Dear Blair Community Schools Students and Families,
We are so excited to welcome you back for the 2023-2024 school year! Here are a few reminders for back to school.
Kindergarten, 7th Grade, and Out of State Transfer students MUST have completed physicals on file for the first day of school on August 16th. Physical dates starting February 16th can only be accepted per state guidelines.
Medication Permits and Medication Transport Waivers have been updated. Please see the new copies below.
Health forms must be updated every school year (Asthma Action Plans, Medication Permits, etc).
Blair Community Schools does NOT provide ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Should your student need to take these while at school, please review and sign the Medication Policy and Permit below and provide the medication.
School Health Aides are:
Jane Straube, South Preschool
Bonnie Gutschow, Deerfield
Staci Keough, Arbor Park
Corryn Swaney, Otte Blair Middle School
Please do not hesitate to contact myself or the school health aides should you have any questions or concerns. Thank you and see you soon!
Bridgette Olson BSN, RN
Health Documents, Permits, and Forms
Physical and Immunization Requirements
It's time to schedule your Kindergarten and 7th Grade Physicals and Immunizations. These can be completed up to six months in advance of the first day of school on August 16, 2023. These need to be received by the school nurse or health aide prior to the first day of school in order for your student to attend school. Please bring updated health forms to your child's open house. Forms and information are on the section below.
When to keep your sick child home:
Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school? Consider keeping your child home if he or she:
• Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher • Has been vomiting
• Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as: − Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite − Productive coughing, sneezing − Headache, body aches, earache − Sore throat A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat. Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness. Does my child have the flu?
• The flu is serious! Call your pediatrician at the first sign of flu symptoms, which typically come on suddenly, including: − High fever − Chills − Head ache, body aches, ear ache − Nausea, vomiting − Dry cough If you’re unsure about the best way to treat your child’s cold or flu, ask your school nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider.