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Rock Creek USD 323

Rock Creek USD 323

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District 323 Nurses

    Audra Pendleton, BSN, RN                                                    Katy Ryan, BSN, RN                                    
   Middle and High School Nurse                                           Elementary School Nurse                
         Rock Creek Campus                                              St. George and Westmoreland Schools             
        PendletA@usd323.org                                                          ryank@usd323.org                               
  Cell number: (785) 458-9430                                          Cell Number (785) 844-1305      

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



Responsibilities of Parents (per student handbook)

Parents, guardians or other persons having custody of any child or children, shall not permit such a child or children to attend school if afflicted with or exposed to any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease that requires exclusions under the State Department of Health and Environment regulations.  Whenever a person is known or suspected to be afflicted with a notifiable disease (this includes contagious disease) and no physician is in attendance, an immediate report of the existence of the case shall be made to the local health officer or other persons in charge of the patient.  It is the parents'[guardians'] responsibility to consult a physician concerning a child's illness, and to keep home any child having a cough, sore throat, fever, skin eruptions, or other signs of illness.



 FORMS (last updated 8/08/2022)


Prescription/Long Term Medication Consent Form - For all prescription medications to be given at school, or any over the counter medication that will need to be stored at school for over a 2 week period, regardless of how frequently the medication is to be administered.

Non-Prescription/Temporary Medication Consent Form - Only good for 2 weeks. If the medication is needed longer than 2 weeks, "Prescription/ Long Term Medication Consent Form " will need filled out and signed by the doctor. USD 323 WILL NOT provide any over the counter medications. 

Self Administration of Epinephrine (Epi-Pen)  5th - 12th Grades only

Self Administration of Asthma Inhaler  5th - 12th Grades only

Immunization Requirements for 2021-2022 (no changes for 2022-2023 year)

Elementary Health Assessment Form  PreK - 6th grades, required once upon enrollment into USD 323 schools

KSHSAA Physical Form 7th-12th grade students, yearly for athletics participation OR once upon enrollment into USD 323 schools

Release of Information Form

Kansas Immunization Law Religious Exemption Form

Consent to COVID-19/Influenza Test


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 (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) products.


•Students should not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea, without the use of symptom reducing medication.


Pink eye- 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, or a physician note stating earlier return.


Strep throat-  Student may return 24 hours after prescribed antibiotics have been started and student is fever free and feeling well enough to attend classes.


Following the above guidelines helps prevent the spread of illness but also assures that your child feels ready to learn.  Students who are absent from school for more than 3 consecutive days with illness, will be asked to provide a healthcare provider note upon return to school.


Remember that the best protections from illness is prevention!  Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, stay home when you are ill, and get your yearly influenza shot.


Head Lice- USD 323 will following the guidelines set by KDHE and the CDC.  Children will not be excluded from school for head lice or nits.  Head lice can be a nuisance, but they have not been shown to spread disease and are not considered a public health hazard. Should a student be identified as having head lice, the school nurse will notify parents/guardians and will provide instructions concerning how to check for lice and nits, how to treat the student and their belongings, and encourage starting treatment to get rid of lice as soon as possible. The only people to be informed are the child's teacher, principal, school nurse (or designee), and parents/guardians. 


Medications at School

Elementary aged students (grades PreK- 4th grade) are not allowed to self carry into the classrooms any type of medications, including inhalers, cough drops, and other over the counter products.  If your student needs a medication available to them during the school day, please complete the appropriate medication form (listed above) and return the form along with the medication in it's original packaging labeled with your student's name to your elementary school nurse or main office. 


Middle School and High School aged students (5th grade -12th grade) are allowed to self carry Epi-Pens and inhalers during the school day, but are required to have the appropriate medication authorization on file in the nurse office.   If your student needs any other over the counter or Rx medication available to them during the school day, please complete the appropriate medication form and return the form along with the medication in it's original packaging labeled with your student's name to your middle/high school nurse or main office.  See forms above.



CoVid/Influenza Information


USD 323 is offering free CoVid and Influenza testing under a grant from KDHE for all students and staff through the 2022-2023 school year.  Please reach out to your school  nurse if you would like to discuss symptoms and testing options.


USD 323 will monitor and follow guidelines of the CDC, KDHE, and the Pottawatomie County Health Department. You can find the latest guidelines that USD 323 is following at the following links.

December 2022 testing update:

/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/44f600d1936ee/CoVid Update 8.8.22.pdf

CoVid Protocol August 2022:

/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/44f600d1936ee/COVID PROTOCOL 8_01_2022.pdf