Health Office

Welcome to the ORHS Health Office Website.  

School Nurses, Kim Wolph, & Ian Riddell, staff the ORHS Health Office during school hours.  We will be updating this website with information throughout the school year.  Below please find several health practices in place to keep the students healthy, and ready to learn. 

ILLNESS POLICY

To ensure a healthy environment we will dismiss all ill students who compromise their own health or the health of the school population to their parents or guardians. Students who have had diarrhea, vomiting, and/or a temperature over l00 degrees should be kept home until free from symptoms, without the aid of medication, for not less than 24 hours.  A child with a bacterial infection that can be spread to other children (strep throat, impetigo, etc.) must be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school. 

MEDICATION POLICY

The State of New Hampshire dictates that all medication, both over-the-counter and prescription, be administered through the health office.  All medication must be brought to the school by a parent in the original container, clearly marked with the student's name and dosage.  Laws regarding dispensing medications are strict:

Over-the-Counter Medication

Parent must sign a school form allowing the nurse to dispense the medication. Click Here for Parent's Request/Permission to Administer Medication school form.

Prescription Medication

Parent must sign the Parent's Request/Permission to Administer Medication form, and the medication must be in a prescription bottle. A note written by your child's doctor which includes date, name of medication, diagnosis, directions, duration of administration, and possible side effects must accompany the prescription. A form is available on line for this purpose (click here for Physician Medication Order). Ask the pharmacy to divide the medication into two bottles, one for home and one for school.Chronic illnesses and allergies should be made known to the school nurse. Medication prescribed by the physician for these conditions should be supplied to the school as outlined above.

FOOD ALLERGIES 

Serious food allergies in children are becoming more common. Just traces of certain foods can cause life threatening reactions in susceptible people. Peanuts are the most common but are not the only offender.  We are not a peanut free school; however, depending on the age of the child and the nature of the allergy, we may make a classroom peanut free.  Please make sure your child understands they are not to trade foods with other children. What is okay for them may be life threatening to another child.  Explain that there is no eating on the bus.  Some children can react if they just come in contact with certain foods.   Washing hands frequently removes trace foods that can be spread unknowingly resulting in reactions. Please do not send in food/treats for the whole class unless specifically asked for by the classroom teacher.  This is for the protection of all children.