School Health Information
Healthy students are better learners!
Please use this site to find important information related to School Health, including required forms, immunization information, and health and safety information.
The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization Program strives to prevent disease, disability and death in children, adolescents and adults through vaccination. Please read the 2021-2022 Required and Recommended School Immunizations so that you are aware of the immunization requirements. Please send a doctor's office generated immunization record to the school nurse for each of your children attending St. Joe.
The State of Indiana recognizes only two reasons of non-immunization of children. One is medical. If your child has a medical reason for not being immunized, there is a form that must be filled out every school year. A physician is the only health care provider that is able to sign this form. The second reason is religious. If religion is the reason, the parent must sign a form annually. These forms are due on the first day of school.
Medication During the School Day
We do not supply stock medication for students. Any medication that needs to be given during the school day needs to be brought to school, in the original packaging, by the parent, along with the necessary paperwork.
Over-the-Counter Medication: If you want your child to receive any over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, Tums, etc. please send in a supply with your child's name marked on the outside of its original container and complete the Written Consent for Administration of Medication for Parents form with your signature.
Prescription Medication: State law requires that prescription medication be accompanied by written permission from both the parent/guardian and a doctor. A Written Consent for Administration of Medication for Physicians is required to be signed by your physician, along with the Written Consent for Administration of Medication for Parents for all prescription medications, like inhalers, epi pens, timed medications, etc. Please bring the medication to school in the original container, with a pharmacy generated label, along with the necessary paperwork.
If your child has a food allergy and requires an epi pen and/or antihistamine to be kept at school, please reach out to the school nurse in order to set up a health plan meeting. The medications will be kept in the main office, where they are easily accessible. The following paperwork will be required if your child will be keeping an epi pen at school:
Epi Pen Release Form (for older students who will carry their epi pen with them)
If your child suffers from asthma and will be keeping an inhaler at school, please let the school nurse know if you would like to set up a health plan meeting. The inhaler will be kept in the main office, where it will be easily accessible. The following paperwork will be required if your child will be keeping an inhaler at school:
Inhaler Consent and Release Form (for older students who will carry their inhaler with them)
Vision and Hearing Screening
Each year, students are screened for visual acuity and hearing. Visual acuity screenings will be for students in grades 1, 3, 5, 8, and new students in grades 2, 4, 6, 7. Hearing screenings will be done for students in grades K, 1, 4, 7 and new students in grades 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8. Parents are free to opt out of this screening, if they desire. Dates will be announced later this fall.
Helpful Forms School Fax Number: 574-234-0524
CHIRP consent (The Children and Hoosier Immunization Registry Program)
Registration Packet- Forms (For Kindergarten and New Families)