Andalusia City Schools has a comprehensive school health program designed to promote the health of our students. We focus on prevention and early intervention and we believe that a student's health is a key factor in maximizing their educational experience. Our health services program provides mandated screenings and immunization monitoring. We provide emergent care, focus on prevention and control of communicable diseases, and management of prescribed medication. We have individualized health care plans for those students with chronic disorders and emergency action plans are in place.
Melinda Carrasco, RN and Lead Nurse/Health Services Coordinator, along with Kristy Martin, LPN are here to promote the health and safety of your child at school and at home. Please contact us if your child has any health needs or with any health related questions. We believe that healthy children are better learners. Let's work together to make sure your child has the best learning experience possible!
Jessica Elkins Act 2014-274
The Jessica Elkins Act 2014-274 requires local school systems to provide meningococcal disease and vaccine information to parents of sixth through twelfth grade students. Download the ADPH Meningococcal Flyer on the link to the right for more information.
Suncreen Act 2017-278
A new law allows Alabama school students to apply personal sunscreen at school without the need for special permission from a doctor or parent. The law (Act 2017-278) can be viewed by clicking on the link to the right.
Other Related Forms
If your child requires medication to be given at school, please print the Provider Parent Authorization form on the right side of this page. Have physician and parent signatures completed and return to school nurse along with the properly labeled medication.
Each student should return a State Health Assessment Record to the nurse at the beginning of school. This contains medical history and health information that the nurses will use to assess your child's health needs. You may print and return this sheet if yours has been misplaced.
When To Keep Your Child Home From School
Contagious illnesses frequently occur with school children and AES wants to help keep everyone healthy. Here are some guidelines to help you decide whether to send your child to school.
If your child appears unusually tired, irritable, pale, or has an unusual lack of appetite he needs to stay home from school for evaluation. If the symptoms subside, then bring him to school.
If your child has had two or more watery stools in the 24-hour period before school, especially if your child acts or looks ill, it is recommended they not come to school. When your child is sent home with diarrhea and has more diarrhea after arriving home, keep him home the next day – until free of diarrhea for 24 hours.
Sometimes eyes are swollen and irritated by allergens or virus. Because of the extremely contagious nature of bacterial pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis), we ask you to consult your doctor before sending your child to school with these symptoms: *thick mucus or pus draining from eye – red, puffy, itchy, or painful eye. Your child can attend school 24 hours after starting medical treatment for bacterial pink eye with a doctor’s clearance.
Temperature of 100.0 or higher is an indication that your child may be contagious. Giving a child Tylenol or Ibuprofen will bring the temperature down and make him more comfortable, but will not prevent them from passing the illness on to classmates. Please keep him home. REMEMBER – NEVER give aspirin to a child under 19 years of age.
A body rash, especially with fever and/or itching, may be contagious. Keep your child home and call your doctor. He may return to school with a doctor’s clearance or when the rash subsides.
A child with vomiting two or more times within the past 24 hours should stay at home. If your child is sent home from school with vomiting and vomits again after going home, please keep him home the next day. He should be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
Children cannot return to school until their hair has been treated with lice shampoo and all of the dead eggs (nits) have been removed. The student must be cleared by the school nurse before returning to class.
SEVERE SORE THROAT/ COUGH
If your child has a severe sore throat and/or a persistent cough, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck, he should remain at home. A frequent or severe cough can be a distraction to the class besides spreading germs with each cough. Please feel free to bring cough drops for a mild cough. Just bring the cough drops to the school nurse, in the original container with your child’s name written on it, and a note stating the times you want your child to have the cough drops. Parents must always bring and pick up medication at school.
If you have any questions, please call the nurse’s office between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Mrs. Martin A.E.S. School Nurse 222–1224
Mrs. Carrasco ACS Lead Nurse 334-343-8386