Illness and Injury

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      Illness/Injury     
       
      First-aid and medical care provided by the school nurse is mainly for illnesses or injuries that occur at school during the school day.
      The Health Office is not set to function like a doctor's office and shouldn't be used as one.
       
      The nurse is qualified to collaborate with you and your child's physician to provide an educational environment in which your child can learn and thrive.  The nurse does not make medical diagnoses, prescribe treatments or medications, but can provide treatments and administer medications you bring in that are prescribed by a physician with a doctor's order
       
      Please remember, cell phones are not to be used during school hours and if your child should call you on their phone complaining of illness, tell them to check in with me.  This reduces a lot of miscommunication and allows for an evaluation and documentation of the visit.
       
       

      1.  School is no place for a sick child.  Please do not send your children to school if:
       
       
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          -  they have a fever                                                
          -  they have vomited within the last 24 hours                                                             
          -  they have any diarrhea in the last 24 hours           
          -  they have any of the symptoms listed below. 
       
       
      Children should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school, regardless of how they feel.  If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as strep throat or pink eye, s/he must have been on antibiotic treatment (and free of fever) for 24 hours prior to returning to school.  Also, please notify the school office or school nurse of any diagnosed communicable disease so that other parents can be notified.


           Signs/symptoms of illness:
              - Fever (oral temp of 100.0 or more)
              - Diarrhea, any loose stools
              - Red, watery eyes, pus in corners
              - Constant sneezing and/or deep cough, constant runny nose
              - Unexplained rash
              - Headache
              - Nausea or vomiting
              - Swelling of the neck or face
              - Flushed face or paleness
              - Very sore throat
              - Painful earache

      2.  Please Do Not  send a sick child to school for the school nurse to decide whether they should be in school.  If in doubt, call your family physician.  School nurses can assess and refer, but we do not diagnose, and will always refer to your physician if in doubt.


      3.  Returning to School   If your child has a temperature in the health office of 100 degrees or greater, policy is that they will be sent home.   Any child with an undiagnosed rash will be sent home and should remain out of school until all symptoms are gone or a physician verifies (with a written note) that the child is not contagious and is well enough to return to school.   If your child is sent home by the school nurse due to fever, vomiting or diarrhea, they may not return to school for at least 24 hours even if they are feeling better.  


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      It's important that parents follow these procedures. It will prevent the spread of contagious diseases, and safe guard the wellness of the other students and staff that would come in contact with an ill child.

      Hand-washing is absolutely the best defense against the spread of germs.  Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water is the best method.  Do not hesitate to call your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.  

      4.  Physical Education Excuses
      Students requesting to be excused from PE must bring a note signed by their parent to the Nurse.  The Nurse will then write an "excused from PE" pass for the student to take to PE.  Any request for three or more consecutive PE excuses must be accompanied by a Physician's written order.   PE teachers will be informed of the length of excuse, and any accommodations that need to be made for your child.  If your child has a health condition that causes him/her to miss PE class frequently, a doctor's note may be requested.