Friendly Reminder From The Health Room
Maribeth Raymond, MSN, RN, CSN – EPE Nurse
This is the time of the year when many viruses and germs are prevalent. Keeping your ill child at home is an important way to limit the spread of germs at school. Sometimes knowing when to keep your child at home is a difficult decision for parents. Unnecessary absences interfere with learning, time off from work can be a problem and childcare issues can be inconvenient, however little learning takes place for the child when sent to school sick. Illnesses can be spread quickly in a classroom; classmates and staff are at risk for illness when a sick child is sent to school.
Please do not send your child to school if your child:
· Complains of a severe headache
· Has a fever of 100 or higher
· Vomits during the evening or night and still doesn't feel well in the morning
· Has thick yellow or green nasal discharge
· Has inflamed eyes or thick, sticky yellow or white eye drainage
· Has any skin rash unless it has been diagnosed by a physician as non-infectious
Any student with a temperature of 100.0 degrees or more may not attend school. If a student is sent home from school with a fever, he/she may not return to school until they are fever free without medication for 24 hours.
State law requires that students be excluded from school if they are suspected of having a communicable disease.
In the event of illness or accident during the school day, the student will be referred to the school nurse. At the time of registration and at the beginning of each school year, the parent/guardian is requested to fill out an Emergency Information card. The parent/guardian is required to furnish the school with at least one telephone number where the parent/guardian can be contacted during the school day. PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OFFICE OF CHANGES IN YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER (EITHER WORK OR HOME) OR ADDRESS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ARE ABLE TO CONTACT YOU AT ALL TIMES. If a child becomes sick during the day, the school nurse will evaluate the student and may need additional information or assistance.
Parents/guardians must make arrangements to have either a parent, relative, or neighbor available at all times to pick up a child who is ill.
We cannot keep an ill child in school. Please do not send your child to school when ill. This request is made to:
· Protect the student because he/she is more susceptible to secondary illness
· Protect other students from possible communicable disease
q Prescription medication may be administered only at the written request of the child's physician.
q Medications MUST BE in the original prescription bottle and kept by the school nurse.
q There must be written permission from the parent/guardian for the medication to be administered at school. It must be brought in to the nurse in the original container.
q NO medications in envelopes, foil, or baggies will be accepted. Medication must be transported to and from school by an adult.
q Children will not be allowed to carry medications.
q Inhalers that are prescribed to be carried by a student must be accompanied by a physician’s note indicating the competency of self administration by the student as well as the order for the student to carry their inhaler with them.
q All inhaler use must be documented by the nurse.