Health Information

The Shawnee Mission School District complies with Kansas health law which is as follows:

A student entering a Kansas school for the first time must present a printed copy of their immunizations from a doctor’s office, health department, or school previously attended. The document must show that the student has received all immunizations required by Kansas law appropriate for the student’s age. Per Kansas law, the student must have received a minimum of one inoculation of each required immunization in order to attend school. If this minimum school entry requirement is met, and the student’s immunization record is incomplete, a student is allowed to attend school as long as he/she is receiving the required immunizations on the prescribed time schedule. If the student does not comply, the student would be excluded from school each time he/she failed to receive the follow-up immunizations as scheduled by the physician or health department. Transfer students must show immunization records or a statement from the school previously attended which shows compliance with state requirements. Under regulations prescribed by law, families may use alternative procedures to meet immunization requirements. Information about alternative procedures can be obtained from the school nurse.

The parent or guardian must complete the Health History and Permit form for a student entering a Shawnee Mission school for the first time. Updated health assessment forms must be provided at 4th, 7th, and 9th grades.

Additional information about the district health guidelines includes:

1. By law, students who fail to complete the appropriate requirements may be excluded from attending school.

2. Students who become ill at school should report to the school nurse; and upon notification of parents, if leaving school, sign out in the office.

3. By district policy, all medications must be dispensed from the nurse’s office during the school day. Medication must be in the original, properly labeled container. School nurses, by law, cannot accept or distribute medications from any other type of container, such as a plastic bag. The medication must be accompanied by a note from the parent/guardian giving instructions about dosage, reason for administering, time to be given, how long the medication should be administered at school, and if there are any side effects of which the nurse should be aware. The permission forms are available from the school nurse or on the district health services web page. Students may not carry prescriptions or non-prescription medications with them at school with the exception of diabetic, asthma, or anaphylaxis prevention medications. However, these medications may be carried only with written permission from parents or guardian and physician and with collaboration with the school nurse.