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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  When should I keep my child home from school?
       a. When your child complains of being sick, and has symptoms like sore throat, head cold, diarrhea, vomiting, or has had a fever of 100F in the last 24 hours, your child should remain at home.
       b. If your child needs a dose of medication for the above symptoms in the morning, they need to stay at home.  PLEASE DO NOT send your child after having had a dose of Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the morning....it will wear off and the fever will return.
       c. A more difficult call is when your child complains of being sick in the morning, but you do not see any symptoms.  Then you have to use your best judgment, if you decide to send your child PLEASE DO NOT tell your child "if you feel bad go to the nurse", your child will think that means; right off the bus go to the clinic, first thing in the morning.  PLEASE SAY "Go to school, go to class and try to make it today", tell your child you will check on them later in the day.  If they really feel bad they will go to the clinic during the day.

Q.  What is the policy for sending children home from school?
       a. Children will be sent home for oral fevers of 100F.  Children will be sent home who are complaining of nausea, vomiting, tummy aches, headache, or sore throat who act sick; sleeping, laying around quiet, not talking or playing with others in the clinic.  Children with head lice, head lice nits, conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) with drainage will also be sent home.

Q.  When will the children not be sent home?
       a. Children will not be sent home who are complaining of nausea, vomiting, tummy aches, headache, or sore throat, but who do not act sick when lying down in the clinic (playful, talkative and active in the clinic).  Children with conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) who do not have puss-like drainage will not be sent home.

Q.  When my child has been home sick, when can they return to school?
       a. Once the symptoms have stopped and they are fever free (oral temperature less than 100F) for 24 hours your child may return to school.  If your child has had a fever the evening/night before please do not send them back to school in the morning, even if the temperature is down first thing in the morning.  Often early morning temperatures are a degree or two below what it will be by afternoon.

Q.  When will I be called by the school nursing staff?
       a. If your child is sick, has head lice, or an unidentified (by you) problem is brought to the attention of the nursing staff.  For instance, Johnny comes to the clinic with an unidentified rash that has not been seen on Johnny before, Johnny states Mom has not seen it because it just started, a parent will be called.  Parents will  also be called for any injuries of significance (small scrapes will be treated without calling), any changes in known health conditions, and any health conditions that are not responding as expected to medications/treatments provided in the clinic.  Nursing staff may also call because they are worried about a behavior or behavior change seen in your child.  If you are concerned about a particular aspect of your child's health/safety or would like to be notified regarding something in particular, please talk with your school nurse or clinic attendant so the two of you can work closely together for the benefit of your child.

Q.  When reporting my child is sick, what should I report to school?
       a. Let us know what is wrong with your child, rather than saying he is sick, say he has a fever and diarrhea or she has a head cold, etc.   This will allow us to better keep track of the types of illnesses currently in the school.
       b. Let us know when your physician diagnoses a contagious illness like Strep
           Throat, Mono, Hepatitis A, pin worms, meningitis, Shigella, ringworm, scabies,
           flu, or any of the childhood illnesses, (German measles, mumps, red measles,
           whooping cough, chicken pox, Scarlet fever or Fifth's disease) especially let us
           know about those diseases that have vaccinations available.
       c. Please let us know if your child has been admitted to the hospital.

Q.  When my child has had head lice, when can they return to school?
       a. Once your child has been treated with an anti-lice product  and all the lice and nits (eggs)
           have been removed from their head, your child may return to school.  A recheck
           will be done by the clinic staff before your child will be allowed to return to class.
           Your child should be retreated in 7 days. 

Q.  What does the school do to prevent the spread of head lice?
       a. When a child is found to have head lice, or a parent calls us to tell us their child
           had head lice, the rest of their class is immediately screened for head lice and
           letters are sent home to parents so they can check their child's head for signs of
           lice.  Children who have had head lice are re-screened upon return to school and
           must be free of live bugs and nits, before they are allowed back into class.
          
       b. Occasionally a case may be difficult to eliminate, at that time additional
           precautions may be taken at school, such as children keeping their coats and
           hats at their desk or in their back pack.


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