Nursing Service Mission Statement
The mission of the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District Nursing Service Program is to enhance the educational environment of each student by preventing, limiting, and removing health-related barriers to learning and to promote decision making that leads to each student’s optimal level of wellness.
Although the primary responsibility for the well-being of the student resides with the parent/guardian, the School District shares in that responsibility by providing for the health, illness, and emergency needs of the student during the regular school day, including curricular and co-curricular activities.
The School District recognizes that a healthy child can more fully realize the attainment of her/his individual educational objectives.
Our School District Health program is designed to improve, protect, and promote the health of each child.
The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District is currently serviced by one registered nurse. School secretaries monitor the basic first-aid stations and administer medications when the school nurse is not available. Each school/complex has two designated staff certified in CPR/first-aid.
Hand washing works! Cover your cough! Cover your sneeze!
If you are not feeling well, please call before you go to the clinic.
At Gundersen: Nurse Line: 608-775-4454, Flu Line: 608-775-0364
Mayo/Franciscan numbers coming soon.
The following medication questions/answers were sent to us from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
- How must nonprescription and prescription medications be sent to school? Nonprescription medications must be supplied by the pupil’s parent or guardian in the original manufacturer’s package. The package must list the ingredients and recommended therapeutic dosage in a legible format. Prescription medications must be supplied by the pupil’s parent or guardian in the original pharmacy-labeled package. The package must list the name of prescription medication, the dose, the effective date, and the directions in a legible format.
- What documentation is required for a school to administer medications?
- Nonprescription medications: Administration of nonprescription medications to a pupil requires written consent and instructions from the pupil’s parent or guardian (Wis. Stat. sec. 118.29(2)(1-2)). Administration of nonprescription medications to a pupil in a dosage other than the recommended therapeutic dose may be done only if the written request to do so is also accompanied by the written approval of the pupil’s practitioner (Wis. Stat. sec. 118.29(2)(1)(b)). Practitioner is defined as a physician, dentist, optometrist, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse prescriber, or podiatrist.
- Prescription medications: Administration of prescription medications to a pupil requires written instructions from a medical practitioner, as well as parent or guardian consent.
What does this mean for your student?
No student should carry any medication on his or her person, except for inhalers, or an epinephrine auto injector, as approved by the student’s physician.
- The school Medication/Procedure Form must be filled out completely and signed by the parent/guardian. Medication forms are available on the school website and at your local clinic.
- Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container with the student’s name printed on the bottle or box. No expired medication will be given. All medication will be sent home at the end of the school year.
- The exact dosage must be written on the medication permission form and match that on the container regarding age, weight, etc. of the student.