Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act
Greenville County School District policy requires that all medication, whether prescription and over-the-counter, have the proper medication forms completed before the medication can be given at school. Forms are available at:
1. All medication must be delivered to the school by the student’s parent or legal guardian. Students are prohibited from carrying any medication (including Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough drops, Tums) of any kind without written permission from the physician and the parent.
2. Absolutely no medication can be given without written parental permission.
3. The school nurse may not administer the 1st dose of any medication. (Students should be monitored by the parent for possible side effects following the first dose)
4. School nurses may only administer medications that are FDA approved.
5. All medication must be in the original container. No medications will be given from zip lock bags or envelopes.
6. No medication that contains aspirin can be given without a doctor’s authorization. (Pepto Bismal, Excedrin, etc.)
7. No medication is supplied by the school. The health room does not provide Chapstick, calamine lotion, antibiotic ointment, contact solution, or Orajel for students. If a student requires these items, they must be supplied by and brought to the health room by the parent and the appropriate forms must be completed.
If your child comes to the health room and needs to go home we must contact a parent or legal guardian. We rely on the Student Information form that was sent home in the first day packet for this information. Please make sure your form is current and up to date. Only individuals on this form may pick up your student. You must notify the guidance department to change or add any information.
Please note that ANYONE, including parents, must show a picture ID to pick your student up. Please understand this is for your child’s protection.
One (1) dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) is now required for all 7th and 8th grade students. Tdap is routinely administered at 11-12 years of age. Parents must provide their child's school with documentation of the Tdap immunization, a religious exemption or a medical exemption. Parents are encouraged to submit documentation as soon as possible. If documentation is not provided before the first day of school, the student will not be allowed to start school.
All students must have a South Carolina Certificate of immunization or a South Carolina Religious Exemption on file at school.
If a student comes from out of state, a 30 day Special Exemptions will be given to the student to allow time for immunization records to be obtained. After 30 days, per South Carolina law, the student will be unable to attend school without the proper certificate.
You can obtain more information or make an appointment from the Greenville County health department at 855-4SC-DHEC.
School Based Health Services - In addition to our school nurse, the School-based Health Center of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Children's Health & Advocacy is a medical clinic within your child's school that offers a range of health care services.
All 7th grade students will be screened for distant vision. If he/she does not pass this screening, you will be notified that your child needs further evaluation by a physician or optometrist. If you receive this notification, please have the letter completed and return it to the school nurse.