Important Information for Incoming Freshmen
Please Read: Freshman Letter
- Updated vaccinations: Most freshmen need Meningococcal and Tdap vaccines. Please see the Immunizations section, below, for details.
- Physical exam: Completed within two years of entering freshman year. (This will not be accepted to play sports.)
- Sports physical exam: If a student plans to play sports during 2019-20, they must have a DIAA sports physical completed after April 1. (This is accepted as a regular physical exam.)
- Emergency action plan: If your student has a serious or life-threatening condition, you must have an emergency action plan completed by a physician and provided to the nurses. This may include having medication.
- Medication: If your student needs medication, you must sign paperwork provided by the nurses’ office and provide the physician-prescribed, pharmacy-labeled medication directly to the nurses.
- Wellness Center: The Wellness Center is available to all students once the Wellness Center consent form is completed and turned in.
"Our goal is to keep you as healthy and well informed as possible."
Open from 8:30 a.m. until 2:15 pm
Monday through Friday.
After 2:15 pm our office is open for emergencies, screenings, or missed routine medications only!
Being Healthy is Our Priority!
We believe there are so many things you can do to help your school day go better. You may hear us encourage you to eat breakfast, drink more water, get enough sleep, or reduce the volume on your ear buds. So many simple little things that you can do to help yourself, can really make a huge difference in your performance at school. Great habits go a long way.
First, we would like to encourage you to participate in our breakfast and lunch program here. Breakfast is such an important meal and this is where your body is really looking forward to “breaking the fast” and starting your day. When you eat a really healthy breakfast, you have given your brain and your body the best fuel to start off your day. This will provide you with the best opportunity for a great outcome of your day.
Our lunches are split up into four lunch times. Sometimes, students have to wait until D Lunch which begins at 1:10 pm. This can seem like an eternity to a very hungry teenager. In order to remedy this, our Director of Nutrition Services has put into place a new “mid-morning” grab and go breakfast. This grab and go breakfast is a bagged meal that the students can literally “grab and go” to their next class. They have the option to this mid-morning bagged meal so they are not so hungry by the time that late lunch finally arrives, or just in case they were not able to eat breakfast earlier in the day. Research shows an improved performance in the classroom when students eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. Nurses see a decrease in anxiety, headaches, and stomach aches when students have eaten a healthy breakfast and lunch as well as hydrate throughout the day.
Hydrating throughout the day means continuously drinking water. It is recommended that we consume at least 8-10, 8 ounce glasses of water every day to maintain a well hydrated body. This plays a huge role in the reduction of headaches as well as many other physical ailments.
We encourage you to wash your hands. Good hand washing is the primary defense in fighting the spread of germs. When washing your hands, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, vigorously rubbing your hands together (using soap and water) getting in between your fingers, including your wrists. Once you have washed your hands thoroughly, rinse and dry them well. This should be done several times a day but especially, after using the bathroom, before consuming food, before touching contact lenses, etc.
Keep in mind that common articles in the classrooms like ink pens, pencils, keyboards, desk tops, counter tops, door handles, light switches, etc. have a lot of hands touching them. Yes, we can clean these hard surfaces, but it is a good idea to wash your hands throughout the day, especially after coming in contact with these common articles. We want everyone to do their part in keeping our school healthy.
Keep in mind, when you are here at school, you are here to learn. We want you to do your best to focus on your education. Limit your time on social media throughout your day and evening. Limit your time gaming throughout your evening so you can get enough sleep. Do your best to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Use your time at home to focus on your homework. Plan ahead so when you get to school the next day, you are prepared. These are good habits that will help you in getting the best education you can get and help you in life.
We are looking forward to helping you stay healthy and keeping you in class so you can get the great education you chose to get here at Sussex Technical High School.
- Medications must be in the original pharmacy-labeled container with the correct name of the student, correct medication in the container, name of the medication, current dose, and expected time of day the nurse will give the medication. Please be sure to check all expiration dates on medications. The nurses must have a written consent on file to assist with these medications.
- Students managing asthma (requiring an inhaler) must obtain the necessary consent form at the beginning of the school year, or when newly diagnosed, and obtain the necessary documentation to be “qualified” to self-carry their inhaler. We will need a copy of your Asthma Action Plan.
- Students with diabetes are requested to come to the nurses office at the beginning of the school year, or when newly diagnosed. We will need a copy of the student’s diabetic plan of care.
- Students with severe allergies (food, bee stings, etc.) are requested to come to the nurses office at the beginning of the school year, or when newly diagnosed. We will need a copy of your Emergency Action Plan.
- Students managing any other serious medical concerns (heart condition, seizures, etc.) are requested to come to the nurses office at the beginning of the school year, or when newly diagnosed. We will need a copy of your Emergency Action Plan.
- Students are NOT permitted to carry any medication (including Tylenol, Advil, etc.) on their person at any time.
- Please read the student agenda regarding the Department of Education’s medication guidelines and regulations.
Emergency Health Forms
All families should take time to complete the Emergency Health Form. This form is required to be on file, to please return this at the beginning of every year. We ask that you notify the nurses with any medical changes or concerns that take place throughout the year, as well as any changes in emergency contact information.
If the Emergency Health Form is not on file within 30 days of entering school, we have the right to exclude your student from school.
All students are required by Delaware DOE regulation to have current immunizations upon entering a Delaware public school.
- 5 or more doses of Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Td) vaccine (unless 4th dose was given after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) or Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) (unless 3rd dose was given after the 4th birthday)
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
- 2 doses of Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccine
- 2 doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) or documented history of disease by a licensed healthcare provider
- All 9th grade students and new enterers are also required to have Tdap and meningococcal vaccinations.
If the immunizations are not on file within 30 days of entering school, we have the right to exclude your student from school.
All students are required by Delaware DOE regulation to have a current physical examination completed within two years of entering the freshman year.
- If your student is not participating in a sport, a regular physical on a Delaware School Health Examination Form or physicals printed by their primary care physician will be accepted. For a copy of the form, click here.
- Physicals and certain immunizations may be completed at Sussex Tech’s Wellness Center by becoming a member and calling (302) 856-4360. Our Wellness Center is available during the summer months; please call for an appointment.
- Any student wishing to participate in sports must have a current DIAA physical on file. The DIAA sports physical must be performed after April 1 of each year to be qualified for sports for the following school year. An athlete will not be permitted to practice or participate without the athletic DIAA physical form and without all of the required signatures. For a copy of the DIAA form, click here.
If the physical examination is not on file within 30 days of entering school, we have the right to exclude your student from school.
According to Delaware guidelines, all new entering students will have scoliosis, vision, and hearing screenings during the school year. A letter will be sent home with your child if a follow-up with their physician is needed.