Welcome to Greensboro Day School! Did you know that GDS has a full-time school nurse? As the school nurse and health coordinator, I would like to personally welcome our newest Bengals to our school community, and welcome all of our returning students.
I graduated from the University of Texas in 1986 with a degree in nursing. Following a lengthy career in labor and delivery, I have been working at GDS as the school nurse for over 15 years. Not only did I graduate from GDS (class of 1979), I also have two former Bengals of my own, Megan ’06 and Ryan ’08.
Please rest assured that while your child is on the GDS campus, the health room is open for anything health related, from small bumps & bruises to significant questions.
The Health Room and the services it provides are an important part of your child's life at school, especially in the event of illness or injury. The following Health Room policies/procedures will help us give proper care to your child:
1. Medical forms (located below) are necessary to provide parental consent for routine treatments. In the unlikely event of an emergency, all additional information regarding your preferences will enable us to proceed in an appropriate and timely manner. Please be sure to contact the school nurse should your child's health information change during the school year.
2. If your child is ill and will not be able to attend school, please call the division secretary so that we may advise the teacher/advisor and the school nurse.
3. Over-the-Counter Medications: The over-the-counter medications which are available at school are listed on the Medication Form. School personnel will not administer these medications unless we have received a Medication Form for the student, completed and signed by a parent or guardian AND a physician. No student BB-12 will be permitted to carry or self medicate with over-the-counter medications.
4. Prescription Medications: Prescription medications to be administered at the school must be prescribed and authorized by a physician or dentist on the Medication Form. All prescription medications must be brought to the Health Room by a parent/guardian, not by the student, in a pharmacy-labeled container which includes the child's name, the name of the medication, the dosage, and frequency and method of administration. Each medication must be accompanied by a medication form signed by the prescribing health care provider and the parent. If the dosage is changed, a newly labeled container and an updated authorization form must be provided. No student BB-12 may self-medicate with prescription medications at any time. The only exceptions would be students who require epi-pens, inhalers for asthma, insulin, or glucagon for which a medication form completed by the parent and physician must be on file.
5. School health policy dictates that if your child has been ill with an elevated temperature, he/she may not return to school until he/she has been without fever for 24 hours without the use of anti-pyretics (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, Motrin).
6. If your child has a pre-existing health condition that requires or has the potential to require special medical treatment while at school, please inform the School Nurse.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or come by the Health Room to discuss them. We look forward to a healthy and safe school year.
Linda K. Sudnik, MSN, RN, NCSN
Director of Health Services