Health Office Information and Protocol
Please be aware of how your child is feeling before coming to school in the morning. Parents should keep children home when they exhibit one or more of the following:
- a persistent moist cough
- discolored nasal discharge
- episodes of vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours
- pink eye
- strep throat
- contagious skin rash
The school nurse must be notified for all of the following conditions:
Fever . . . Your child must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
Children diagnosed (by a physician) with contagious conjunctivitis must be kept home until there is no discharge from the eye. The school must receive a note from your physician advising the date of return to school.
Strep Throat: school policy requires 48 hours of antibiotic treatment before returning to school.
Flu: Parents should be aware of the following symptoms of flu:
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
Persistence of these symptoms could indicate the presence of flu. Contact your physician for a diagnosis and advice. A diagnosis of flu requires that the child remains at home until they are fever free without medication for at least 24 hours and are generally feeling well enough to attend school.
Contagious skin condition – Nurse will advise on a case to case basis
Lice – Parent must follow treatment plan set up by physician. Student must be seen and cleared by the school nurse before returning to class. Please call the nurse to arrange for appointment for clearance.
Bedbugs – Please call the nurse for directives,
Please also notify the nurse if your child has:
· An injury requiring the use of crutches
· A cast
· Recent surgery
In general, if your child is “just not right” evaluate the situation and make the decision that will benefit your child as well as his/her classmates. Please remember that a child who is sent to school must be prepared to fully participate in activities, this includes outside lunch recess. Staffing restrictions prohibit us from keeping children indoors at recess. Feel free to call the nurse for her professional advice for any health concern.
Parents: Before sending any treat or snack to the classroom, please check with the teacher, nurse and class mother. We will be able to determine if this is a “safe snack” for the classroom. We encourage parents to read labels on all products before sending them to school. Most products have an “allergy warning” or an “allergy statement” located where the ingredients are listed. In addition to reading all labels, please teach your children good hand washing techniques to keep the classroom as safe as possible.
We are not a peanut free school, although we are mindful of children with food allergies and work to keep their environment as safe as possible.
If your child has allergies, please work with the nurse to develop an individualized plan for your child.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Joanne McDonnell, School Nurse