Our goal is to keep you as healthy and well informed as possible.
Important Information for Incoming Freshmen
- Please Read: Letter to Parents/Guardians of Incoming Freshmen
- Updated vaccinations: Most freshmen need Meningococcal and Tdap vaccines. Please see the Immunizations section, below, for details.
- Physical exam: Completed within two years of entering freshman year. (This will not be accepted to play sports.)
- Sports physical exam: If a student plans to play sports during 2019-20, they must have a DIAA sports physical completed after April 1. (This is accepted as a regular physical exam.)
- Emergency action plan: If your student has a serious or life-threatening condition, you must have an emergency action plan completed by a physician and provided to the nurses. This may include having medication.
- Medication: If your student needs medication, you must sign paperwork provided by the nurses’ office and provide the physician-prescribed, pharmacy-labeled medication directly to the nurses.
- Wellness Center: The Wellness Center is available to all students once the Wellness Center consent form is completed and turned in.
Throughout the school year you may hear us offering encouraging health tidbits. We’d like to encourage you to participate in the breakfast program here at school. Breakfast is the most important meal, and whether you believe it or not your brain needs calories to function if you are starving it before lunch time you might get that “saggy” feeling around 10 or 11 in the morning. We do not give medications on a empty stomach. So please eat your breakfast!
Speaking of that “saggy” feeling, our students here at Tech are allowed to drink water in most of the classrooms. You can carry a water bottle that is clear for water only. We strongly encourage you to drink at least 8 to 10, 8oz bottles of water throughout the day.
We would also like to encourage you to wash your hands ! Good hand washing is the first defense in fighting germs. Common articles in classrooms like pens or the keyboard can be breeding grounds for germs. Please do your part in keeping our school healthy.
The Nurse’s office is also home to the lost & found. If you are missing something, stop buy to see if we have it. All things not claimed within a reasonable amount of time will be donated to charity!
Student Health Is Our Priority
The school nurses’ office is open from 8:30 am until 2:15 pm everyday.
After 2:15 pm our office is open for emergencies, screenings, or missed routine medications only!
- Medications must be in the original pharmacy-labeled container with the correct name of the student, correct medication in the container, name of the medication, current dose, and expected time of day the nurse will give the medication. Please be sure to check all expiration dates on medications. The nurses must have a written consent on file to assist with these medications.
- Students managing asthma (requiring an inhaler) must obtain the necessary consent form at the beginning of the school year, or when newly diagnosed, and obtain the necessary documentation to be “qualified” to self-carry their inhaler. We will need a copy of your Asthma Action Plan.
- Students with diabetes are requested to come to the nurses office at the beginning of the school year, or when newly diagnosed. We will need a copy of the student’s diabetic plan of care.
- Students with severe allergies (food, bee stings, etc.) are requested to come to the nurses office at the beginning of the school year, or when newly diagnosed. We will need a copy of your Emergency Action Plan.
- Students managing ay other serious medical concerns (heart condition, seizures, etc.) are requested to come to the nurses office at the beginning of the school year, or when newly diagnosed. We will need a copy of your Emergency Action Plan.
- Students are NOT permitted to carry any medication (including Tylenol, Advil, etc.) on their person at any time.
- Please read the student agenda regarding the Department of Education’s medication guidelines and regulations.
Emergency Health Forms
All families should take time to complete the Emergency Health Form. This form is required to be on file, to please return this at the beginning of every year. We ask that you notify the nurses with any medical changes or concerns that take place throughout the year, as well as any changes in emergency contact information.
If the Emergency Health Form is not on file within 30 days of entering school, we have the right to exclude your student from school.
All students are required by Delaware DOE regulation to have current immunizations upon entering a Delaware public school.
- 5 or more doses of Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Td) vaccine (unless 4th dose was given after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) or Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) (unless 3rd dose was given after the 4th birthday)
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
- 2 doses of Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccine
- 2 doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) or documented history of disease by a licensed healthcare provider
- All 9th grade students and new enterers are also required to have Tdap and meningococcal vaccinations.
If the immunizations are not on file within 30 days of entering school, we have the right to exclude your student from school.
All students are required by Delaware DOE regulation to have a current physical examination completed within two years of entering the freshman year.
- If your student is not participating in a sport, a regular physical on a Delaware School Health Examination Form or physicals printed by their primary care physician will be accepted. For a copy of the form, click here.
- Physicals and certain immunizations may be completed at Sussex Tech’s Wellness Center by becoming a member and calling 302-856-4360. Our Wellness Center is available during the summer months; please call for an appointment.
- Any student wishing to participate in sports must have a current DIAA physical on file. The DIAA sports physical must be performed after April 1 of each year to be qualified for sports for the following school year. An athlete will not be permitted to practice or participate without the athletic DIAA physical form and without all of the required signatures. For a copy of the DIAA form, click here.
If the physical examination is not on file within 30 days of entering school, we have the right to exclude your student from school.
According to Delaware guidelines, all new entering students will have scoliosis, vision, and hearing screenings during the school year. A letter will be sent home with your child if a follow-up with their physician is needed.
If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact Mrs. Lynch, MSN, RN or Mrs. Fitler, MSN, RN at 302-854-2819. This is a direct line to the Nurses office.
It may take up to twenty-four hours for an email response. Therefore, please contact us by phone for any urgent medical situations.
- Center for Disease Control
- Delaware School Nurse Association
- National Association of School Nurses
- Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition
- KidsHealth.org, resources from Nemours
- HelpIshereDE, addiction treatment and referral information