Health Room


Kristine Bryson
Nurse
355-6507
kbryson@greenville.k12.sc.us

Heather VanderVeen
Nurse
355-6518
hvanderveen@greenville.k12.sc.us
Health Room Information

Our hours are normally from 8:15 until 3:45 Monday through Friday during the school year. Please feel free to call or e-mail either Nurse Bryson or Nurse VanderVeen with questions. Our fax number is 864-355-9133.


Medications

Parents please be advised that the following rules are in place and must be followed.

Prescription Medications
  • All PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS must have the physician’s and parent/guardian’s signatures on the Prescription Medication Form. We cannot keep or store medication without the form being completed.
  • Medication must be in the original container, and have the PHARMACY LABEL, which has the correct administration instructions. This mean our orders from your student’s physician and the pharmacy label should agree with each other.
  • Parents/Guardians must bring medication into the health room. We will not accept medication from students.
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for knowing the expiration of medication brought to school, and replacing the medication before it expires. Nurses cannot administer expired medications.
  • If your student requires an inhaler or epi-pen, please complete the following forms by obtaining signatures from the physician and parent/guardian.
  • If your student must carry any medication, please complete the Self-Administration Form. Please note, this form also requires MD authorization. *Self admistration not permitted on controlled medications.
  • These procedures must be done for each school year. Orders do not carry over and medication is destroyed on the last day of school if not picked up.
Over the Counter Medications
  • Parent/Guardian must complete and sign the Over the Counter Medication Form.
  • Medication must be in a sealed container. It must be a NEW bottle, small in size, and labeled with your student’s name.
  • Parent/Guardian must bring this medication to the health room as well.
  • Nurses will administer medication per LABEL INSTRUCTIONS. Please note some medications state not to give to children younger than 18 years of age. Nurses will not administer more than label suggest.
  • Nurses will not administer expired medication.
  • Nurses cannot give medication with aspirin in it.
  • If your student must carry an over the counter medicine, a Self-Administration Form must be completed by a physician and parent/guardian. *Self admistration not permitted on controlled medications.
  • These procedures must be done for each school year. Orders do not carry over and medication is destroyed on the last day of school if not picked up.
Student Emergency Forms

Your student will receive a packet during the first week of each school year that includes the Student Emergency Form. Please complete the form, date and sign it, and return it to the school. These forms are kept in the health room and used as a resource to contact parents/guardians during emergency situations.

Student Visits to the health room

A teacher or administrator pass is required, except in emergencies. The nurses make every effort to keep students in school, however, if it is determined your child is too sick to remain at school, a parent/guardian must be contacted for dismissal. Please note students will only be sent home with the following illnesses: active vomiting or diarrhea, fever, or an injury that requires further evaluation by a physician.

Health Room Accommodations

All accommodations for students carried out through the health room require physician orders for each school year. This means if your student requires:

  • Health Room dismissals from school due to a chronic illness
  • Use of an elevator key
  • Extra time between classes
  • Extra bathroom privileges
The school nurses will need physician authorization for the accommodation to occur. This must be done for each school year. If the accommodation is not for the entire school year, it requires an end date.

Elevator Pass/Special Privileges

Please note if your student is injured or ill and requires short term use of the elevator, we need authorization from a Health Care Professional and the extent of how long it may be used. We have a limit on the number of keys we can obtain and do our best to provide for each student. If the key is lost or kept beyond the end date, a fine of $10 will be placed on the account and referred to administration.

Tdap Immunization Required for Rising 7th-11th Grade Students

Rising 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students must have the Tdap vaccination or their parent/guardian must submit an objector’s statement to their child’s school prior to the first day of school, Tuesday, August 22.

Students not meeting the Tdap vaccination requirement will not be allowed to attend school on the first day. Students new to Greenville County from other South Carolina counties or other states are granted a 30-day exemption from the date of the student’s enrollment.

The Tdap vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). State Law began the requirement for the Tdap vaccination in the 2013-14 school year. The Tdap vaccination is given by health providers, many pharmacies, and the Greenville County Health Department. For additional information, please contact the Health Department at 282-4100.

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