If a child does not feel well, he/she will not do well in school. Therefore, it is in their best interest to keep them home and consult your physician if they have any of the following symptoms, which may indicate the onset of a communicable disease:
- fever (must be fever free for 24 hours if temperature is 100.6 or higher)
- runny nose
- watering or discharging eyes
- sore throat
- swollen glands
- skin rash or spots
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (must be symptom free for 12 hours before returning to school)
Make sure the school knows where and how to contact you in case of accident or illness. If there are any changes made on this information please notify the school. A child with a fever of 100.6 degrees or more will not be permitted to remain at school. Your child needs to be fever-free for 24 hours before coming back to school.
Students have many more allergies to deal with today. Many are life threatening. If your teacher informs you that there are specific allergies, caused by specific foods (e.g. peanuts), please be considerate by not sending foods that could cause a potential health situation.
Regulations Governing Medication at School
If a medication is necessary for a student's well being and ability to function during the school day and cannot be administered outside the school day, it can be given in school.
The following are some examples:
- medication to be used in emergency, i.e. acute allergic reaction, inhalers
- medication to be given on a regular schedule due to a short-term illness, i.e. last few days of a 10 day penicillin illness
- medication to be given on a long-term basis for a chronic problem
Parent Request and Physician Order for Medication form must be signed by the parent/guardian and physician and kept available to the person administering the medication. After the medication is no longer given, the request is filed in your child's permanent record. In the case of long-term medications, requests are updated at the beginning of each school year. All medications are stored in locked locations and are generally administered in the office.
This includes over-the-counter medication (Tylenol, cough drops, etc.). These medications are given with physician's orders only.