• NMAPA’S Clinic Corner

    When to keep your child at home:

    • Fever of 100.4 degrees with symptoms
    • Nausea, recurring vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
    • A sore throat
    • A persistent cough
    • Red inflamed or discharging eyes
    • Any open sore oozing fluid or pus
    • Rash with fever or signs of illness
    • Suspected impetigo, lice, or scabies that is not being treated
    • Earache
    • Any other unusual signs or symptoms of illness

    If you have any questions about these procedures, please call the clinic.

    Clinic Cards

    Should the need arise to treat your child in the clinic, it is imperative that parents complete a Clinic Card at the beginning of school. It must include current address and phone number, medical conditions, emergency numbers, and a valid parent signature. If changes occur during the year, parents should notify the school.  A Clinic Card must be on file before students are allowed to check out.

    Over The Counter Medications

    Administering over-the-counter medications at school is discouraged.  Students may not have over-the-counter medications in their possession and may not share medications of any kind with fellow students.

      • If a student must have an over-the-counter medication to attend school, the parent/guardian must furnish a written request for the school to supervise the medication administration. This request must include the student’s name, medication, dose, and time to be administered.  Medication must be kept in the clinic in the original container. If the medication is to be administered for more than one day, a Medication Request Form must be completed.
      • THE SCHOOL CANNOT GIVE ANY MEDICATION UNLESS A PARENT BRINGS IT TO SCHOOL TO THE CLINIC WITH THE SIGNED FORM. This includes cough drops, Neosporin, peroxide, eye drops, or other over-the-counter medications.

    Prescription Medications

    Taking medications during school hours is discouraged. Parents are asked to arrange medication schedules so that it is not necessary for medication to be taken at school. If the treating physician prescribes medication administration at school, the parent must complete the Administration of Medication Request and return it to the school.  The information on the form must be the same as that on the prescription container label. The school will not accept medication sent to school in a baggie or any container other than the container provided by the pharmacy. If medications must be given over a period, the Administration of Medication Request must be updated yearly. Students may not have prescription medications in their possession or share these medications with others.

    A student who has asthma may possess, and is permitted to self-administer, asthma medication prescribed for them by their physician.  The student will be allowed to self-administer asthma medication while at school, at a school-sponsored activity, while under the supervision of school personnel, or during, before, or after school care on school operated property—contact clinic personnel to obtain the forms required for self-administration of asthma medication.