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Health Office

Keeping children at home

Under certain conditions, we require that you keep your sick child home for their own comfort and for the safety of the community.

Forms & Immunizations

We follow the U.S. Center for Disease control international recommendations for immunizations.

Meet our nurses

Our qualified and caring nurses are available to tend to the occasional cut, bruise and upset tummy during the school day.

Required Forms & Immunization Records

Concordia requires parents to submit two medical forms and a set of immunization records for each student. Please note that a student will not be allowed to attend classes without these health forms on file in the Health Office.

Student Medical Forms-FAQ

FORM 1: Student Physical Examination Form – Completed by Doctor

Concordia requires parents to submit a doctor-completed physical examination form for each student at the time of admission (the examination must be made within the 6 months immediately before the first day the student attends class) and before the start of every fourth year thereafter (one exam every 36 months). Please note that a tuberculosis screening is required as part of the physical exam.

If you need to submit the form:

  1. Download the Student Physical Examination Form,
  2. Print out the form,
  3. Have a medical doctor fill in the form,
  4. Submit the form to Concordia via one of the following ways. Prefer to receive the form before July 31.
    1. Submit a scanned copy online via the website (available after July 1, 2016)
    2. Email a scanned copy to health.office@concordiashanghai.org
    3. Hand in the paper as part of Student Orientation in August
    4. Hand in the paper copy at the Concordia Health Office at another time

FORM 2: Annual Medical History & Permissions Form – Completed by Parent

Concordia requires parents to complete and submit an Annual Medical History & Permissions Form for each student before start of school each year. Prefer to receive the form before July 31.

  1. Submit online via the website, or
  2. Download the Annual Medical History & Permissions Form,
    1. Print out the form,
    2. Fill in the form,
    3. Submit the form to Concordia via one of the following ways.
      1. Email a scanned copy to health.office@concordiashanghai.org
      2. Hand in the paper as part of Student Orientation in August
      3. Hand in the paper copy at the Concordia Health Office at another time

Please note that your child will not be allowed to attend classes without these health forms and an up-to-date Immunization Record on file in the Health Office.

Immunization Records

To promote wellness and achieve optimal prevention of common infectious disease in the school community, Concordia has a Mandatory Vaccination Policy, requiring parents to submit documentation of the age-appropriate immunizations for each student before the student may attend classes.

  • All NEW Students
    • must submit a copy of all Immunization Records.
  • All RETURNING Students
    • Must submit a copy of Immunization Records if there there have been any updates since the last submission.
    • If a returning student has not had any new immunizations during the year, the parent does not need to submit records.

You may submit immunization data to Concordia via one of the following ways. Prefer to receive the record before July 31.

  • Submit a scanned photocopy of Immunization Records, with any updates, as part of the Annual Medical History and Permissions online via the website. (see Form 2 above) (available after July 1, 2016)
  • Email a scanned copy of Immunization Records, with any updates, to health.office@concordiashanghai.org
  • Hand in a paper copy of Immunization Records, with any updates, as part of Student Orientation in August
  • Hand in the paper copy of Immunization Records, with any updates, at the Concordia Health Office at another time

Find below details on the required immunizations:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    • 1 dose after age 12 months
    • 1 booster vaccination at age 4-6 years
      • Note: 1 dose of Measles & 1 dose of MMR is not considered complete
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DPT/Tdap)
    • 5 doses by age 4-6
    • Tdap/DT/Td booster vaccination at age 11-12 years
  • Polio (IPV/OPV)
    • 4 doses by age 4-6

CDC immunization schedule for 0-6 years old
CDC immunization schedule for 7–18 years old

Medication Policy, Allergies, & Other Medical Conditions

Medications Kept at School

You may wish to have your child’s own medical supply (eg Epipen, Ventolin inhaler, medicine for allergies) kept in the nurse’s office in case there is a need.

Administration of Medicine at School

Whenever possible medication should be given at home. However, if your child needs to take medication during school hours, the health office requires the following:

  • Please print out the Administering Medication to a Student Authorization form (download form here) together with your child’s medication to the nurses’ office.
  1. All medication must be brought to school in the original container and delivered to the Health Office (Room M162) or ES nurse station (E101 k) (Students needing inhalers for the treatment of asthma will be allowed to carry inhalers in their bag for immediate use).
  2. Non-prescription medication must be delivered to the Health Office/ES Nurses Station along with the Written Consent to Administer Medication Form and written instructions that includes the following information:
    1. Student’s name
    2. Name of medication
    3. Dosage of medication
    4. Duration of medication
    5. Written consent to administer the medication for a parent/guardian
  3. Over-the-counter cold medication is not routinely recommended for children under 6 years old.
  4. Prescription medication must be brought to school in a pharmacy labeled container with the student’s name on it. The Health Office/ES Nurses Station must receive the Written Consent to Administer Medication Form and written instructions from your doctor for prescription that includes the following information:
    1. Student’s name
    2. Name of medication
    3. Dosage of medication
    4. Duration of medication
    5. Physician’s signature, and
    6. Written consent to administer the medication for a parent/guardian

Nut and Allergen Awareness

Concordia is aware that it is impossible to eliminate all nut products and ingredients that cause allergic reactions where food is served, but we are a “nut-and-allergen awareness” school.

Some of our students have severe and life-threatening food allergies. One of the most common causes of severe allergies is peanuts and nut products. When bringing in baked goods for parties, PSO, or other special occasions for your child, please exclude foods with nuts.
Concordia discourages elementary school students from bringing in snacks that contain nuts. If your child brings in a snack that contains nuts, please have your child inform their teacher. In addition, your child should wash his or her hands after eating. They should not share this item with other students and may be asked to eat away from other students.
Concordia’s food-service provider strives to serve nut-free foods. Questions regarding Concordia’s food-service program should be directed to chartwells@concordiashanghai.org or the CFO, curt.larson@concordiashanghai.org.
If your son or daughter has a nut or food allergy, please inform the Health Office and homeroom teacher. You will be asked to fill out a treatment plan with the Health Office for your child’s particular allergy in the event an allergic reaction occurs. You are responsible for providing an Epi-pen to the Health Office for your child’s use if indicated in the plan, and keeping the Health Office informed of any changes to the treatment plan. The Health Office currently uses Benadryl for common allergic reactions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Health Office. We are happy to provide and gather any information to help serve the students at Concordia.

Children With Medical Conditions

Any significant medical history (such as severe allergic reaction, asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes) should be reported. If nurses need more information, you will be contacted.
Student with severe allergies to food or asthma requiring medications such as Benadryl, Epi-Pen and Albuteral (Ventolin etc) for rescue treatment, please fill out a food allergy or asthma management plan form so that we can better care for your children.
Asthma Management Plan
Food Allergy Management Plan

Keeping Children at Home

The following information is designed to offer guidance regarding when to send your children to school and when to keep them home due to illness. They are meant to benefit your child and the health and well being of the Concordia community. These are also conditions for which your child may be sent home from school.
If you are unsure of which action you should take, please contact your doctor or school nurse at 5899 0380, ext. 1030, 1031 or 1032.

Fever

  • Normal temperature is 98.6 F (37 C).
  • A fever is a warning that all is not right within the body. The best way to check for fever is with a thermometer, which every home should have. No child with a temperature equal to or above 99.8 F (37.5 C) should be sent to school. A child needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school and all students with a fever must report to the Health Office/Nurse’s Station before returning to their classroom.

Cold, Sore Throat, Cough

  • A child with a “mild” cold, but otherwise feeling well, may go to school.
  • A child with a “heavy” cold and a hacking or productive cough belongs at home even if there is no fever.
  • A child complaining of a mild sore throat with no other symptoms may go to school. If white spots can be seen in the back of the throat, or if fever present, keep the child at home.

Stomach Ache, Vomiting, Diarrhea

  • Consult your doctor if your child has a stomachache or abdominal pains which are persistent or severe enough to limit the child’s activity.
  • If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until the child can keep food down.
  • A child with diarrhea should be kept home.

Pain

  • Toothache – contact your dentist
  • Earache – consult your doctor
  • Headache – a child whose only complaint is a minor headache usually need not be kept home. Frequent or persistent headaches may indicate a serious health problem.

Eye Redness

  • Consult your doctor if your child has eye redness, itching, and increased drainage or pus. See conjunctivitis below. It is very contagious!
  • Student will be sent home/must stay home until they have received 24 hours of antibiotic eye drop treatment.

Rash

  • Rash or spots may cover the entire body or appear in only one area.
  • Call you physician or school nurse if you are uncertain about whether to send your child to school with a rash.

Absence Notification

The information provided is not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical intervention. If your child is kept home from school, please call your school secretary to notify them of the absence.

School Phone Number: 5899-0380
(Dial extension upon hearing the greeting message.)

Contagious conditions: How long should student stay away from school?

Contagious Conditions

Any student found to have any of the contagious conditions listed below will be sent home. For detailed information regarding response to contagious conditions refer to Notification of Health Concerns in the right hand column of this page. Parents should notify the Health Office/Nurse’s Station when a student has a contagious condition. Please call: 5899 0380, ext. 1030, 1031, 1032.

Chickenpox

For one week from date of appearance of rash, until all lesions are completely dry and scabbed.

Require a verification of doctor visit and medical note to return to school. Notify school as soon as diagnosed. Pregnancy caution.

Conjunctivitis
(Pink Eye)

For 24 hours after treatment has started and discharge has ceased.

Severe cases may need 48 hours of treatment.

Requires verification of a doctor’s visit to return.


Gastroenteritis

Until diarrhea and vomiting has settled.


Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

For 2 weeks and when all blisters are completely dry and healed.

Require a verification of doctor visit and a medical note to return to school.

Head Lice

Until student receives proper treatment and cleared by school nurse.

All family members should be checked.


Hepatitis A Infection

For 2 weeks after onset or one week after onset of jaundice.

Require a medical note to return to school.

Impetigo

For as long as students has symptoms or until 24 hours after lesions has been treated.

Require a medical note to return to school.

Influenza

Until symptom free or fever-free for 48 hours without taking medication.

Students who have had a fever must report to the Health Office before returning to classroom.

Measles

For a minimum of 5 days after onset of rash.

Immunization usually prevents this illness. Require a medical note to return to school. Pregnancy caution.

Meningitis

For 24 hours after onset and depending on the child’s condition.


Immunization usually prevents this illness. Require a verification of doctor visit and medical note to return to school. All close contacts must be notified and seek medical consult for possible prophylactic treatment vs. monitoring at home. 2-10 days incubation period.

Mumps

For 9 days after onset of parotid gland swelling.


Immunization usually prevents this illness. Immunization usually prevents this illness. Require a medical note to return to school.

Pregnancy caution.

Pertussis

After a completion of 5 days of antibiotic.

Immunization usually prevents this illness. Require a medical note to return to school. Pregnancy caution.

Rubella

For 7 days after onset of rash.


Immunization usually prevents this illness. Require a medical note to return to school. Pregnancy caution.

Scabies

After treatment is started and lesions covered.

Not allowed to participate in contact sports or swimming. Require a verification of doctor visit to return to school.

Scarlet Fever

For 7 days after onset of illness.

Require a verification of doctor visit and a medical note to return to school.

Streptococcal Sore Throat

Until 24 hours after antibiotics are started.

Require a verification of doctor visit to return to school.

Tuberculosis

Until the local health department authority or treating physician states

the student is non-infectious. Usually this is 2 weeks of treatment.

Require a verification of doctor visit and a medical note to return to school.

Typhoid Fever

For 7 days after antibiotic therapy.

Require a verification of doctor visit and a medical note to return to school.

Pneumonia

48 hrs of antibiotics and no fever, shortness of breath or weakness

Required a medical note from Dr. with diagnosis and return date

Shingles

Until all lesions are scabbed over. This is usually about 1 week

Require a verification of doctor visit and a medical note to return to school.

Condition

Recommended Period to Stay Away from SchooL

Comments

5ths disease/ erythema

Contagious at time of prodrome phase, not at time of cheek rash.

Require a verification of doctor visit. Pregnancy caution.

Roseola Infantum

1 week after the start of fever.

High fever for 3 days followed by rash trunk neck ears.