The School recognizes its responsibilities to help protect the health of students. Parents are
required by state law to fill out an Emergency Medical Authorization Form. These are kept in
the front office and used in emergencies.
Groveport Community School shall have on file for each student an emergency medical
authorization form providing information from the parent(s) or guardian on how they wish the school to proceed in event of a health emergency involving the student and authorization for the
school in case emergency action must be taken.
Your child must meet county and state health regulations for entrance to school. The school
checks health records each year and will supply you with an immunization request form for
necessary immunizations that your child needs. Students that have not presented written
evidence confirming that the minimum immunization requirements have been met shall be
excluded from School on the fifteenth day of the school year. Written statements of objection to
immunizations due to parent’s or guardian’s religious reason are filed in the student’s health
A pupil is also exempt if they present a physician’s statement that immunization is medically
contraindicated. A signed statement of history of measles or mumps may be substituted for the
measles or mumps vaccinations. However, a history of rubella may not be substituted for rubella
When a student becomes ill at school, the parent will be notified to make arrangements to have
the child picked up from school within a reasonable time. Students will not be permitted to ride
a bus home, for the health safety of the other passengers. Any student suspected of having a
communicable disease will be asked to see a physician for examination and recommendation for
exclusion from school. Readmission will be allowed by a physician’s statement (doctors’
A child who is ill will not perform well at school, and may be exposing the other students in the
classroom. Please keep your child home if any of these symptoms are present: a fever of 100
degrees or greater, an undiagnosed rash, an earache or draining ear, diarrhea or vomiting, severe
sore throat, persistent or severe cough, persistent or severe headache, or a known communicable
disease. If your child is sent home with a fever of 100 degrees or greater, they must be fever-free
without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
Please call by 9:00 a.m. on days your child is ill. You may call before the office opens and leave
a message. When reporting student absences, please report any of the following communicable
diseases: chicken pox, conjunctivitis (pink eye), fifth disease, hepatitis, influenza (fever, upper
respiratory infection, headache, and body aches), measles, mumps, meningitis, strep throat, lice,
ringworm, and scabies. This information is helpful in the control of illness among students (a
medical excuse may be required upon returning to school).
All kindergarten, first, third, fifth and seventh graders will be screened for adequate vision and
hearing. Referral forms will be mailed to parents when further evaluation by a physician is
From time to time students get head lice. Lice is highly contagious. If your child is found to
have lice and/or louse eggs (nits) you are required to pick him/her up immediately. The student
must be treated and report to the school office before he/she is allowed back in the classroom.
Treatment advice is available through the school office or your doctor. Most children can be
treated and return to school within 24 hours.
BED BUG POLICY
Since bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, students will not be excluded from school due
to bed bugs. If it is suspected that a student has bed bugs, they will be removed discreetly from
the classroom so the school nurse or qualified individual can perform an inspection of the
student’s clothing and belongings. If bed bugs are found, nonessential items for the school day
such as book bags and coats will be put into a large plastic bag and tightly sealed. The parents
will be notified immediately by the school nurse or school administration. Further instructions
will be given to the parents on how to send the student to school the following day.
Except in situations required by law, no medication will be administered by School staff.
Per the Ohio Revised Code students are permitted to possess and use a metered dose or dry
powder asthma inhaler to alleviate or prevent asthmatic symptoms. In addition, students are
permitted to carry and use an epinephrine injector to treat anaphylaxis (an intense allergic
reaction) aka Epi-Pen. Written approval must be obtained from the Student’s physician, and, if
the Student is a minor, from the Student’s Parent. New authorization forms must be submitted at
the beginning of each school year. The parent/guardian agrees to submit a revised statement
signed by the parent/guardian and physician if any of the information originally provided to the
The Physician’s written approval must include the following information:
- The name and address of the Student;
- The School in which the Student is enrolled;
- The name and dose of the medication contained in the inhaler or auto injector;
- The circumstances in which the auto injector should be used;
- The date the administration of the drug is to begin;
- The date the administration of the drug is to cease (if applicable);
- Acknowledgement that the prescriber has determined that the Student is capable of possessing
and using the auto injector appropriately and has provided the Student with training in the proper
use of the auto injector;
- Any severe adverse reactions that should be reported to the prescriber and one or more phone
numbers at which the prescriber can be reached in an emergency as well as one or more phone
numbers at which the Parent, Guardian or other person having care or charge of the Student can
be reached in an emergency;
- Special instructions for administration of the drug by the Student;
- Written instructions outlining procedures school employees should follow in the event the
Student is unable to administer the medication or the medication does not provide adequate
- A list of adverse reactions that may occur to a child for whom the medication was not intended
who uses the medication; and
- And any other special instructions.
The School must have the above stated documentation provided by the physician and Parent or
guardian if the Student is a minor in order to allow a student to use an asthma inhaler or
epinephrine auto injector.
The School has adopted a separate policy regarding the care of diabetic students. If a student is
diabetic the student/Parent should notify the School Administrator.