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St. Peter School Health Office

The Health Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM during the school year.

Mrs. Ester Ackerman, BSN, RN can be reached at 202-544-1618 x 14 or at eackerman@stpeterschooldc.org

For your child’s safety, we request complete health information on the Student Health/Emergency Card, including any conditions and medications. As changes occur during the school year, please notify the school nurse. This information is confidential, but may be shared with other school personnel if relevant to safety or education.

All students must be completely immunized in accordance with the immunization requirements set by the District of Columbia Department of Health in order to attend school in DC.

New School Health Legislation

Under the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, DC law requires all students attending Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 in public, public charter, private, or parochial schools in the District of Columbia to have an annual physical and to submit a DC Universal Health Certificate, completed and signed by a physician or advanced practice nurse, to the school. The health certificate is valid for 365 days.

Therefore, complete physicals with up-to-date immunization records are required every school year for every grade. Your child's physical exam can be scheduled at any time during the year, particularly near his/her birth date, but must be performed each year within 365 days of the previous exam.  If your child is required to have specific immunizations for a particular age group or grade, we must have documentation that he/she has received the vaccine(s) by the first day of school or on file in the student’s health records. If your child is not compliant with required immunizations, he/she will not be admitted to attend classes.

 Dental exams are recommended every six months or annually for all grades. The DC Oral Health Assessment Form must be submitted once per school year.

These forms are listed under Student Life / Health Office Forms on the school website.

  

Student Illness

If a student becomes ill during the night or in the morning before coming to school, parents are to keep the child home. If a student reports to school ill or becomes ill during the school day, the parents will be called to pick up his/her child as soon as possible. Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date.

For the protection of the entire school community, no student is to be in school if he/she has a fever, diarrhea, or has vomited within 24 hours of school starting. A fever is a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.  A student must be fever-free without fever reducing medications (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours before returning to school.

 

If a student is ill with strep throat, he/she may not return to school until after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment. If a student is ill with bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), he/she may return to school after antibiotic treatment has begun.  Viral conjunctivitis with significant symptoms should be evaluated by a physician for adenovirus, which is contagious.

 

 

Student Absence or Tardy Protocol

On days when students are absent or significantly tardy, parents MUST call the school office (202-544-1618) no later than 8:45 AM on the day of the occurrence. They are to give the student’s name, grade, and the reason for the absence or tardy. If the office does not hear from the parent, a call will be made to ascertain where the child is. When an email is sent to the student’s teacher regarding an absence or tardy, please include the school office and the school nurse as recipients of the email jlowther@stpeterschooldc.org & eackerman@stpeterschooldc.org . A student must present a written note of explanation, signed by the parent, upon returning to school after an absence. In some cases, a note from a LHCP may also be necessary.

A student is considered absent if not present for 4 hours of the day. This also includes half days.

 

Food Allergies

Numerous St. Peter students have allergies to certain foods, particularly peanuts and nuts. For these students, an allergic reaction can be serious and sometimes life-threatening. Please keep this in mind as you prepare your child's snack and lunch and any other food for school parties or bake sales and avoid sending in food or other products containing peanuts, peanut butter, or nuts. When shopping for food, read the ingredients label to ensure the item does not contain peanuts or nuts. Since chocolate candy is frequently produced in facilities that also process peanuts, we ask that chocolate candy and bars not be sent in to the school due to the possibility of cross contamination. Also, encourage your child not to trade or share food unless permission is granted from the teacher.

 

Student Medication

Students may not have possession of any type of medication, prescription or over-the-counter. Only students requiring emergency medications (i.e. epinephrine, inhaler, or insulin) will be allowed to self-carry if a written order has been issued by the licensed healthcare provider (LHCP). St. Peter School assumes no responsibility for any medication administered by the student to him/herself.

 

Students requiring medication to be taken or available at school must have a new Student Medication Authorization Form and/or Inhaler Authorization Form on file at the beginning of each school year. Students requiring medication(s) for allergic reactions must also have a new Allergy Agreement & Action Plan on file at the beginning of each school year. Students requiring over-the-counter medications to be administered during the school day must have the Student Medication Authorization Form completed by the parent/guardian AND a licensed healthcare provider.

 

These forms are listed under Student Life / Health Office Forms. Please refer to the Student Medication Policy in the Student/Parent Handbook for complete details.