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We feel that it is vitally important for all parties interfacing with the problem of truancy stand united on keeping children in school and helping them obtain the best education possible. As physicians, we recognize that illness may occasionally interfere with the learning process and that school is always a place where diseases may potentially be spread. Please take this quiz to see how much the medical community can impact school attendance and academic achievement. The York County Truancy Prevention Initiative has FERPA forms that you can provide in your patient files so that you can request attendance data with the school. We also have framed AAP policies on attendance and a York County Medical Excuse Note, preferred and accepted by all York County s

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A 10 year old girl in 5th grade presents to you asking for a school excuse for the abdominal pain that has kept her out of school for the last 3 days.  She states that she felt feverish, and there was no vomiting, but a few loose bowel movements.  Exam is normal.  You should:
    • A. 

      Inquire about why she needs a school excuse.

    • B. 

      Decline to give a school excuse based on the lack of objective findings and historical facts that should keep her out of school.

    • C. 

      Ask about school performance and social interaction at school

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    The effect that skipping school has on a child’s school achievement is worse than the effects of a child with multiple medical excuse notes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    The school nurse calls and wants to discuss a 13 year old female patient with you.  She goes to the nurse for menstrual cramps for 2 days monthly and just hangs out there taking ibuprofen the nurse gives her.  She says that her parents won’t buy any for her.  Your response:
    • A. 

      Refuse to discuss patient with school nurse due to HIPAA.

    • B. 

      Prescribe meloxicam for the patient at her pharmacy.

    • C. 

      Make a note in the patient’s chart and ask the parents to bring the child in for further discussion.

    • D. 

      Tell the nurse to keep doing what she is currently doing.

  • 4. 
    Providing an excuse note without having seen the child:
    • A. 

      Benefits both doctor and patient.

    • B. 

      Assures that school achievement is not affected.

    • C. 

      May help parent avoid consequences of truancy.

    • D. 

      Should be done on a case-by-case basis.

  • 5. 
    Home school instruction is paid for by:
    • A. 

      Parents

    • B. 

      Insurance

    • C. 

      School District

    • D. 

      Does not cost additional money

  • 6. 
    Schools have the requirement and the resources to accommodate students with mental and physical disabilities.  
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    A 17 year old male in 11th grade is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and put on medication, but says that school is too hard for him and he can no longer keep up.  He can receive free mental health services. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    To best serve the needs of my patients who are students, it is important to:
    • A. 

      Develop and post a policy for “excuses” informing your patients of what to expect from you.

    • B. 

      Advocate for what the parent thinks is necessary.

    • C. 

      Work with the school to create a plan so that the child can remain in school as much as possible.

    • D. 

      Both Options A and B

    • E. 

      Both Options A and C

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