Health Corner

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SKCEE has a dedicated health para, Tamie Adams, five days a week, Mondays through Fridays (all day). We also have a school nurse, Patty Nakata. Patty is at our school one day a week, Wednesday (all day). Our Health Room is located next to the Main Office. When a Nurse is not available, the office personnel take care of any sick children or emergencies.

Our Health Staff is responsible for the maintenance of the following:

COVID-19 Guidance 
COVID-19 Response Team

The COVID-19 Response Team supports the district’s response to individual COVID-19 cases among staff and students. DPS must notify the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) of COVID-19 cases in order to support contact tracing while respecting personal health information. The COVID-19 Response Team works closely with DPS Nursing and Student Health Services supports the notification process and takes the load off of school leaders and other staff. If you have a positive case to report, please reach out to your school.

COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Students

We ask that parents ensure that their students are healthy and well before arriving at school.

Daily Symptom Screening Process: The student or parent/guardian must show school team members that they did an at-home screening using either the Student Safe Access COVID-19 screening tool or the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) paper instructions listed below before entering a school building or school activity site. This is different for ECE and child care — for ECE screening resources.

Can I Go to School Today?

Parents/guardians are responsible for making sure that their students are safe and healthy before arriving at school. Students and parents/guardians should screen their students for symptoms before they arrive in-person and temperatures should be taken at home if possible. At-home screening can be completed by a student and/or parent/guardian at home using paper instructions from CDPHE. To find out Denver’s current COVID-19 status.

At-home screening instructions in different languages:

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Students who do not pass their at-home screening should stay home and NOT come to school. If your student fails a health screening, please call the attendance line at school, notifying the school of illness. Do not notify Nursing & Student Health Services of a failed screen.                                     

When a student arrives at school, they may also be screened for symptoms. School staff may decide to take a student’s temperature.

At-home symptom screening for parents

Parents and guardians can use these symptom checklists to determine when to keep their child at home based on the level of COVID-19 transmission in their community (e.g. Is the community in Protect Your Neighbor or Safer at Home or Stay at Home). School staff can also use this tool to determine if they need to stay at home. Any student or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case should not go to school and should isolate or quarantine according to public health recommendations. 

These lists refer only to new symptoms or a change in usual symptoms. A student/ staff should not be kept home for usual symptoms they experience due to a chronic condition unless they are worse than usual. These guidelines are in addition to your regular school guidance (for example, a child with vomiting should also not attend school based on usual school guidance). 

If your child is/ you are experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms please call 911. 

Low Community Transmission (Protect Your Neighbors): 

If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/ stay at home, inform the school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider about COVID-19 testing and next steps for treatment.

Sustained Community Transmission (Safer at Home or Stay at Home): 

If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/ stay at home, inform the school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider about COVID-19 testing and next steps for treatment.

Communicable Diseases

Please call the school immediately if your child is absent from school due to a communicable disease. Precautions may need to be taken to protect other children.

Head Lice

DPS follows the Center for Disease Control (CDC) policies and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) guidelines for school settings regarding Head Lice. Resources:

Immunizations

At the time of admission, parent/guardian(s) must provide documentation of immunization status or exemption as required by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environmental (CDPHE). Immunizations must be updated and recorded as specified on the certificate of immunization or alternate certificate of immunization as supplied and approved by the CDPHE. Colorado law requires proof of immunization prior to or on the first day of admission.

Below are the vaccines required for students attending Colorado licensed child cares and schools. More information is available here: Child Care | School.

Vaccines required to enter Preschool
Vaccines required to enter school (K-12)

*Students 4 through 6 years of age are required to have their final doses of DTaP, IPV, MMR and Varicella prior to kindergarten entry. 

General Health Appraisals

This form is to be completed by a health care provider who has seen the child in the last twelve months. The statement must include when the next visit is required by the health care provider. If a child’s parent is a licensed physician, M.D. or O.D., it is legally acceptable for that parent to sign his or her own child’s form.

Children who have not met this requirement may not attend school until the form is completed or, if no appointment is made within 10 days  of notification the student can be withdrawn and replaced with a child from our school’s wait list.

Medications

If a student needs to take medications at school, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The medication must be a prescription.
  2. The medication must be in the original unopened container.
  3. The medication must be readable, including a clear identification of the name and type of medication.
  4. Medication must have a prescription label with the child’s name, drug identification, dosage instructions, doctor’s name and current prescription date.
  5. A Permission to Take Medication form must be signed by the parent/guardian for all medications.
  6. The nurse, health paraprofessional or office staff will administer medications.
    NOTE: Due to liability factors, over the counter medications, including but not limited to cough medicine, cough drops and aspirin cannot be administered at school.