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Health Services

The School District carries on an active and comprehensive health services program. Its major purposes are to prevent and control communicable diseases in the schools, to provide primary prevention of the students’ health problems, and to help students maintain good health.

District Nurse Services

Canby School District has two registered nurses to provide district-wide support for health and safety issues, help teachers with basic hygiene instruction, and aid in control of communicable diseases. Students who require the attention of the district nurse will be referred by designated school staff and parent contact will be made.



Every child entering Oregon public, private, or parochial schools must present evidence that immunizations are complete and up-to-date. Exceptions are possible under some circumstances. Your physician or your local health department can provide additional information and assistance with this. Children whose immunizations are not up to date will be excluded from school in accordance with Oregon State Law.

Health Screening

The district nurse coordinates screening programs for vision, hearing, and dental health for students in grades designated by Oregon state law. Parents will be notified if their child needs a professional exam. Vision/hearing /dental/postural screening is available throughout the year at parent, student, or teacher request.

Administering Medications to Students

The district recognizes that administering of medication to students may be necessary when the failure to take such medication would jeopardize the health of the student or the student would not be able to attend school if medication were not made available during school hours. Consequently, students may be permitted to take prescription or nonprescription medication at school under the following guidelines:

The district shall designate trained school personnel authorized to administer non-injectable and life-saving injectable medication to students, as required by law.

The district reserves the right to reject a request to administer prescription or nonprescription medication when such medication is not necessary for the student to remain in school. Self-medication is permitted in accordance with Canby School District administrative procedures.

A. Parent Responsibility:

1. The parent or temporary custodian must bring the medication to school in the original container, labeled with the student’s name, medication name, dosage, route and interval of administration.

2. The district’s Authorization to Dispense Medication form must also be completed, including physician’s signature, and provided to the school. A new form is required for each medication.

3. Responsibility for informing the principal or school nurse in writing of any change in the student’s health or medication lies with the parent.

4. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that an adequate amount of medication is on hand at the school for the duration of the student’s need to take medication.

5. The parent/guardian must ensure that unused medication is picked up within five days after the last day of school.


B. Grades K-6:

All nonprescription remedies (i.e., acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antacids, etc.) also require the authorization form to be completed and for the remedies to come to school in original packaging.

C. Emergency Medications:

Drugs left at school for emergency purposes (i.e., inhalers or antihistamines, etc.) shall be under the same regulations as other medications and shall require a new authorization form at the beginning of each school year.

D. District Staff Responsibility:

1. The principal’s designee or school nurse shall:

a. Receive medication and accompanying authorization form from the parent, as outlined above.

b. Inform the appropriate school personnel;

c. Keep a record of the date and time medication is given;

d. Keep all medications in a safe place, away from children; and

e. Dispose of all unused medications not picked up by parents within a week of the last day of school.

2. The principal, principal’s designee, or the school nurse shall administer the medication in compliance with the procedures set forth in this administrative procedure.

Allergies/Health Conditions

If your child has an allergy (food, insect sting, medicine) or an ongoing health condition such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, or any other health problems, please contact the district nurse. Specific information regarding your child’s health concern will help plan any care that may be needed.

Injury or Illness

If your child is injured or becomes ill, you will be notified by phone as soon as possible. If you can’t be reached, the emergency person you have listed on the registration form will be called. It is imperative that at least two emergency numbers be listed in addition to parents and parent work numbers. In the event that the emergency numbers cannot be reached, the school staff will provide necessary care until contact is made.

Every effort is made at school to provide a safe environment for our students. Despite all precautions, accidents occasionally happen. If your child is injured at school, you will be contacted while first aid is rendered by someone who is trained by the Red Cross. In case of serious injury, 911 will be called, and an Emergency Medical Technician will provide assistance. If your child is ill, please keep them home. Children can return to school when their symptoms (fever, sore throat, vomiting, etc.) have been gone for 24 hours. A child recovering from chicken pox can return to school when all of the scabs are crusted and dry. Please note: Do not give your child aspirin or medicines containing aspirin when they have chicken pox or other viral diseases because of the association of aspirin and Reyes Syndrome, a serious, sometimes fatal disease.