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Health & Wellness

 

HHCA has a dedicated Health and Safety Team that monitors medical updates and guides policies, protocols, and planning.
 
HHCA Health and Safety Team:
 
Doug Langhals Jen Bowen Steve Bryant
Head of School School Nurse Director of Security
 
Rachel Bagenstose Parker Collins Tabatha DeWitt
Chief Financial Officer Academic Dean Director of Technology

 

 

Jen Bowen, HHCA's school nurse, is an integral member of HHCA's Health & Safety Team.  Jen is a Registered Nurse with 13 years of nursing experience in numerous settings, including public schools, hospitals (Labor and Delivery), and public health. She holds a degree from Emory University's Woodruff School of Nursing.  Jen is on-campus every day, providing care and meeting the health needs of HHCA students, faculty, and staff.

 

 
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Below you will find important health and wellness information and policies for the 2021-2022 school year:
 

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HHCA continues to move forward thoughtfully and prayerfully as our Health and Safety Team closely monitors the COVID-19 virus. Families can access our COVID-19 policy and related information in the resource board section of your MyHHCA account. The policy will be adapted as necessary by our Health and Safety Team to ultimately accomplish our mission. As with all that we do, Hilton Head Christian Academy will continue to rely on God’s guidance in all areas.

 

 

 
All families must provide current and up-to-date immunization records for my child as a condition of enrollment.
 
If your child has an out-of-state immunization record and has received all the immunizations required for school attendance, the school nurse will enter your child’s immunization information into SIMON to generate and print an SC Certificate of Immunization for your child. This will help you avoid a visit to your health care provider or the health department to get a copy of your child's SC Certificate of Immunization.
 
Please note that SC Religious Exemption Forms can only be obtained from the Health Department.
 
Immunization records should be uploaded to your child's Magnus account before August 1, 2021.
 
HHCA uses Magnus Health, an online portal, to manage student health information, including immunization records, sports physicals, emergency and allergy action plans, consent-to-treat forms, and permission slips. Parents and caregivers gain access to their student's Magnus account through MyHHCA once the enrollment process is complete. 
 
For the 2021-2022 school year, parents are strongly encouraged to download the Magus Mobile/PHR app. Click here for download instructions and important information.  
 
After downloading the app, be sure to click on the "Student Health Tracker" icon to begin updating student records. 
 
After completing the Vital Health Record update, be sure to click on the menu button located at the top right and choose "submit for approval."
 
 
All 5th-12th grade students who are planning to participate in HHCA athletics (some 5th graders are permitted to play on Middle School athletic teams with the permission of the Athletic Department) are required to obtain a sports physical and complete required SCISA athletic waivers prior to the start of school and/or summer practices.
 
Physicals are only valid for the current school year.
 
Every student athlete’s physical must be completed after May 1, 2021 and before the first day of school, for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

If a child is required to take medication during the school day and the parent cannot be at school to administer the medication, only the school nurse (RN), or the RN's trained designee (Unlicensed Assistive Personnel) will administer the medication.

 
Any prescription medication required to be administered during the school day or on an off-campus field trip will require an HHCA Prescription Medication Authorization Form signed by a physician and parent or guardian.

 

Please notify Mrs. Higgs at our front desk when your child is not feeling well and will be absent from school.  If you have specific questions about your child's return to school after being ill, please refer to the return to school illness policy below.  Nurse Bowen is happy to answer any questions as well. You can email her or call the school at 843-681-2878.

 
 
As a member of the HHCA community, parents and caregivers are to monitor the health of their student(s) and keep him/her home from school when ill to reduce the spread of contagious illnesses in the interest of the health of other students and staff at HHCA. Students must remain home from school until they have been without vomiting, diarrhea, and fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. In addition, some contagious illnesses require students to be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Parents/caregivers should notify the front office or school nurse if their child is absent from school due to illness to ensure that proper policy is followed. Our current COVID-19 policy can be found HERE.

 

Hilton Head Christian Academy believes that off-campus educational trips enhance the learning experience and bring classroom lessons to life. Field trips are a part of the curriculum for K-12 students.

 
Students must be lice and nit-free in order to attend school.
 
Students who are found to have lice or nits will be sent home for treatment and lice/nit removal. After treatment, upon returning to school, a parent or guardian must accompany their child to the nurse's office for a lice check prior to the student returning to classes.
 
In lieu of coming to the health office for a lice check, families also have the option to present documentation of professional lice treatment.

jen bowenJen Bowen, RN 

School Nurse
(843) 681-2878