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Specialized Medical Issue Packets

All students with specialized medical issues whether they take medication at school or not are encouraged to have forms completed by their doctor on a yearly basis so the school may remain up to date with their medical status should complications arise.
  • Students who take medication during school hours must have forms specific to their medical issue completed yearly and may qualify for a 504 plan to address any accommodations they may require.
  • Students who have a medical condition that is treated with medication at home are encouraged to have the Miscellaneous Medical Issue with No Medication Required In School completed by their doctor and turn it in to the school nurse. This is encouraged because medications students take at home can at times affect their functioning in the classroom.
Explanation of Various Packets
  • Homebound Packet: This is utilized for students who will be out of school due to a complicating medical issue/surgery for more than 2 weeks time. It is also used for students who have a medical condition that causes excessive absences sporadically throughout the year. These students may be eligible for Intermittent services.
    • The form must be completed by the students MD and must be renewed at least every 3 months.
    • Approval for the program is dependent on school nurse approval after speaking with the students physician and consulting on the student's present medical status and plan of care to assist in returning the student to school.
  • Miscellaneous Medical Packet: This is utilized for any medical issues not mentioned specifically in the other packets provided. It may be utilized for such issues as Migraines, GI issues, Mental health concerns, ADHD, Hypoglycemia, etc.
    • If the student requires medication during school each medication taken requires a medication self-administration form to be completed by the doctor. If the dose of the medication changes New orders from the doctor must be completed and turned into the school.
    • Parents must complete parental permission to self-administer/have medication administered to student form provided in each packet
    • Medication must come to the school in the appropriately labeled container that matches the physicians order.
    • Inhalers and medications used for allergies are kept with the student at all times all other medications are kept in the nurses office.
  • Pregnancy Packet: All girls who are pregnant and give birth during the school year are entitled to 6 weeks of homebound services starting the day of delivery during regularly scheduled school attendance dates. Instruction will be provided for 1 hour at the students home by a teacher and the student will receive credit for 1/2 day attendance.
    • All pregnant students must provide medical clearance from their doctor that they are healthy to be attending school, any limitations they may have due to their pregnancy and their expected due date.
    • Girls should have the homebound form completed by their doctor at their early appointments and returned to the school nurse for approval so that if complication arise or when delivery occurs services may be provided promptly.
    • The homebound services are provided for 6 weeks from the date of delivery only. It is imperative that the student or family member notify the Homebound Coordinator at Mather, Ms. Maciel (773-534-2353) immediately upon delivery so services may be delivered promptly. Homebound services will not be compensated when there is late notification made to the school of delivery or if no homebound medical referral was ever returned to the school nurse for approval.