Health & Wellness
We believe healthy students learn best.
School Nurses promote health and well-being across the Petal School District. Services provided through the school nurse health office include:
- Emergency care
- Assessment and intervention with health issues
- Medication administration
- Health counseling
- Hearing/vision screening
- Chronic health management
- Administration of medication is foremost the responsibility of the parent/guardian. All medications that can be given outside of school hours without serious effects must be given before or after school.
The FIRST dose of any medication must be given at home in case there is an allergic reaction.
- School personnel/nurses are not responsible for giving missed or late home doses of medication.
- All medication that the student is receiving in the school setting will be recorded on the student’s medication record.
- Prescription and non-prescription medication will be administered only if:
- The appropriate school medication administration form is completed including the doctor’s signature, parent/guardian's signature, student's name, name of medication, amount of medication needed, route of administration and time of administration.
- Any prescription medication that is ordered only once or twice daily must be given at home and will not be administered at school unless the school receives a letter from the physician explaining why the medication must be given at school instead of at home.
- Prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy container with the label that includes the student’s name, physician name, name of medication, strength, dosage, time interval and route.
- Over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, cough drops, etc.) must be in an unexpired original container and all manufacturers’ labeling must be legible. All over-the-counter medications must be supplied by the parent/legal guardian. The school will not supply any medications.
- Please note: All medications to be given at school require a physician’s signature on the school form: no exceptions.
- The information on the medical form and the medication bottle must be the same.
- Medication will not be accepted in household containers, envelopes or baggies.
- Medication will not be provided by the nurse or the teacher from his/her supply.
- A new medication form must be completed and signed for each medication or change of medication order. A new form with the doctor’s orders and signature must be signed at the beginning of each school year even if the medication is continued from one year to the next.
- Students’ medications, both prescription and non-prescription, must be brought to the school by an adult. All medications and paperwork will be reviewed by the school nurse before administration of medication.
- Medications cannot be transported on the school bus.
- No Petal School District employee/agent of the school will be responsible for administering any medication on field trips or school-sponsored events.
- The proper disposal of unused medications is important, and it is the responsibility of the parent to obtain all unused medication from the school when it is discontinued, the school year ends or the student transfers to another district. All medication left in the school under these conditions will be disposed of by the school nurse or delegate.
- Students may always keep diabetic medications with them if permitted by the parent/legal guardian, physician, school nurse and the school receives all appropriate forms from the parent and physician.
- Students may always keep their asthma inhalers with them; however, the parent/guardian must meet the following requirements:
- Provide written authorization for self-administration to the school.
- Provide a written statement from the student’s health care provider that the student has asthma and has been instructed in self-administration of asthma medications. The statement should also contain:
- the name and purpose of the medication
- the prescribed dosage
- the time or times the medications are to be regularly administered and under what special circumstances the medications are to be administered
- the length of time for which the medications are prescribed
- Petal School District and its employees and agents shall incur no liability because of any injury sustained by the student from the self-administration of asthma medications. Upon fulfilling the requirements of this section, a student with asthma may possess and use asthma medications when at school, at a school-sponsored activity, under the supervision of school personnel or before and after normal school activities while on school properties including school-sponsored childcare or after-school programs.
- Food Allergies, Intolerances or Special Diets
- Medication Administration Form
- Severe Allergy Plan with Epipen
- Seizure Action Plan
If your student requires an inhaler at school for prophylaxis before exercise or for treatment of asthma symptoms please bring the inhaler to the school office along with the Asthma Action Plan. This form must be signed by you and your student's doctor and renewed every year. Your student may carry the inhaler with him/her if they are able to safely self-administer the medication and it is approved by their physician. The Asthma Action Plan is still required when your student carries an inhaler.
Forms should be completed by your doctor for any medications given at school including over-the-counter medications.
Please note: If your child takes medication at school and the dose calls for half of a pill, it should be split prior to bringing it to school.
If you child has a severe allergy in need of an Epipen please provide an Epipen/Benadryl to the school office along with the Allergy Action Plan provided below. This Allergy Action Plan must be completed by your doctor and renewed every year. If your child may require an Individualized Health Care Plan for precautions and accommodations in the classroom contact the school nurse.
If your student has been diagnosed with seizures and requires specific interventions at school, please have your child's physician complete the seizure action plan below and contact the school nurse.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- School Immunization Requirements
- Student Accident Insurance
- The SeMRHI Petal Health Clinic
- Help Keep Petal Students Healthy
- If my student forgets to take their medication, may I bring it to the school?
- My student takes medication daily. What do I need to do?
- My student needs a sports physical. What do I do?
- Are students allowed to bring medication for headaches, cramps, colds, etc?
- What if my student has head lice?
Parents will be required to come for their student if live bugs are found. The student will not be allowed to attend school until proof of treatment is obtained.
Please note, the Forrest County Health Department will be notified when a child has a third occurrence of head lice. Repeated occurrences are considered neglect and may be reported to the Forrest County Department of Human Services.
- Meningococcal Disease
- Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Required Immunizations
- MyIR: Get Immunization Records and Forms Online
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that includes meningitis, swelling of the tissues around the brain and spinal cord: bacteremia, a severe blood infection; and pneumonia, a lung infection. It can be spread through coughs, sneezes, and the exchange of respiratory droplets such as saliva. As a result, individuals can catch the disease through common, everyday activities such as sharing water bottles, cups and utensils; kissing; and being in close quarters such as a dormitory or sleep-away summer camps.
Meningococcal disease can be difficult to recognize because early symptoms or signs are similar to those of common viral illnesses, such as the flu. The disease is rare, but it is very serious. It develops quickly and can take the life of an otherwise healthy child in as little as one day after symptoms first appear.
Please note that Student Accident Insurance is provided through a third party vendor. If you have any questions, please contact Student Assurance Services at 800.328.2739.
The Petal School District has partnered with the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative (SeMRHI) to provide the students of the district with affordable and convenient health care. The Petal Health Clinic is located on Stadium Drive and can be used by any student currently enrolled free of charge. The clinic is staffed by a SeMRHI nurse practitioner and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round. Students wishing to use this service must complete a registration form and health history.
If your child needs a sports physical for school please see your healthcare provider or contact SEMRHI Clinic.
P: 601.450.2144 | F: 601.450.2145 | Address: 36 Panther Stadium Dr, Petal, MS 39465
- Fifth's Disease
- Flu and Pneumonia
- Hand, Foot and Mouth
- Mononucleosis (Mono)
- Pink Eye
- Staph Infection
- Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever