News from the Nurse
Please make sure the school has accurate phone numbers so we can reach you or someone else to pick up your child if they are ill. Please remember to send in new work numbers if you change jobs. Also, remember to inform the nurse of any surgery or serious illness that your child might have that causes them to miss school for a lengthy time. Thank you.
Reminder: If a child requires medicine to be given in school, a parent must request in writing that the medicine be given, and it must be in the original container with the dosage directions on the label. Twice a day medicines should be given at home, with doses spaced as close to 12 hours apart as possible. Three times a day medicines should be given at home in the morning, after school, and at bedtime. If it is not possible for the medicine to be given after school, it will be administered at 2:00 in school. Medicine that is not in the original container (such as a plastic bag) cannot be administered in school.
NONPRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS: School nurses may give nonprescription medications with parental permission. The following guidelines need to be followed:
The school nurse must assess the child's complaint and symptoms to determine if other measures can be used before medication is given.
The school nurse must be notified of any allergies, especially to medication, that your child has.
All medications sent to the school must be in the original container.
This is the law
A record of the medication given will be kept by the school nurse.
Nurses must use restraint at all times in the use of nonprescription medicine.
Please keep in mind that the nurse may still call you before administering any medication and will not administer medication if she does not feel it is necessary.
When to keep your child home from school:
- Temperature over 100 degrees in the last 12-24 hours. If you suspect that they may be sick please check their temperature with a thermometer before sending them to school. If they have a fever it is not appropriate to send them to school, even if you give them Tylenol and their fever breaks. They will still be contagious to other children and will also not be feeling well enough to learn.
- Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 12-24 hours.
- An unexplained rash.
- Red or crusty eyelids or drainage from eyes.
- Headache, cough, sore throat, or congestion severe enough to interfere with attention to school work.
- Flare-ups of asthma, that would make it difficult to work in school.