Back to School - A Healthy Start
Parents should notify the school nurse prior to the beginning of the school year if their child has a health concern like asthma, diabetes, or seizures. Early notification will initiate an individualized health care plan that will include physician's orders for any health procedure that may need to be done during the school day.
Sleep, fluids, regular exercise, proper nutrition, family time, and good personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing, are effective ways to keep everyone in the family healthy.
When should I keep my child home from school?
A student should not be in attendance and will be sent home with any of the following:
- Temperature (orally) 100 degrees or more, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- If sent home from school with any of these symptoms, student must remain at home for the full school day following day dismissed. In addition, student must be free of above symptom(s) without administration of any fever reducing medications or other medication to relieve symptom(s) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Symptoms related to possible communicable diseases (skin rashes, redness of eyes, swollen glands, etc.)
- Excessive drainage from eyes, ears, persistent earache, constant cough; or painful sore throat accompanied by enlarged lymph nodes.
- Students with (or having the potential to transmit) an acute infectious disease or parasite.
- Head lice and/or nits.
Students excluded from school for health reasons may return based on the exclusion specification. Any questions regarding when to return to school should be discussed with the school nurse and/or health services.
Students returning to school after injury, including concussion and/or surgery with crutches, casts or slings should present physician release to return to school along with any modifications or accommodations that need to be made.
For further information about common childhood illnesses, visit the Health Services web page.