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Hearing

In Grades 5 & 6, only new students and those students who have a previous history of ear or hearing problems are screened for hearing. A note is sent home if a medical evaluation or treatment is recommended. Again, a teacher or parent may request a hearing screening for any student throughout the school year.

Fitness

The Fitness4Life Club was first organized during the 2003-04 school year. Westview Elementary school nurse Mrs. Elaine Schrock and PE teacher Mr. Michael Grieser started the Club to promote physical fitness among students and staff. Currently the club is organized by the school nurse Mrs. Sherilyn Lackey and Mr. Michael Grieser.

Each year approximately 150-180 students and staff participate in the Fitness4Life Club during a 15 minute recess. The Club is open 6 months during the school year to anyone who wishes to participate.

Participating students who reach the goal of exercising at least 15 days per month receive a certificate and a token. Students who participate in the Club 5 or 6 months thoughout the school year receive various incentives rewards thoughout the school year.

Medication

If it is necessary for a child to take medication during school hours, written verification is needed both from the doctor and a parent/guardian. (A prescription label is considered doctor verification.)

It is preferred that an adult bring in any prescriptive medication that a child is to take at school. Students will not be permitted to carry a controlled substance with them to and from school. An adult must bring medication classified as a "controlled substance" to the school.

No medication should be sent to school unless it is absolutely necessary.

Medication that is prescribed three times a day can usually be given before school, after school, and at bedtime. This would eliminate the need to send medication to school.

Prescription medications as well as over-the-counter medications should be in the original container if they are sent to school. If it is necessary to send antibiotics or other prescribed medications to school, please send ONLY enough for school in the prescription labeled container. If sending over-the-counter medication, send it in the labeled container and only enough to be given at school.

When medication is sent to school, please send a note with the medication giving parental permission for it to be given. If medicine is given before school, please note the time it was given along with the permission.

Herbal and homeopathic preparations that are not FDA approved will not be administered at school.

Vision

All students in Grade 5 are individually screened for vision problems in August and September. Those students in Grade 6 who wear glasses or have had previous borderline results of vision testing or are new to Westview are also screened. In all cases a note is sent home if a referral to an eye doctor for more complete testing is indicated. A teacher or parent may request a vision screening for a student anytime during the school year

Illness

Please do not send a child to school if he/she has a fever or is vomiting. A student should be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication before returning to school.

Because school attendance is very important to us at Westview, keep in mind the policy on reporting student absences.

  • Please call us by 9:00 a.m. the day of their absence. You may leave a message on our voice mail if you call before 7:45 a.m. Be sure to state who you are, the reason your student is absent, and give a phone number where you can be reached.
  • Send a note to school with another student on the day of their absence.
  • Let us know ahead of time by phone call or note in the case of a planned absence.

Please be sure to update changes in your student's health information. The types of information that are important for the school to know are; medications the student is taking, allergies, immunization updates, any infectious disease, and contact telephone numbers.