Health Advisory Board
Q. When should I keep my child home from school?
a. When your child complains of being
sick, and has symptoms like sore throat, head cold,
diarrhea, vomiting, or has had a fever greater than 100°F, in the last 24
hours, your child should remain at home.
b. If your child needs a dose of
medication for the above symptoms in the morning, they need to
stay at home. PLEASE DO NOT send your child after having had a dose of
Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the morning....it will wear off and the fever will return.
c. A more difficult call is when your child
complains of being sick in the morning, but you
do not see
any symptoms. Then you have to use your best judgment, if you
decide to send your child PLEASE DO NOT tell your child
"if you feel bad go to the nurse", your child will think that
means; right off the bus go to the clinic, first thing in the morning. PLEASE SAY
to school, go to class and try to make it today", tell your child
will check on them later in the day. If they really feel bad
they will go to the clinic during
What is the policy for sending children home from school?
a. Children will be sent home for
oral fevers above 100°F. Children will be sent home who are
complaining of nausea, vomiting, tummy aches, headache, or sore throat
who act sick; sleeping, laying around quiet, not talking or playing with others
in the clinic. Children with head lice, head lice nits,
conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
with drainage will also be sent home.
When will the children not be sent home?
a. Children will not be sent home who
are complaining of nausea, vomiting, tummy aches,
headache, or sore throat, but who do not act sick when lying down in the clinic
(playful, talkative and active in the clinic). Children with
conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
who do not have puss-like drainage will not be sent home.
When my child has been home sick, when can they return to school?
a. Once the symptoms have stopped and
they are fever free (oral temperature less than 100°F)
for 24 hours your child may return to school. If your child has had a fever the
evening/night before please do not send them back to school in the morning, even
if the temperature is down first thing in the morning. Often early morning
temperatures are a degree or two below what it will be by afternoon.
When will I be called by the school nursing staff?
a. If your child is sick, has head
lice, or an unidentified (by you) problem is brought to the
attention of the nursing staff. For instance, Johnny comes to the
clinic with an
unidentified rash that has not been seen on Johnny before, Johnny states Mom has not
seen it because it just started, a parent will be called. Parents
will also be
called for any injuries of significance (small scrapes will be treated without
calling), any changes in known health conditions, and any health conditions
that are not responding as expected to medications/treatments provided in
the clinic. Nursing staff may also call because they are worried about a
behavior or behavior change seen in your child. If you are concerned about a
particular aspect of your child's health/safety or would like to be
something in particular, please talk with your school nurse or clinic attendant so
the two of you can work closely together for the benefit of your child.
When reporting my child is sick, what should I report to school?
a. Let us know what is wrong with
your child, rather than saying he is sick, say he has a fever
and diarrhea or she has a head cold, etc. This will allow us
to better keep track of
the types of illnesses currently in the school.
b. Let us know when your physician
diagnoses a contagious illness like Strep
Hepatitis A, pin worms, meningitis, Shigella, ringworm, scabies,
flu, or any
of the childhood illnesses, (German measles, mumps, red measles,
cough, chicken pox, Scarlet fever or Fifth's disease) especially let us
those diseases that have vaccinations available.
c. Please let us know if your child
has been admitted to the hospital.
When my child has had head lice, when can they return to school?
a. Once your child has been treated
with an anti-lice product (RID, NIX, A-200,
brand or prescription product) and all the lice and nits (eggs)
removed from their head, your child may return to school. A recheck
will be done
by the clinic staff before your child will be allowed to return to class.
should be retreated in 7 days. The clinic staff will recheck your
in 7-10 days
for return of head lice. (See Suggestions for the Elimination of Head
What does the school do to prevent the spread of head lice?
a. When a child is found to have head
lice, or a parent calls us to tell us their child
lice, the rest of their class is immediately screened for head lice and
sent home to parents so they can check their child's head for signs of
Children who have had head lice are re-screened upon return to school and
must be free
of live bugs and nits, before they are allowed back into class.
have had head lice will be automatically re-screened in 7-10 days for
b. Occasionally a case may be
difficult to eliminate, at that time additional
may be taken at school, such as children keeping their coats and
hats at their
desk or in their back pack.