:
- 5 or more doses of DTaP, DTP, or Td vaccine (unless 4th dose was given after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of IVP or OPV (unless 3rd dose was given after the 4th Birthday)
- 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine
- 3 doses Hepatitis B vaccine
- 2 doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or written documentation of the disease by a licensed health care provider.
Physical Examination: Current, within the two years prior to school entry.
Tuberculosis: Results of Mantoux screening within the past 12 months or risk assessment as recommended by Delaware Division of Public Health.
Sick Day Guidelines
- A temperature of 100 or above must be sent home. A child needs to be 24 hours fever-free without taking Tylenol or Motrin before returning to school.
- Children who appear acutely ill must go home. Examples are vomiting, diarrhea, constant coughing, sneezing, runny nose, severe headache or stomachache. (Vomiting and diarrhea must be 24 hours free of symptom before returning).
- Conditions such as ringworm, impetigo, and pink eye, may attend school as long as they are being treated. Feel free to contact me to be sure.
- Any time your child receives a head injury-large bump or facial scratch- you will receive a message from me informing you of the injury.
- If your child has a suspected injury that could be a fracture and needs a doctor’s attention, you will be called immediately.
- Any medicine sent to school (prescription or non-prescription), must be in its original container. Please send in a note with dose and time for the administration of the medicine.
- If for some reason your child needs a change of clothes or needs to borrow a jacket, I have a clothes closet. It is a limited supply, so please make every effort is made to return items you borrow.
- Unfortunately, during the course of the school year, there will be cases of strep throat, stomach viruses, head lice, Fifth’s Disease, etc…Please review with your child:
- Handwashing with soap and water
- Sneezing/coughing into his/her sleeve or a tissue
- Not to share hats, hair accessories, combs/brushes, food or drinks.
- Encourage proper dress for cold weather (i.e. jackets, hats, gloves and closed toe shoes)
- Drink plenty of water
Vision and hearing screening is performed by the school nurse for all 7th-grade students, and as requested by parent/guardian or teacher for any other students.
Scoliosis screening is done for all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
The school nurse will send a referral letter to the parent/guardian if additional follow up is recommended.
Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions regarding the above screenings or if you receive a referral letter that you do not understand. If you do not have insurance to pay for a vision evaluation or a doctor's appointment, please contact your student's school nurse for assistance.