Children should attend school when they are well enough to participate in all regular classes and recesses. (There are special exceptions such as broken bones, post surgery, etc.). Sending a child to school who is not well is unfair to the child, his teacher, and his classmates. Fever and vomiting should have subsided for at least 24 hours to prevent the spread of infection.
Please remember that the school nurse is not permitted to diagnose illness or injuries. Do not send your child to school expecting this to be done. Injuries occurring at home cannot be dressed or re-treated by school personnel.
Any medications to be given at school must be accompanied by an order from the doctor with specific instructions. It is preferred that medications are not sent to school unless there is no other alternative. The school nurse will dispense all medications prescribed by the doctor. The medications must be in the original bottle.
Some general guidelines are:
- A child running a fever of 100 degrees or higher should stay home.
- A child running a fever of 99+ degrees will probably have trouble keeping up with normal activities and may well become really sick before the day is over.
- A child with a low-grade fever (99+ degrees) combined with other symptoms and discomfort should stay home.
The rule of thumb is: Fever free for 24 hours without medication.
Other reasons to keep a child home:
- Too much coughing
- Very congested
- Very runny nose
- Unexplained rash
- Contagious disease/infection
- Contagious skin disorder
- Head lice
Please alert staff if your child has been exposed to chicken pox, head lice, or any other communicable diseases.
NOTE: Latex balloons are not allowed in school due to allergic reactions of some students/staff.
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