Bridges Preparatory School (BPS) has two nurses offices on campus. One is located in the elementary school and the other is located in between the middle and high schools. The elementary nurses office is open from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The middle/high school nurses office is open from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Both offices are staffed by full-time registered nurses.
It is the focus of our health team to ensure student health and wellness needs are attended to. Our nursing staff provides first-aid for injuries and care for illnesses that occur at school. A medical record is maintained on each student.
In order to ensure the continued wellness of our entire school, students should be kept at home when they are sick, have a fever, or have undiagnosed rashes.
A child should be fever-free, without taking fever-reducing medicine, for 24 hours before returning to school.
Medicine should be given at home if at all possible. If the doctor’s orders indicate that medicine must be given during school hours, it will be given by the school nurse (or a staff member designated by the nurse).
All prescription medications must be in their original prescription containers and labeled with the student’s name, date, name of medicine, dose and time it is to be given. A parent/guardian must bring the medicine to school, along with our Prescription Medication Form completed and signed by the student's doctor and parent/guardian.
If a student is found with prescription medicine on his/her person, the medicine will be confiscated and held in the office until a parent or guardian can come pick up the medicine or provide a Prescription Medication Form for the medicine to be dispensed at school. The student may not carry controlled or prescription substances such as prescription pain medicine, Ritalin, Adderall and others to school.
A parent/guardian must bring the medicine to the Health Room and sign a form authorizing the nurse (or a staff member designated by the nurse) to give the medicine. All medicine must be in the original container with the full label intact.
Students found to be in possession of medicine at school, without pre-authorized permission, will be subject to the discipline code.
A record of current immunizations is required by law for all students within 30 days of enrollment at BPS. Failure to present this record will result in the student not being able to attend until the record is presented to the school.
A schedule of required immunizations can be obtained at the SC DHEC website as well as the Health Department or your healthcare provider. Our school nurse can also provide you with this information.
Please review our COVID-19 Policy for the most up-to-date information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will masks be required in school facilities?
It is against State Proviso 1.108 for the school to require mandatory mask-wearing for staff and students in schools. As such, masks are optional.
Are there any areas where masks will be required?
The South Carolina Department of Education has shared that masks can be required in school nursing rooms and athletic trainer areas, and could be required as needed.
Will there be temperature checks this year?
Temperature checks will be upon referral to the nurse’s office.
Will water fountains be working again?
Bottle filling machines will be in use to reduce the spread of germs.
Will your protocols change if the virus gets worse?
Bridges Preparatory School will continue to monitor our schools’ cases and consult with CDC and DHEC when formulating our protocols, as well as following state laws.