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Health Services

The mission of Saint Joseph School student health services is to improve the health of our students so that they may learn at their full potential.
Tara Gaudreault RN, is the school nurse and is present on school days from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact her by email or call 636-464-9027 ext. 500.
Please review the school's Illness Policy if you have specific questions.

Medication Guidelines

Administration of Prescription and Non-prescription (over-the counter) Medication.

Ideally, all medications should be given at home. However, some students are able to attend school because of the effectiveness of medication in the treatment of chronic illness or disabilities. If a student requires prescribed or over-the-counter medication during the regular school, the following must be in place:
  1. An emergency authorization form signed by the parents or legal guardian, and the name and phone number of the student's physician.
  2. Physician's orders should detail:
  • The name of the student
  • The name of the medication
  • Dosage
  • Time interval the medication is to be given ( if, "as needed," a plan must be provided, such as "every 4 hours as needed for a headache")
  • Diagnosis or reason for medication

    *This pertains to prescription and non-prescription medications. Per Archdiocesan rules. 
Prescription medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy. The pharmacy label can act as a physician's order. Non-prescription medication must be in the original container. Ideally you will have two containers, one for home and one for school.

Students are not permitted carry any medication on their person during the school day, with the exception of Epipens, insulin, and inhalers for middle school students. As students with critical issues may require access to their emergency medication during the school day, a parental consent for student to carry and self-administer medication parent authorization/student contract must be signed.  In the case of elementary school students with severe allergies, an epipen can be requested to be kept in the classroom.  

Stock medications available:
Stock medications available to students without a physician's order:
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent 
  • Cough drops ( with parental permission) 
  • Lip balm
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Calamin lotion
Emergency stock medications available:
  • Epipen
  • Albuterol
Emergency equipment available:
  • AED
  • Nebulizer 

Concussion Policy

The school will facilitate an educational plan that allows students with a diagnosed concussion to heal from their injury:
  1. A Medical Release of Information signed by parents, along with the physician-recommended accommodations, will be submitted to the nurse. 
  2. The nurse will communicate the accommodations to the student's teachers.
  3. The school nurse is available as needed during the school day from 9:30 AM- 1:30 PM should concussion symptoms appear. 
  4. The administration will consider academic modifications such as incompletes and extensions per ongoing medical diagnosis.
Recommendations to parents/guardians: 
  1. Restrict participation in any strenuous activities until he/she is symptom free. 
  2. Limit exposures to school events and screen time at home to allow for time to heal. 

Winter Recess Guidelines

As we enter into the winter season, we believe outdoor recess is an important and valuable part of the students' day. Fresh air, exercise, and time spent outside afford students a break from the structure of the classroom. Teachers agree that students perform best at school when they have an opportunity for vigorous outdoor play, so we try to get them out whenever possible. However, because there are times when it is not safe for children to be outdoors, we will be following the guidelines listed below to determine whether we will have inside or outside recess.
It will be imperative that your child is dressed appropriately (jackets, gloves, and hats) for the cold weather and prepared to play outdoors. Every child will need to wear pants (no shorts) and a coat in order to go outside for recess.
The National Nurses' Association has established the following guidelines for outdoor recess during the winter months:
Feels like 25 degrees and above (considers wind chill factor) - Outdoor recess
Feels like 24 degrees or below (considers wind chill factor) - Inside recess

Health Records

All students are required to have the following:
  1. A completed emergency form
  2. Emergency Medication consent form
  3. A medical history
  4. A complete physical examination should be completed for new students and students entering grades K, 3, 6. 
  5. A completed immunization record with mandatory immunization dates or Religious/Medical exemption form. 
Students with chronic health conditions or severe allergies should also provide an action/care plan, and/or medication administration form.

Required Immunizations


DTap/Dt - 4+
IPV - 3+
Hib - 3+ 
Hepatitis B - 3+ 
PCV (Pneumococcal) - 4+ 
MMR - 1+
Varicella - 1+

Kindergarten - 8th Grade

DTap/Dt - 4+
IPV - 3+
Hib - 3+ 
Hepatitis B - 3+ 
PCV (Pneumococcal) - 4+ 
MMR - 2+
Varicella - 2+
Students entering school, and all new students also need a TB skin test. 

8th grade students also require a TD booster and the Meningococcal vaccine. 

Please Note: Although it is not required for attending school The ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommends that all children be appropriately immunized with Rotavirus, influenza, and Hepatitis A.


Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

Dear School Community,

The safety of our children while they are in our care is paramount to us.
We are implementing a brand-new lifesaving Cardiac Emergency Response Plan, which has earned us an AED as part of Parent Heart Watch's Get Charged Up! program.

The statistics are startling. There are between 7,000 to 23,000 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in youth each year. It's the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses.
What's more, across the United States, even the best emergency medical services (EMS) systems can't reach cardiac arrest victims for at least 3 to 5 minutes. Given survival decreases by 10% each minute without emergency intervention, the actions taken by bystanders during the first few minutes of a cardiac emergency are critical. Prompt action can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, which on average is 10%.
It has been proven that a carefully orchestrated response to cardiac emergencies will reduce death and disability and we are proud to have made this a priority in our district.

What is a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan?
Simply put, it is a written and well-practiced response to a cardiac emergency at school that orients the campus community to starting hands-only CPR and using the onsite AED—similar to what everyone knows about the importance of fire drills and fire extinguishers. The plan was created by 12 national health and safety organizations led by the American Heart Association, and Parent Heart Watch launched Get Charged Up! to put the plan into action.
 Participating schools earned an automated external defibrillator (AED), which studies show when used within the first minute of collapse can increase the victim's chance of survival to 90%!
How can you help?

June 1 - 7 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week—a great time to take a moment to learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival so you will be prepared to save a life anywhere sudden cardiac arrest strikes—in school, on the field, at home, at work or in the community.

1. Take 60 seconds to watch Call Push Shock
2. Learn hands-only CPR (you don't have to be certified to use it!)
3. Know where your school's AED is located (the only device that will restart a heart)
4. Understand more about Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth
5. Learn how a Cardiac Risk Assessment can help prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest          
Please direct your questions to Tara Gaudreault  at 636-464-9027  Ext. 500 You can also visit