Important Health Notes from the Nurse
Please note that students may be tested for vision and hearing throughout the school year. Please inform the nurse in writing if you do not wish for your child to have vision and hearing testing done.
The control of communicable disease during the school year is a difficult problem and a grave responsibility. The first responsibility must fall upon the home as parents know the normal appearance of their children and should be the first to detect signs of illness. The following rules will help control communicable diseases in the community.
1. Do not send your child if he/she has a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, unexplained rash or cough. Please check student each morning before leaving for school.
2. Do not send a sick child to school for the nurse to decide whether he/she should be in school. If in any doubt, call the family physician.
3. If your child is sick, reduce contact with other family members.
4. Some of the signs and symptoms of acute illness are:
Fever (oral temp 100.0 or more)
Sneezing and coughing
Shortness of breath
Nausea or vomiting
Red, watering eyes
Flushed face or paleness
Swelling neck or face
Swollen and reddened tongue, fingers or toes
Keep your child home until temperature and symptoms have been normal for 3 days and all symptoms are resolved without the need for medication to reduce it. Extraordinary precautions should be followed due to the COVID19 pandemic. Normal temperature is about 98.6 F. In the event a positive case of COVID19 is discovered, please inform the school nurse immediately.
All ill children MUST be picked up within one hour of detected illness. Please keep emergency information current along with several people who can help in the event that a parent is not able to pick student up. Ill children may not attend or stay at school for any reason.
Any child with an undiagnosed rash should remain out of school until all symptoms are gone or a physician verifies the child is not contagious and is well enough to return to school. Please do not hesitate to call your physician if you have any questions regarding your child.
Children are not allowed at school if they have lice. Please use an appropriate treatment to remove all lice AND nits prior to sending your child back to school.
Any prescribed medications to be administered at school must be accompanied by DVUSD doctors order form stating how medication should be administered at school, the medication with a label from the pharmacy that clearly shows students name, dosage and instructions, and a clear expiration date.
Nebulizer treatments are being discouraged at school by the CDC at this time due to spread of COVID19 virus by aerosolization. Please contact nurse if you have questions concerning treatment at school. Please provide spacer if inhaler is to be used at school.
NSAID medications are also being discouraged for use at school due to possibility that these medications will mask signs and symptoms of serious illness. Please consult with nurse prior to bringing these medications for administration at school.