Health Services at SMCDS
As part of our comprehensive Health and Wellness program at SMCDS, we constantly offer wellness updates, digital links, and health advisories to our families. Below is a list of some of those links and advisories. Our ultimate goal is to raise health, happy children, and by partnering with parents we can collaborate to accomplish both family and school-based goals!
Health Examinations and Screenings
Mandated for all schools per section 7.0-21.0 of the Rhode Island State mandated Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs. (R16-21-SCHO)
Medical information and authorization for medical/surgical emergency care must be entered and updated every year in Powerschool.
Physical examinations are required at the beginning of the year for all students that are newly enrolled at St. Michael’s, entering Kindergarten or Seventh grade. Physical examinations must be completed by a licensed physician 12 months before the start of school, or within 6 months after the start of the school. Documented physical examinations and dates of required immunizations are submitted to the School Nurse.
Immunization assessments are reviewed annually for all students. SMCDS parents must fill out a religious or medical exemption form if their student(s) does not meet Rhode Island State requirements. Contact the School Nurse if you need an exemption form.
A cumulative school health record is maintained for each student enrolled at St. Michael’s. The school health record will remain confidential and be stored in a secure location. Information on health records include health history, screening results, health exam reports, documentation of School Nurse visits, documentation of medications administered, Individual/Emergency Health Care Plans, and accident reports. click here
Rhode Island Statutes require evidence of a lead poisoning screening before enrollment to Pre-K or Kindergarten, or a statement by the parent or guardian stating that this screening is contrary to that person’s beliefs.
You can find more information on lead abatement and lead hazards in the home here:
Vision screenings are conducted annually by the School Nurse for grades K-8. The results are forwarded to SMCDS parents only when the student’s vision test warrants further evaluation by a physician. SMCDS parents are always welcome to inquire about their student(s) testing results.
Hearing screenings are conducted annually by the State of Rhode Island Hearing Center for students in K through Third Grade, and for any student without prior history of a hearing screening. Click Here
General Scoliosis Screening
The State of Rhode Island recommends scoliosis screenings by a licensed physician starting in Sixth Grade and progressing through Eighth Grade. During this time, students may experience their largest period of growth, thus increasing their risk for scoliosis. Please refer to the following link for more information and contact your physician to set up an scoliosis evaluation. Click Here
Dental Health Screenings
SMCDS provides an annual dental presentation to the Second Grade to discuss dental hygiene.
First Aid and Emergencies
Medically approved written protocols and standing orders are in place and will be executed by the School Nurse and/or designated school faculty members in the event of a student injury, acute illness, or medical emergency (see standing orders). First aid training is provided by the School Nurse and or an outside source to specific school personnel who may be directly involved in managing an injury or medical emergency. The SMCDS procedures for health related emergencies are as follows:
1. Render immediate first aid for specific injury using medically approved standing
orders as a guideline,
2. School personnel will notify School Nurse immediately for emergent first aid;
3. Notify parents/guardians and other pertinent faculty members,
4. 911 will be called if the student requires immediate evaluation by a Medical
professional at the nearest available ER hospital.
5. If a parent or guardian is not present, a school staff member must accompany the
student in the rescue van; and
6. Emergency personnel will be provided along with any requested student health information that
that would facilitate further emergency care treatment.
Parents or Guardians are required to submit the following emergency information (updated annually in Powerschool):
- Home phone number;
- Work phone numbers for both parents;
- Phone numbers for two individuals who will be willing to pick up the child at school in case of illness or serious injury, and assume responsibility;
- Name and phone number of family physician in case of emergency;
- All information is documented before the start of the school year in Powerschool; and
- All telephone numbers are kept confidential.
Administering Medications to Students
The School Nurse is responsible for administering all medications that are to be given on campus when school is in session. click here The only exceptions to this rule would be if the School Nurse was not available and a student had an acute food allergy that required an emergent epi-pen administration, or if a parent wanted to administer medications to their child in the school setting.
All medications that are administered by the School Nurse shall be kept in a secured cabinet. Prescription medications that must be given during school hours on campus must have a doctor’s order. Medications should be delivered with a prescription label and secured properly in a medication bottle, case, etc. Medications given by teachers during off campus activities such as field trips, must be authorized by the parents and have a doctor’s order. (see Health Forms) Students in Middle School can, with a parents authorization, carry and self administer their own inhaler devices. A student’s medication that has expired cannot be administered by the School Nurse and must be replaced by the parents immediately.