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Health Services

School Nurse placing a band aid on a knee.

A part-time Registered Nurse is assigned to each elementary and middle school and a full-time Registered Nurse is assigned to the high school. There are also clinic aides available during school hours to take care of ill children, minor injuries and administration of specific medications.

If your child is complaining of being sick in the morning, please take their temperature before sending them to school. If the child is vomiting, has diarrhea or has a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater, the child must stay home from school until they are fever-free, vomit free or diarrhea free (without the use of medication) for 24 hours.

Gahanna-Jefferson students are excluded from school in accordance with the recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health via the Ohio Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Chart.

Emergency Medical Authorization

Annually, before the first day of October, the Board of Education will advise parents of the need to complete or update their child’s medical information and Emergency Medical Authorization (EMA). Thereafter, the Board shall, within thirty (30) days after the entry of any student for the first time into a public school in this district, advise the child's parent of the need to complete or update their child’s medical information Emergency Medical Authorization. The electronic form must be completed within thirty (30) days from the beginning of the school year or the student’s entry to school (if the student enrolls after the first day of the school year) or that student may be temporarily excluded from field trips.