Health Center Policies

When to Return to School After an Illness

Please note: Children should not be sent to school until they have been fever-free (without fever reducing medication) for 24 hours.

Students should not be sent to school with these health problems:

  • Fever of 100.0 F or greater without fever reducing medication.
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea in the past 12 hours.
  • Pink Eye: red, itchy eyes with green or yellow discharge but NO allergy symptoms.
  • ANY illness when the child is not able function normally in the classroom without pain/discomfort. Such illnesses may include but not limited to: severe sore throat, excessive cough, headache, earache, or stomachache.
  • Injuries or surgical procedures that require narcotic medication prior to or during the school day.

Call your child's physician or the school nurse if there is a question as to whether a student needs medical attention or may attend school with an illness or injury.

Does Your Child Have a Medical Condition or Allergy?

If your child has asthma, seizures, diabetes, ADHD, anaphylaxis to food, insects or latex, or any other condition please contact the school nurse. Medications, such as insulin, epi-pens and rescue inhalers should be with your child at all times. It is advised to keep backups stored in the health room should your child need them. Meeting with the school nurse is advised so an emergency action plan can be put in place. This information is shared with your child's teachers to provide the safest environment possible. In order to store medications in the health room a "Medication Administration and Storage" form must be completed every year by your physician. Any medications stored in the health room MUST meet the requirements spelled out in this document. In addition, if your child has food or insect allergies please have your physician complete the "Food Allergy Action Plan" form and submit it to the health room. This is required every new school year.

Medications

Please be aware that the health room has several over-the-counter medications that you as parents can preapprove for administration by the MS/HS nurse. Sometimes children come to school with their own supply of medications or a prescription. Please be aware that sharing of medications from student to student is strictly PROHIBITED. Also please be aware that most prescribed pain medications and ADHD medications are "Controlled Substances" and students are NOT allowed to carry them on their persons. Sharing of medications or carrying controlled substances will result in disciplinary actions. Please keep the school nurse updated on any change in your child's health.

Fever Policy

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If your child has a temperature of 100.0F or higher, they must stay home until the fever has been gone for 24 hours without fever reducers. While a fever itself is not an illness, it is a sign that your child is fighting an illness. To avoid sharing that illness with fellow students and staff, it is important to keep your child home. Giving a fever reducer and sending them to school is not an option. They are still ill and must be at home.

Field Trip Policy

Pick up Policy

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If you are notified that your child is ill and must go home, please arrange to have them picked up within 1 hour. We will try to accommodate special situations but please arrange for an emergency contact person who is available for child pick up if you are unable. If you are out of town for any length of time, please let the school know who is taking responsibility for your child during this time.

Measles Information

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