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END of the Year Announcements

Medication Pick- Up

The end of the 2018-2019 school year is fast approaching and we need to plan now to have “ALL MEDICATION” picked up by 11:15 a.m. on the last day of school, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. NO MEDICATION (with the exception of asthma inhalers with current physician orders on file allowing students to carry them on person) will be given to transport home.

Parents or their designated adult will need to come to the school to sign out these medications. ALL MEDICATIONS not retrieved by 11:15 a.m. on the last day of school, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 will be destroyed in accordance with Alabama School Health Services Administrative Medication Policy. Please plan now!!! No exceptions will be made!!!

Upcoming 6th Grade Immunization Cards to Sparkman Middle School

ALL upcoming 6th Grade Immunization Records MUST be turned in to Harvest Elementary School by the end of the school day on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 to ensure that they will be taken to Sparkman Middle School. After this date YOU will be responsible to pick up and turn in your child's Immunization Record to the front office at Sparkman Middle School. You can contact them at 256-851-4610. Please notify the front office or myself if you know your child will NOT be attending Sparkman Middle School entering the 6th grade.

Birthday School Food Policy

As stated in the Harvest Elementary School Student- Parent Handbook Birthday Parties at school interfere with instructional time and are in direct violation with the Alabama Public Law 108-265. Therefore, if a parent would like to bring a special meal to their child only during the lunch period that is acceptable. Parents ARE NOT allowed to bring food items in for other children (ex: cupcakes, cake, candy) due to the multiple food allergies in the school setting. Balloons are not allowed to be brought in for any personal celebration. If you violate this policy, you will be asked to return the balloons to the front office or your vehicle.

If you would like to bring a treat to each student in celebration of your child's birthday, you may bring each student in the class a treat bag with non-edible items (ex. pencils/pens, erasers, stickers, etc.) No candy or food product is allowed. This must be arranged with the child's classroom teacher prior to arrival.


Keeping Everyone Well

Students MUST be free from fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours without the help of medication before returning to school . Example: If your child is sent home with a fever over 100.0 and medication is given for the fever. You must wait the length that the medication is effective and re-check the fever. If they are fever free at that time they must stay fever free for 24 hrs WITHOUT medicine and then may return to school the next day.

Medication Administration

If your child requires medication to be administered at school a Provider/Parent Authorization form (PPA) MUST be signed by the physician and the parent. A School Management Plan will be completed when the parent brings in the Original Medication and the Provider/Parent Authorization form (PPA) to the Nurse. Parents can obtain the PPA form from the school nurse or from the Madison County School Website under the Health Services Department. Medication should be brought to the school by the parent along with the original PPA. Students are NOT permitted to transport medication UNLESS authorized by their physician on the PPA. Paperwork is to be completed each year regarding any medical needs.


As we come to the end of the 2018-2019 school year here are a few reminders. As the school nurse, my role is to care for all students and respond to medical emergencies in the school setting. In addition, I am responsible for the following: student health assessments, medication administration, special procedures, vision/hearing screenings, immunization compliance, health promotion and disease prevention. If your child will need medication to be administered at school please refer to the medication information listed below.

Certificate Of Immunizations ( Blue Cards)

All Parent/ Guardians,

The State of Alabama School Law, Code of Alabama, Section 16-30-4, requires ALL students to have a current Alabama Certificate Of Immunization (COI), an Alabama Certificate of Religious Exemption, or an Alabama Certificate of Medical Exemption for specific vaccine preventable.

Rising 5th Graders

The Alabama Department of Public Health requires all students who are eleven years old and older, and who will be entering sixth through eleventh grade, to provide documentation of having received a dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine. This documentation must be on a current Certificate of Immunization (COI-blue card) before the student is able to enroll for the 2018-19 school year.

If your child’s physician determines your child is to be medically exempt from this vaccine requirement, that exemption must be documented. Religious exemptions are available from the Public Health Officer at the Madison County Health Department, and must be documented on the Religious Exemption certificate issued by that department.

The Tdap vaccine is available from your child’s private physician, the Madison County Health Department and military immunization clinics. Information regarding this requirement and the vaccine is available from the Alabama Department of Public Health (, your private physician, or from your school nurse. If you have questions or would like a copy of the COI, notify your school nurse.