Berlin Area School District employs one full time registered nurse to manage BASD's Health Services for the district’s 1,500 students and over 200 staff members. Each school has at least one employed part-time person designated as the Health Aide and each school has a designated Health Room where the student may receive first aid and health care as needed. The members of our School Health Team are trained in American Red Cross CPR and First Aid. They are certified to give oral, inhalant, and topical medications through the Wisconsin DPI Medication Administration Medication Course.
At the beginning of the school year, parents will need to complete information on the BASD PowerSchool registration site regarding Emergency Information and an Annual Health History for each of their children enrolled in school. In addition, Wisconsin Law requires that all children must have a complete immunization record on file by the first day of school. You may obtain a record at from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry or from your health care provider if you do not have this information at home.
Kindergarten children should also have their Physician Exam Form, Immunization Record, Vision Exam Form, and Dental Exam Form completed. These forms should be returned the first week of school or sooner. Forms may be obtained from the school office or under Health Forms on this website.
All incoming 6th graders need a Tdap booster prior to the first day of school.
Emergency information is the most important piece of data the school needs especially in the event that a child may become unconscious or in an extreme emergency condition. Please keep your child’s emergency information updated by notifying the school of ANY changes as soon as possible.
Vision screening is done once a year for elementary-age children as time allows. Parents are notified of abnormal findings. Referrals for vision screening may be made by parents and/or school personnel for other students.
Hearing screening is done as part of the 4-year-old kindergarten program and on a referral basis. Children who did not attend 4-year-old kindergarten or missed hearing screening in 4-year-old kindergarten may have hearing tested in 5-year-old kindergarten. Referrals for hearing screens can be made by parents, physicians, teachers, or other concerned school professionals. Parents are notified of abnormal results.
Scoliosis screening will be done only if requested by a parent or guardian. Mass screening is no longer performed as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians. Please call the school nurse if you have questions about scoliosis screening.
Body Mass Index (BMI) may be measured once a year through physical education classes, health education classes, or school health for all grades. This is a useful informational tool for parents and school personnel to help children achieve awareness in good health practices. These good health practices include exercise and nutrition. Obesity is increasing for every age group throughout the United States. Our goal is to increase the awareness of all people in wellness practices that affect the health of our children and their future.
If a child feels ill during the school day, he/she should report to the classroom teacher. The teacher will then refer the child to health services or the school office as needed. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES is the student to “just walk home”. For obvious safety reasons, the child needs to report to an adult at school and that adult will make sure the child’s parents are notified as necessary.
When to keep a child home
- Children with an oral temperature of 100.3 F or higher should stay home until they have a normal temperature for 24 hours. Fever-free does not count if there is no fever because the child took Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol). The child’s temperature has to be down on its own.
- Cold symptoms serious enough to interfere with the child’s learning.
- Coughing that interferes with the child’s learning and those around him/her.
- Coughing and/or wheezing that causes breathing difficulty and/or moderate chest pain.
- Sore throat is serious enough to interfere with swallowing or accompanied by a fever or rash.
- Any infectious bacterial illness until the child is on an antibiotic for 24 hours, especially those children who have a respiratory bacterial infection (strep throat, tonsillitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.).
- Any infectious disease such as chickenpox, whooping cough, mumps, etc. Please notify the school nurse. She will help determine when it is acceptable for the child to return to school in accordance with public health and CDC recommendations.
- Children who are vomiting and/or have diarrhea must stay home. The child must be vomit and/or diarrhea-free with a normal temperature for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Abdominal pain accompanied by fever, diarrhea, and/or vomiting.
- Head lice infestation—see below for more information.
- Undiagnosed rash or open sores with drainage.
- Headache severe enough to interfere with learning.
- “Pink Eye” or conjunctivitis—this can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies, foreign bodies, chemicals, or even by rubbing the eye too hard. If the pink/red eye is accompanied by thick dark yellow to green colored discharge, this may be bacterial in nature and the child should see a physician for further evaluation. If the physician prescribes antibacterial eye medication for bacterial infection, then this needs to be given for a 24 hour period before the child may return to school. Viral infections of the eye usually take care of themselves. However, if there is a large amount of clear drainage, then the child should remain home until this lessens. The virus can spread if the child is continuously wiping the eye drainage. Eye allergies can be treated with allergy eye drops or by visiting your health care professional. Foreign bodies may be rinsed out of the eye by a person’s own tearing or with normal saline eye drops. However, if the child is complaining of persistent pain, then the child should be taken for medical evaluation in case eye damage is occurring. If the eye is exposed to a chemical, read the chemical container’s label for appropriate treatment or call your local emergency room or poison control center.
Medications and Other Health-Related Concerns
- Prescription medications including inhalers, Epi-Pens, insulin, and glucagon must be in a properly pharmaceutically labeled container. Also, a prescription medication form must be signed by both the prescribing physician and the parent.
- Students who have prescribed inhalers may carry them at all times. However, an appropriately signed prescription inhaler usage form must be on file and signed by both the medical care provider and parent.
- Prescription medications that are considered controlled substances must be brought to school by the parent or guardian. Under no circumstances is a student allowed to carry a controlled substance to or from school. These must be correctly labeled with a pharmaceutical label and will be kept locked at all times at school.
- Students who need to use syringes for a health problem, must dispose the used needles into a properly labeled sharps container in their school’s Health Room for the safety of other students and school personnel.
- Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications cannot be given without written parental permission. If the child needs OTC medications, then the child should have his/her own properly labeled supply brought to school. Families may share the same OTC bottle but each child of that family must have an individualized permission form on file. In cases of immediate need, permission for OTC medication may be attained by staff via parental phone consent.
- If a student visits the health aide or nurse on a frequent basis, the parent or guardian will be notified via phone call and/or letter. Some students may need to see a physician for further evaluation of the student’s complaint.
- Head lice, if found at home or at school, must be treated before returning to school. The school nurse or health aide will do a return head check and it is up to that checker’s discretion as to when a child may or may not return in accordance with the current public health and CDC recommendations.
- Immunization Records must be complete before the first day of school. If this record is not complete, then the student may be fined and/or excluded from school in accordance of the Wisconsin State Law (s. 252.04).
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