Kids' Health Basics

 

Physical Exams

The MPSD recommends completion of a physical exam form when a child first enrolls in the MPSD. Dental and vision examinations are recommended.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association requires junior and senior high school sports participants to have a W.I.A.A. physical exam card on file. Blank cards are available at junior and senior high offices and must be completed by a physician; the card is valid for two years.

Immunizations

The Student Immunization Law for the State of Wisconsin requires the following immunizations:

Age/Grade Number of Doses
Pre K (2 Years through 4 years) 4x DTP/DTaP/DT 2
3x Polio
3x Hep B
1x MMR 5
1x Var 6
Grades K through 5 4x DTP/DTaP/DT/Td 1,2
4x Polio 4
3x Hep B
2x MMR 5
2x Var 6
Grades 6 through 12 4x DTP/DTaP/DT/Td 2
1x Tdap 3
4x Polio 4
3x HEP B
2x MMR 5
2x Var 6
  1. DTP/DTaP/DT vaccine for children entering Kindergarten: Your child must have received one dose after the 4th birthday (either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th dose) to be compliant. (Note: a dose 4 days or less before the 4th birthday is also acceptable).
  2. DTP/DTaP/DT/Td vaccine for all students Pre K through 12: Four doses are required. However, if your child received the 3rd dose after the 4th birthday, further doses are not required. (Note: a dose 4 days or less before the 4th birthday is also acceptable).
  3. Tdap means adolescent tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine. If your child received a dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine, such as Td, within 5 years of entering the grade in which Tdap is required, your child is compliant and a dose of Tdap vaccine is not required.
  4. Polio vaccine for students entering grades Kindergarten through 12: Four doses are required. However, if your child received the 3rd dose after the 4th birthday, further doses are not required. (Note: a dose 4 days or less before the 4th birthday is also acceptable).
  5. The first dose of MMR vaccine must have been received on or after the first birthday (Note: a dose 4 days or less before the 1st birthday is also acceptable).
  6. Var means Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. A history of chickenpox disease is also acceptable.
Immunizations may be waived for medical, personal conviction, or religious reasons. However, if there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease, students with waivers may be excluded from school until the outbreak subsides.

Physical health records

A health history form will be sent home in early September with every student. Please complete and return this form as soon as possible.

The school maintains a physical health record on each child. This file includes the immunization record, emergency medical card, log of school-administered first aid and medicine, athletic permit card, documentation concerning the pupil’s ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, results of routine vision screening and related follow-ups, and any other basic health information as determined by the state superintendent.

Taking medication at school

School personnel will give prescription medication to students only under a doctor’s order and when the proper form has been completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian, physician, and school principal. You may download the form below. It is also available at each school office.

Medication must be given to the school in the original drugstore container imprinted with the following information:
  • child’s full name
  • name of drug and dosage
  • time to be given
  • physician’s signature
Medication will be administered to the child at the designated time(s) by the school.The doctor must provide written instructions about the length of time the child shall receive the medication. Further written instructions must be received from the physician if the drug is to be discontinued or if there is a change in dosage or time of administration from the original instruction.
  • The school will keep an accurate, confidential record for each pupil receiving medication.
  • New prescriptions must be received annually for pupils on long-term medication.
  • Students who need to carry an asthmatic inhaler (rather than leave it in a locked cabinet in the health room) are asked to make arrangements with the school principal.

H1N1 Updates

For information on the symptoms of influenza, or "The Flu I.Q." please click on the following link: 

http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov

Top three things to do to prevent the Flu 

  1. Stay home if sick. 

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that individuals exhibiting symptoms of influenza-like illness (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue) remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° or greater) without the use of fever-reducing medications. 

    When calling school to excuse a sick child, parents are asked to specify the child's symptoms. This information is useful in monitoring trends in both the schools and community.

  2. Wash your hands.
    Influenza may spread via hands or inanimate objects that are contaminated with influenza viruses. The CDC recommends frequent hand washing with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective at killing flu germs.

  3. Cover your cough.
    Influenza viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person. This can happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person are (1) propelled through the air and deposited on the mouth or nose or (2) inhaled by people nearby. CDC recommends covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throwing the tissue in the trash after use. If a tissue is not immediately available, coughing or sneezing into one’s arm or sleeve (not into one’s hand) is recommended. Wash hands promptly after coughing or sneezing.