USD 323 District Nurse
Katy Ryan, BSN, RN
Elementary School Nurse
St. George & Westmoreland Schools
Audra Pendleton, BSN, RN
Rock Creek Middle School Nurse
Rock Creek High School Nurse
Cell number: (785)458-9430
Rock Creek Campus (Both middle and high school) Phone: (785)494-8591
SGES Phone: (785)494-2482, (785)494-2492
WES Phone: (785)457-3462, (785)457-3374
COVID-19 Physician Release Form-Form that needs filled out by a provider if your child is displaying 2 or more COVID 19 symptoms before returning to school.
Vaccine consent form- Flu shot or other required vaccine consent form for Pottawatomie Co. Health Department.
Permission for Prescription Medication Form- For all prescription medications to be given at school.
Permission for Over the Counter Medication form-Only good for 2 weeks. If needed longer than 2 weeks, "Permission for Prescription Medication" form will need filled out and signed by the doctor. USD 323 WILL NOT provide any over the counter medications.
Permission for self-administration Asthma Medication Form -5th - 12th Grade only.
Health Assessment Form -(PreK-6th grade) 2021 update
KSHSAA Sports Physical Form(updated form)-7th-12th grade
General Illness Guidelines
•Students must be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. A fever is 100 degrees F or greater. Fever free means without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
•Students should not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
•Pink eye- Students may return after seeing a doctor. Student may return 24 hours after prescribed eye drops have been started, unless their behavior is such that close contact with other students cannot be avoided.
Following the above guidelines helps prevent the spread of illness but also assures that your child feels ready to learn.
Also, remember to wash/sanitize your hands often, stay home when you are sick, and get a flu shot every year!
10/29/2021 COVID UPDATES IN CAPS:
Per USD 323 policy, if your child is being sent home with 2 or more COVID 19 symptoms, they need to be further evaluated by their healthcare provider before returning. This is to make sure they are safe to be at school. It will be up to the provider if they feel like your child needs tested for COVID or not. Below is a list of symptoms for children from the CDC website. If a student OR OTHER HOUSEHOLD MEMBER is being COVID tested OR HAS A PENDING PCR COVID TEST all siblings/MEMBERS OF THE HOME need to stay home until results are in.
ALL USD323 SCHOOL NURSES NOW HAVE TESTING KITS AVAILABLE FOR RAPID ANTIGEN COVID TESTING AND PCR COVID TESTING WITH SAME DAY RESULTS.
STAFF AND STUDENTS HAVE THE OPTION TO ENTER THE TEST TO LEARN, TEST TO STAY PROGRAM IF THEY ARE IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT OF A POSITIVE CASE OF COVID. NEGATIVE TESTING GIVES STAFF/STUDENT ACCESS TO SCHOOL ONLY WHILE WEARING A MASK, AS LONG AS HEALTHY. THESE PERSONS NEED TO REMAIN IN QUARANTINE STATUS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS AND SHOULD NOT BE ATTENDING ANY EVENTS or SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.
IF YOU OR YOUR STUDENT NEEDS TO BE TESTED, OR YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEST TO LEARN/STAY PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE DISTRICT NURSES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Symptoms and Severity of COVID-19 in Children:
The incubation period of SARS-CoV-2 appears to be about the same for children as in adults, at 2-14 days with an average of 6 days.10
Signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in children include:
- Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Poor appetite or poor feeding
Children infected with SARS-CoV-2 may have many of these non-specific symptoms, may only have a few (such as only upper respiratory symptoms or only gastrointestinal symptoms), or may be asymptomatic. The most common symptoms in children are cough and/or fever.11-15 A recent systematic review estimated that 16% of children with SARS-CoV-2 infection are asymptomatic,16 but evidence suggests that as many as 45% of pediatric infections are asymptomatic.17 The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children are similar to other infections and noninfectious processes, including influenza, streptococcal pharyngitis, and allergic rhinitis. The lack of specificity of signs or symptoms and the significant proportion of asymptomatic infections make symptom-based screening for identification of SARS-CoV-2 in children particularly challenging.17