Summer Abbott, RN
Welcome to Chapman High School! As the school nurse, my job is to inform you & your child of ways to keep your child healthy & to assist you in managing your child’s health conditions while they are in school. I have 13 years of nursing experience, with a background in pediatrics, obstetrics, & post surgical care of orthopedic & ear, nose, & throat procedures. I look forward to helping your child stay healthy, so they can focus on learning.
Please feel free to call me if you ever have any questions or concerns about your child’s health. 864-472-2836. My office is open on all school days, beginning at 7:50 am. Please be sure to notify the school as soon as possible if you have a new phone number, so I can reach you in case of emergencies. You, or someone designated by you, will need to be available to pick up your child in case of emergencies, or illnesses that are thought to be contagious.
Help prevent the flu by practicing good hygiene!
Hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of germs. Start this habit at home. Teach your children to wash their hands after using the restroom, before eating or preparing food. Anytime they touch something that could be contaminated with germs, such as door handles or money, they should avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth, until they have an opportunity to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Instruct them to use tissue to wipe their nose & dispose of it properly as soon as possible to prevent germ spread. When coughing, instruct them to cover their mouth, either with a tissue or by placing the curve of their arm in front of their mouth. Do not cough directly into hands, as this can spread germs.
When to keep your child home from school:
*Please keep your child at home if they feel too sick to come to school.
* They should be fever free for more than 24 hours without fever reducing medications before returning to school.
*For flu like symptoms, which are: cough, headache, sore throat, and body aches. If your child has 2 or more of these symptoms, along with a fever, they may have the flu.
*Please do not send your child to school if actively vomiting or having diarrhea. Feed them a diet low in sugar & fat & encourage them to drink plenty of fluids, such as Gatorade or sprite. They may return to school when vomiting & diarrhea stop as long as there is no fever.
* If diagnosed with strep throat, your child should be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours & be fever free before returning to school.
* Do not send your child to school if they have a rapidly spreading rash, especially if they experience behavioral changes with it or have a fever.
* If your child has head lice, you must complete one treatment before bringing them to school.
To view the full school exclusion list go to: http://www.scdhec.gov/health/disease/exclusion.htm
For helpful information on the following conditions, please click on the link:
*If your child has to take medication daily, please try to give it at home when at all possible. When medication must be given at school, you must fill out & sign a medication form & the medicine must be brought to school in the original container, with the child’s name on it. We are no longer able to dispense any over the counter medications, including Tylenol, Benedryl, cough drops, & Neosporin, unless they are brought into the nurses office with the required paperwork. No one in the building is allowed to give your child medication other than the school nurse or a substitute school nurse. If neither are available, the medication will not be given, unless a parent or guardian comes to the school & gives the medication. For any medication you are sending to school, please complete one of the following forms:
Preventative Health Care:
District One Schools screen your child yearly (at no cost to you) for the following:
9th grade- vision
10th grade- dental
11th grade- blood pressure
*If abnormal results are found during the screening, a letter will be sent home with your child.
*Our dental screenings are provided by Healthy Smiles. Healthy Smiles is a free dental clinic, for those students who do not have insurance or Medicaid, but qualify for free or reduced lunch based on income level. If you think you may qualify & would like more information, call me or visit HealthySmiles.pdf