Health & Safety
To support students’ health, safety, and academic success PPS provides school health services in partnership with the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD). There is a nurse or nurses aide on site every day in the Kelly main office. Please contact the office to speak to our nurse if you have any questions about providing medicine to students, immunization needs, or for referrals to local health clinics.
To provide for your child’s special medical or mental health needs (for example diabetes, seizures or school anxiety) it is important to promptly tell the school:
- About new and changing health problems that can cause learning or safety problems at school.
- If your child is undergoing treatments that affect the immune system.
- When your child has a chronic health need that requires specialized care at school.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
If your child is enrolled in a “before or after school program” and needs medication/health assistance during these times, a separate supply of medication and a separate permission form from parent and/or doctor is needed. Consult with the program director regarding specific health and safety needs for your child in these programs.
- To decrease the spread of contagious conditions in schools:
- Tell the school if your child has a contagious disease such as chicken pox or pertussis (whooping cough).
- Do not send your child to school with a rash, fever, diarrhea or vomiting.
- To protect the health of students or other persons, certain diseases are reportable to the health department per law (OAR 333-18-000.) At such times, records and information may be disclosed to public health officials.
The school must have a way to reach you in an emergency. Tell the school immediately about changes in work and home addresses and phone numbers for both you and emergency contact persons.
Parents are encouraged to check their children regularly for head lice. Students with live lice will be excluded from school and sent home with lice treatment information. The student will be readmitted to school after treatment and re-examination for live lice. Any student with nits only will be allowed in school and monitored for re-infestation of lice. Current evidence does not support classroom or school-wide screening as a measure for decreasing the incidence of head lice among school age children.
Health information may be shared with school personnel on a “need to know” basis. This may include when this health information is necessary for school personnel to respond to your child’s health/safety needs, or if needed by the school team to develop an individualized education plan.
By allowing release of your child’s health information, you will ensure that your child will receive needed emergency health care should the need arise.
When you do not authorize release of health information, it may limit the type of care your child is able to receive.
Parents (and their eligible students) may generally access their own child’s record and can submit an amendment if they believe the record is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s rights of privacy.
Oregon Law says that vision and hearing screenings shall be done to help identify children’s health concerns. The nurse oversees these screenings. The usual screening schedule is:
Dental: Grades Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, and 7
Hearing: Grades Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1
Vision: Grades Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, and 7If you do not want your child included in these screenings you must submit a written request to the school each school year. Screening results for dental, hearing and vision are all sent home to parents.
IMMUNIZATIONS AND OREGON LAW
Oregon recognizes exemptions for nonmedical reasons. Information about nonmedical exemptions can be found here: www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption. To claim a nonmedical exemption, a parent must submit a Vaccine Education Certificate from a healthcare practitioner or from the online education module to the child’s school or childcare. In addition, the parent must check the appropriate boxes and sign the back of the Certificate of Immunization Status, available from the child’s school or childcare facility. Listing a vaccination history on the front of the Certificate of Immunization Status will not affect a parent’s ability to claim an exemption. In case of an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease in a community, the local health department has the legal authority to exclude from school or child care attendance any child who has not been completely immunized, including children with a nonmedical exemption.
MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION AT SCHOOL
The school’s nurse provides consultation about medication administration that must occur at school. Only medication that is necessary to be given during the school day will be kept at school. Remember to ask your medical provider if your child’s medication can be given outside school hours. This is safer for your child and easier for you. By Oregon law, if medication must be given at school, you must:
- Provide written permission (forms are available at school). Any change to the medication will require the parent to update the medication form at the time of the change.
- Make sure all medication (prescription and over the counter) is in its original container and marked with the student’s name. (Ask the pharmacist for an extra bottle for school when getting prescriptions.)
- All medication must be delivered to school by the parent or responsible adult designated by the parent. Students may not keep medications with them unless they are age-appropriate for the responsibility, have been identified as a self-manager, have written parent permission, and are cleared by the principal to do so.
- Make sure the school has an adequate supply of all medications required by your child.
- Pick up the medication when it is no longer needed at school. All medication not picked up by the end of the year will be destroyed.
SCHOOL BASED CLINICS
School based clinics are located at designated elementary, middle and high schools in Multnomah County. The clinic closest to Kelly is at Franklin High School @ Marshall Campus.
Franklin High School @ Marshall Campus Phone: 503-988-3370
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 7:45am - 3:45pm | Thurs, 8:45am - 4:45pm
Kelly ES Health Fair
October 3rd 10am-5pm