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Should I Send My Child To School?

Is My Child Sick?

  • The best practice of care is to keep a child home for a minimum of 24 hours after illness symptoms appear
  • Always contact the school to report your child’s absence

When can my child return to school?

  • No fever (100° or more) for 24 hours without the use of medication
  • No vomiting for 24 hours
  • No watery stools for 24 hours
  • No rash and/or communicable disease unless written release is provided by a health care provider
  • On an antibiotic for at least 24 hours

What health services are available during my child’s day?

  • Basic first aid for illness/injury
  • Parental notification of illness/injury
  • Medication administration
  • Attendance tracking
  • Vision and hearing screenings available upon request

Who provides health services during school hours?

  • Health Room Assistants work under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse
  • Health Room Assistants are trained in First Aid and CPR/AED skills
  • School District Nurse supports the Health Room Program by scheduling time for each building (available anytime by pager / provides oversight for health services in multiple schools)
  • Please request contact with the School District Nurse through the Health Room Assistant if your child requires special health services (i.e. management of diabetes, severe allergies, seizures, special health care procedures, etc.)

What if my child needs medications at school?

  • If possible, schedule medications outside of school hours
  • For Prescription Medications: a written consent by a licensed health care provider and the parent must be on file in the health room before medication can be given
  • For Over-the-Counter Medications: Written consent by a parent/guardian is required before medication can be given
  • All medication needs to be in the original, manufacturer’s container or a pharmacy-labeled container Medication must be transported by parent/guardian to and from school
  • Medication must be administered through the Health Room unless written consent is provided for self-administration of inhalers or Epi-Pens. Medications will be given according to manufacturer’s instructions following directions on box/packaging for dosing.

How is health information shared at school?

  • Teachers and support staff are notified on a “need to know” basis
  • Please update your child’s health status annually by notifying your school secretary.
  • Please pre-arrange alternative care providers, with available transportation, if your child were to be sick/injured and you could not be reached (Update changes throughout the year with the Health Room Assistant)

Your child’s health and safety is our goal while in the learning environment!

Please contact your child's health room with questions or concerns.