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All students must supply a copy of their current immunization records on the first day of school.Free immunizations are provided by the Lake County Health Department.
Lake County Health Department
5320 - IMMUNIZATION
The School Board requires that all students be properly immunized against whooping cough, poliomyelitis, measles, diphtheria, rubella (German measles), tetanus, and mumps. Every child who enters kindergarten or grade 1 shall be immunized against hepatitis B, and chicken pox. From time to time other communicable diseases may be designated by the State Board of Health. In addition, in compliance with the policy of the Lake County Board of Health, all students enrolling in the school corporation for the first time must have had a tuberculosis skin test.
The Superintendent shall require parents to furnish, to their child's school, no later than the first day of school after enrollment, a written statement of the child's immunization accompanied by a physician's certificate or other documentation. Students whose parents do not provide the required documentation by the opening day of school may be admitted to school provided the documentation is received within twenty (20) days and is in accord with the Superintendent's administrative guidelines on immunization. If the student remains unimmunized at the close of the twenty (20) day period, the Superintendent shall commence expulsion proceedings, unless the parents have submitted a physician's statement that the needed immunizations are contra-indicated.
Exemptions to the immunization requirements shall be granted, in accordance with State law, only for medical, religious, or other reasons allowed by the State.
I.C. 20-8.1-7-2, 20-8.1-7-9.5, 10.1Revised 2/11/03
5330 - USE OF MEDICATIONS
The School Board shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness. The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, or the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours.
For purposes of this policy, "medication" shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a physician and nurse practitioner and any nonprescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies. "Treatment" refers both to the manner in which a medication is administered and to health-care procedures which require special training, such as catheterization.
Before any medication or treatment may be administered by school personnel to any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written prescription from the child's physician or nurse practitioner for all prescription drugs accompanied by the written authorization of the parent. In the case of nonprescription drugs, preparations, or remedies, a written authorization from the parent must be on file prior to administration of the treatment. These documents shall be kept on file in the office of the nurses office.
Before any prescribed medication or treatment may be administered to any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written prescription from the child's physician or nurse practitioner accompanied by the written authorization of the parent. Both must also authorize any self-medication by the student.
Before any nonprescribed medication or treatment may be administered, the Board shall require the prior written consent of the parent. Over-the-Counter medications are to remain in the school health office and will not be released to any student under the age of eighteen (18). Students age eighteen (18) or older may pick up their medications with written permission from a parent/guardian. (Exception: Self-administration of medicine for emergency medications that have been previously cleared through the school nurse/nursing staff). A physician or nurse practitioner’s signature is required on the possession and use of inhalers and epi-pens and the completed form must be on file in the school health office. Administration of all forms of medication shall be administered by the Corporation, in accordance with the Superintendent's guidelines. No student is allowed to provide or sell any type of over-the-counter medication to another student.
Only medication in its original container, labeled with the date of prescription, student's name, and exact dosage will be administered.
Medications are dispensed on a routine or as needed basis per parent request. In order to provide this service, parents need to be aware of the following:
A. School Delay Days:
The Board shall permit the administration by the school nurse of any medication requiring injection or the insertion of a device into the body when both the medication and the procedure are prescribed by a physician and the nurse has completed any necessary training.
Possession and Self-Administration of Medication is Permitted
Students are not permitted to carry medications on their person, in their locker, and may not possess or self-administer medications of any kind except under the following conditions:
A student with a chronic disease or medical condition may possess and self-administer medication for a chronic disease or medical condition if the following conditions are met:
A. The student's parent has filed an authorization with the nurse or nursing staff principal for the student to possess and self-administer the medication. The authorization must include the statement described in subdivision #B below.
The authorization and statement described above must be filed with nurse/nursing staff annually.
No student shall be allowed to keep medicine at school without permission and appropriate documentation as detailed above. Any medication to be administered to a student shall be brought to either the principal's office or the school nurses' office where it will be kept in a secure place. Outside of the above exceptions students are never authorized to possess, self-administer, or provide medications to another person.
Students who may require administration of an emergency medication may have such medication, identified as aforenoted, stored in the nurses office and administered in accord with this policy.
Medication that is possessed by a school for administration during school hours or at school functions, for students in grades K-12 may be released only to the student’s parent or to an individual who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and who has been designated, in writing, by the student’s parent to receive the medication.
School nurses are encouraged to obtain a release of information enabling them to speak directly with the student's physician or nurse practitioner and exchange information and records with the student's physician or nurse practitioner.
The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines to ensure the proper implementation of this policy.
5200 - ATTENDANCE
The School Board, as an agency of the State, is required to enforce regular attendance of students. The Board recognizes that the presence in the classroom enables the student to participate in instruction, class discussions, and other related activities. As such, regular attendance and classroom participation are integral to instilling incentives for the student to excel.
Attendance shall be required of all Corporation students, except those exempted under provisions of State law, during the days and hours that the school is in session or during the attendance sessions to which s/he has been assigned.
A student may not attend school if it is shown to the satisfaction of the Superintendent and approved by the State Board of Education that the mental condition of the student is such that s/he cannot benefit from instruction, or that the bodily condition of the student is such as to prevent attendance at school or that s/he is receiving instruction equivalent to that provided in public schools.
The Superintendent shall require, from the parent of each student who has been absent for any reason, a written statement and/or telephone call from the parent verifying the cause for such absence. The Board reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each single absence, or prolonged absence, or repeated unexplained absences and tardiness.
Repeated infractions of the Board's policy on attendance may result in the suspension or expulsion of a student.
The Board authorizes, but does not encourage, the Superintendent to suspend a student from a particular class or from school if sincere efforts by the staff and parents cannot rectify the pattern of absence.
The Board considers the following factors to be reasonable excuses for time missed at school:
Attendance need not always be within the school facilities, but a student will be considered to be in attendance if present at any place where school is in session by authority of the Board.
The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines for the attendance of students which:
Such guidelines should provide that a student's grade in any course is based on his/her performance in the instructional setting and is not reduced for reasons of conduct. If a student violates the attendance or other rules of the school, s/he should be disciplined appropriately for the mis-conduct, but his/her grades should be based upon what the student can demonstrate s/he has learned.
The Superintendent shall ensure that the administrative guidelines on attendance properly address the matter of truancy by including a process which:
The Superintendent shall also ensure that the Board's policy on attendance and the Corporation's administrative guidelines are made available to all parents and adult students.
511 I.A.C. 6-2-1(c)(12)