Health & Immunizations


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In Bend-La Pine Schools, we believe student health is a critical component for our students' education. This includes physical, emotional and mental health. The resources on this page can help families answer questions about immunizations, common health ailments and more.

Student Accident & Sickness Insurance

It is important to know that Bend-La Pine Schools do not carry accident insurance for students. This means that you are responsible for the medical bills if your child gets hurt during school activities. However, as a service to you and your child, the District does provide access to a low cost, voluntary purchase student accident/health insurance program. You can learn more here:


When Should I Keep My Child Home?

Do not send an ill child to school. Students should stay home if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • In the past 24 hours your student has had any symptoms of COVID-19 including: cough, fever of 100.4°F or greater, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal congestion or runny nose.
    • Consider seeking immediate medical attention for breathing difficulty (unable to catch their breath, gasping for air, breathing too fast or too shallowly, breathing with extra effort such as using muscles of the stomach, chest or neck).
  • In the past 24 hours your student has taken medication to treat a fever (100.4° F or greater) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), etc.
  • Your student has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  • Your student has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or with someone who is awaiting COVID-19 test results recommended by a health care professional or health department in the past 14 days.
  • Skin Rash or Sores: ANY new rash if not previously diagnosed by a health care provider OR if rash is increasing in size OR if new sores or wounds are developing day-to-day OR if rash, sores or wounds are draining and cannot be completely covered with a bandage.
    • Stay home until rash is resolved OR until sores and wounds are dry or can be completed covered with a bandage OR until diagnosis and clearance are provided by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Headache with a stiff neck and fever OR headache with recent head injury not yet seen and cleared by licensed health provider.
  • Jaundice: Yellowing of the eyes or skin (new or uncharacteristic) a) Must be seen by a licensed prescriber and cleared before return to school
  • Concerning eye symptoms: colored drainage from the eyes OR unexplained redness of one or both eyes OR eye irritation accompanied by vision changes OR symptoms such as eye irritation, pain, redness, swelling or excessive tear production that prevent active participation in usual school activities. a
    • Students with eye symptoms who have been seen and cleared by a licensed prescriber may remain in school after indicated therapy has been started.
  • Behavior change: unexplained uncharacteristic irritability, lethargy, decreased alertness, or increased confusion OR any unexplained behavior change accompanied by recent head injury not yet assessed and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Lice (live bugs): May return after a pediculicide lice treatment shampoo has been applied (per manufacturer or physician instruction) and there are no live bugs. See district lice procedure: English or Spanish
  • Strep throat: May return after after 24 hours on antibiotics.
  • Major health event: may include an illness lasting more than 2 weeks; a surgical procedure with potential to affect vital signs or active participation in school activities; or a new or changed health condition for which school staff is not adequately informed, trained, or licensed to provide care.
    • Student should not be at school until health and safety are addressed.
    • School staff should follow appropriate process to address reasonable accommodations and school health service provision in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
  • Student requires more care than the school staff can safely provide:
    • Student should not be at school until health and safety are addressed.
    • School staff should follow appropriate process to address reasonable accommodations and school health service provision in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

Immunization Information

Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. Nearly every facility that provides care for a child outside the home requires immunizations or a medical or non-medical exemption to stay enrolled.

  • Kindergarten students & new students are not allowed to attend school until they have a minimum of one dose each of required vaccines.
  • Required vaccines: English and Spanish
  • If your student does not meet the state requirements for immunization you will receive an exclusion notice mailed in late fall or early winter. This is a letter stating that your child must be immunized according to state requirements or will not be admitted to school starting on February 17, 2021. If you receive an exclusion notice, contact your medical provider to have your child immunized. Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 17, 2021 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are up-to-date.
  • Students may return to or begin school after parents bring proof of up-to-date immunizations or the appropriate medical or non-medical exemptions to the school office.
  • For immunizations contact your child’s health care provider or other resources.
  • Tuberculosis testing may be required for students born in a foreign country.
  • Students may be exempted from receiving certain immunizations for medical or non-medical reasons.
Kindergarten students will have an additional exclusion date of November 17. Parents will receive notification at the time of enrollment or early in the school year if their student needs immunizations for this exclusion date.

Immunization Rates for Bend-La Pine Schools

  • Learn the district's immunization rates here. Search the document for your school.
  • Oregon immunization rates by county here.

Why Should I Immunize My Child?

CDC

Deschutes County Health Department

NonMedical Vaccine Exemptions

Where Can I Get My Child Immunized?

  • Child's primary health care provider
  • Most local participating pharmacies provide vaccines for children 7 years and older
  • Immunization Locations for Kids

My Child is Enrolled in Online School, Does He or She Need to Be Immunized?

If they attend school or activities five or more days during a year, they must comply with state immunization requirements.

Who Can I Talk to if I Have Questions or Need Help?

Your school’s office or school nurse as well the Deschutes County Health Department.

Additional Immunization Information

CDC Immunization Information


Medication Use

What If My Student Needs to Take Medication During the Day?

A student with asthma or severe allergies may be permitted to administer medication to themselves without assistance from designated personnel. The student must demonstrate the ability, developmentally and behaviorally, to self-administer prescription and/or non-prescription medication and must have the following documentation completed:

  1. A signed Bend-La Pine consent form for self-medication administration. Medication Self Administration Form
  2. For asthma, diabetes: A medication prescribed by a prescriber or other licensed health care professional for managing the student’s condition and directs use by the student while the student is in school. The prescriber will include acknowledgment that the student has been instructed in the correct and responsible use of the prescribed medication.
  3. The permission to self-administer the medicine from a Bend-La Pine school nurse.
  4. With the exception of epinephrine, Glucagon, insulin, and topical creams, all self-administered medications should be in the original container and contain only the amount of medication needed for that day.

What If I Want My Student to Carry His or Her Own Medicine During the Day?

Applies to students in grades 6-12. Complete the 2 sided, self medication form and turn it into the counseling or main office. Students may only carry one day's dose and it must be in the original container. Asthma rescue inhalers will have many doses.

What About Cough Drops, Orajel, Antibiotic Ointment and Other Topical Creams?

All of the above have to be treated like medication at school because they contain active ingredients and can cause allergic reactions and/or over-dosage. Parents need to bring them to school and sign a permission form.

For older students, in order to self carry the cough drops, a self medication form must be completed by the parent and student. The easiest way to avoid this is to use hard candy instead of medicated cough drops.

Consider medicating your child with Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the morning if they have tooth pain instead of sending medication to school. Be sure to access dental care as needed. If you need assistance with this, contact your school nurse. Some children are allergic to topical creams so they must be stored in the health room and a permission form signed by the parent. For older students who want to self carry, please complete a self medication form.