Student Health

Students learn best when when they are healthy and happy and have their basic needs met. Millard partners with families to meet all student health needs. Upon enrollment, please ensure your child's health office staff are aware of any health concerns that may impact his/her learning. To learn more about the services and support we can provide, please contact your school's health office or the District Head Nurse, Katie Kintzle at kakintzle@mpsomaha.org or (402)715-6322.

Physicals, Immunizations & Health Screenings

    Enrollment Requirements:

    New students moving from another state to Nebraska are required to have a physical exam, vision exam and current immunizations. Here is the MPS Student Physical/Vision/Immunization Form. 

    All kindergarten and 7th grade students are required by State law to submit a current school physical, vision exam, and current immunizations. See immunization requirements below:

    Kindergarten 

    • 3 doses of DTaP, DTP, DT, or Td vaccine, one given on or after the 4th birthday
    • 3 doses of Polio vaccine
    • 2 doses of MMR vaccine, given on or after 12 months of age and separated by at least one month
    • 3 doses of pediatric Hepatitis B vaccine or 2 doses of adolescent vaccine if student is 11-15 years of age
    • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) Written documentation (including year) of varicella (chickenpox) disease from parent, guardian, or health care provider will be accepted

    7th Grade

    • 3 doses of DTaP, DTP, DT, or Td vaccine, one given on or after the 4th birthday
    • 1 dose of Tdap (must contain Pertussis booster). This dose can be received any time after 10 or 11 years of age depending on which brand of vaccine is received.
    • 3 doses of Polio vaccine
    • 2 doses of MMR vaccine, given on or after 12 months of age and separated by at least one month
    • 3 doses of pediatric Hepatitis B vaccine or 2 doses of adolescent vaccine if student is 11-15 years of age
    • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) Written documentation (including year) of varicella (chickenpox) disease from parent, guardian, or health care provider will be accepted

    Athletic Participation:

    • Students participating in athletics must have submitted a current sports physical dated after May 1st. Select here for the MPS Student Physical/Vision/Immunization Form.
    • The completed physical form, with vision exam must be returned by the first day of school, and immunizations must be up to date in order for your student to start school. 

      Annual School Health Screening:

      Nebraska Administrative Code 173 NAC 7, requires school districts to provide a health screening to enrolled students at specific grade levels. Students in kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, seventh, and tenth grades are screened for dental, vision (distance) and height and weight for the purpose of health monitoring for all students. In addition, students in first and third grades must be screened for hyperopia (near vision).
       
      If you have any questions, please contact your school's health office or the District Head Nurse, Katie Kintzle at kakintzle@mpsomaha.org or (402)715-6322.
       

      When to Stay Home

      An ill student cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping an ill student home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the student an opportunity to rest and recover.

      In case of illness or injury, a student will be sent home from school when the parent or legal guardian has been reached by telephone and appropriate arrangements are made for her or his transportation from school. If the school health office staff is unable to reach the parent or guardian, the authorized family emergency contacts will be notified.

      If a student has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, parents/guardians will be contacted and the student will be sent home as soon as proper arrangements can be made.

      Students will be excluded from school for the following conditions: contagious or infectious disease, including chicken pox, measles and mumps; pink eye; suspicious rash; vomiting, diarrhea, seizure activity, skin eruptions or live head lice.

      Students may not return to school until they are fever free for twenty-four (24) hours and/or bring a doctor’s note granting permission to return, or until all evidence of the condition is gone.

      For more detailed information select here for the Board Policy on student illness and injury.

      Guidelines for Carrying Medication

      Select medications may be carried by students depending on their individual circumstances and grade level. Listed below is a summary of what medications can be carried by a student, depending on their school level. For more detailed information please see the Board Policy Regarding Possession of Medications.

      For situations not outlined in the Policy, please contact your school health office or the District Head Nurse, Katie Kintzle at kakintzle@mpsomaha.org or 402.715.6322.

      The following medications may be hand carried by a student at the given school levels:

      Elementary:

      • Inhaler with physician's order
      • Epi-Pen with physician's order

      Middle School:

      • Inhaler with physician's order
      • Epi-Pen with physician's order
      • Cough drops with parent note turned into school's health room

      High School:

      • Inhaler with physician's order
      • Epi-Pen with physician's order
      • Non-prescription/OTC medication, including cough drops (no parent note needed)
      • Students may transport prescription medication to the school's health room
         
      Suicide Prevention and Intervention

      Millard Public Schools has a research based comprehensive suicide prevention and intervention process delivered by district Social Workers, School Psychologists and School Counselors annually each fall semester.

      To view the MPS Suicide Prevention and Intervention Process, please click here. 

      Bridging the Gap from Concussion to Classroom

      Concussion Information

      Head injuries pose a serious health risk to students. Millard Public Schools has practices and procedures in place to promote the health and safety of our students and our procedures are in compliance with Nebraska's Concussion Awareness Act.  Please reference the information provided in the links below:

      Parent Information:

      Staff Information:

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