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School Health Services in Lafayette County are provided by the Lafayette County Health Department. The Lafayette County Health Department employs a school health coordinator, an RN, an LPN and two school health aides for the Lafayette County school system.
Parent Information for School Entry
School Entry Health Examination
Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade who are making their initial entry into a Florida school must present a record of a physical examination completed within the past 12 months. The exam record should be taken to the child's school upon enrollment. It is recommended that Florida's standardized School Entry Exam form (DH 3040) be used to document completion of a physical examination.
The Florida Certification of Immunization, Form 680, must be used to document the immunizations required for entry and attendance in Florida schools. Current requirements for the 2012-2013 school year are:
Public/Non-Public Schools Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Additional Seventh Grade Requirements
One tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap vaccine) effective 2009-2010 For more information on immunizations, call (850) 245-4342 or visit the Bureau of Immunization.
Puberty & Abstinence Classes
4th - 6th Grade Puberty Classes
Your student will have the opportunity to participate in a Puberty, Growth and Development class at Lafayette High School. The curriculum involves discussing students’ physical changes in their bodies during the ages of 11-18 years old. Girls and boys will be divided and spoken to separately to prevent embarrassment and encourage participation. This presentation will be conducted during a non-core academic class. If you do not want your student to participate, contact the LES or LHS Clinic or send a written request.
7th & 8th Grade Abstinence Classes
All 7th & 8th grade students will have an opportunity to participate in an Abstinence Program (Postponing Sexual Involvement). This program is designed to teach students to think about their future goals, how to reach those goals, and recognize things that can get in the way of achieving those goals. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions, ask questions, and formulate positive and healthy answers/outcomes. If you do not want your student to participate, contact the LHS Clinic or send a written request. Parents are encouraged to speak with their student about postponing sexual involvement and focus on the importance of their education and future goals. Please remember, if you are not talking to your student about postponing sex who is?
Head Lice Policy
Lafayette County School Board has a “No Nit” policy. This means your student will be excluded from school until the nits/lice are removed. It is important for you to bring your student back to the School Clinic so that your student can be cleared to return to school. Routine head lice screenings will be conducted throughout the school year. The Lafayette County Health Department does not recommend the use of head lice shampoos containing pesticides. The most important thing you can do for your student is to remove all nits and lice. It is also recommended that you do a weekly check of your student’s hair. This way if your student does have an infestation, it can be caught early and require less time in removing nits/lice.
School Health Screenings
The following screenings are provided to students per Florida requirements. If you don’t want your student to receive these screening services, please notify the School Clinic. You may request these screenings at anytime for your student even if they are in a different grade by notifying the School Clinic.
Our Number One goal is to keep the students in class. Students and teachers can expect the clinic staff to maintain the following guidelines:
If students require medication, we ask that you PLEASE arrange to give it to them while at home. If it is necessary for your student to have medication or medical treatment administered during school hours, SPECIAL RULES APPLY!!
Melissa Pearson, RN School Health Coordinator
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