Welcome to Wood River Rural Schools Health Information page!
Kim Woitaszewski, RN
Elementary: 583-2525Middle/High School: 583-2249
Nebraska State Law requires ALL kindergarten students to have a complete physical and vision exam prior to the first day of school. In addition, 7th graders and new students to Nebraska are required to have a complete physical on file at the school as well as certain immunizations to be eligible to attend school. Please refer to the current immunization schedule to make sure your child meets the State identified criteria. Remember to send a copy of your child's immunizations when they get a vaccine; school health files need to be up to date.
Sports physicals for 7-11th graders will be scheduled in May; the date will be forthcoming.
Whenever possible, your child should be given medications outside of school hours. In the event that it is necessary that the child have medication at school, written permission from the parent or guardian requesting the school to administer the medication is required. Medication must be provided to the School by the Parent/Guardian and given to the School Nurse. Repackaged medications will not be accepted. Detailed instructions on the drug name, dose, and intervals to be taken are necessary. All medicine is to be stored and administered in the Nurse’s office. Students are not to carry medication with them or store it in their desks or lockers, for their security and the safety of others.
Parents will be notified when a child becomes ill at school. Conditions requiring a student to be sent home include: temperature at or greater than 100 degrees, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained rashes, head lice or any condition which presents a health risk to others, or prevents meaningful participation in the educational program. Students should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. A student may not return to school until 24 hrs after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. Also, when antibiotics have been prescribed, students need to be on them for 24 hrs before they return to school (like for strep throat, pink eye, etc).
Head lice are common in children. This information is meant to educate parents on the importance of checking their own children throughout the school year for head lice. It also lists prevention strategies that parents and schools should be practicing throughout the entire school year. Click here for the full article.
Don’t Hesitate - Report Child Abuse or NeglectRecently, questions have been asked about when to call the Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-800-652-1999. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), state law* says that anyone who has reasonable cause to believe a child has been subjected to child abuse or neglect, or observes conditions that reasonably would result in child abuse or neglect, is obligated to report the information to law enforcement or the DHHS hotline.
“When in doubt, always call the child abuse hotline at 1-800-652-1999,” said Kerry Winterer, CEO of DHHS. Based on the findings, trained law enforcement officers and DHHS staff can then do their investigations and see if the child is experiencing abuse or neglect. When someone calls the hotline, a specially trained worker goes through an extensive list of questions, gathering all of the information needed to determine if an investigation should occur.
There is not a risk to the caller because names of callers are kept confidential. Because investigations are also confidential, the caller may not know if action is taken or an investigation is conducted. “Please keep reporting it if you think a child is in danger,” Winterer said. “DHHS keeps all reports, so even if one situation doesn’t meet the definition of abuse or neglect, you can help establish a pattern over time that may in itself trigger an investigation.”
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