Protocol for School Attendance


    Children’s health is a key element in positive educational outcomes. The goal of SEDOL Health Services is to promote, protect, support, improve and sustain the health, emotional well-being and safety of all students and staff for optimal learning and quality of life. This is accomplished in collaboration with the students, families, staff, administrators, and community resources.


    If it is necessary for a student to take medication at school, the Medication & Treatment Authorization Form must be completely filled out and signed by the physician and parent. Orders are required at the start of each school year. No medication (prescription or over-the-counter), treatments, or G/J-tube feedings will be given without a physician’s order.

    Medication must be in a current prescription bottle with the student’s name, medication, dose, time, and physician’s name on the label. Over-the-counter medication must be in a new, sealed package.

    Orders are needed for medication, suctioning, parental feedings, tracheostomy care, wound care, colostomy care, catheterization, nebulizer treatment, oxygen therapy, etc.


    Please update the annual School Year Emergency Form. It is very important that the nursing department has the correct contact information and a completed, current medical report.

    Communicate with the SEDOL nurse when there is a change in your child’s health or medication regime.

    Please call in your child’s absence from school.

    In the event that your child’s health deteriorates at school, arrangements must be in place for you to pick up your child. Select your Emergency Contacts carefully - all persons listed as Emergency Contacts must be available to transport your child and be comfortable caring for him/her. It is expected that your child should be picked up within one hour of receiving a phone call from the nursing department.

    If your child is assessed and 9-1-1 is called, a nurse will accompany your child to the hospital emergency room.  A parent must be onsite at the school to refuse emergency transport.

    If a child is sent home for vomiting or diarrhea, the student must remain home for at least 24 hours. If the child has a fever of 100° F then the student must be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

    If your child has an outpatient procedure or any procedure requiring sedation then the student must stay home for at least 24 hours.

    A doctor’s note is necessary when a child returns to school after an extended illness, surgery, hospitalization, or emergency room visit. Also, the SEDOL nurse may request a physician to clear the child to return to school after an absence of more than three consecutive days.