Illness or Injuries
Students who become sick or injured during the school day are to be sent to the Nurse’s Office. If the nurse determines that the student should be sent home because of illness or injury the following procedures will be followed. Please do not call the school to tell us that your child called and is sick:
- The Nurse will contact the parent by phone.
- The parent will go to the attendance booth to sign their child out to go home.
- If the parent cannot be reached, it will be up to the nurse to keep the student or have him or her returned to their assigned class.
Students who are unable to attend school for an extended period of time due to injury, surgery or illness may be eligible for home-bound instruction. Please contact the office concerning this.
NOTE: All students are to provide a written excuse signed by your parents for each absence, failure to bring in the excuse will result in your report card being marked as an illegal absence.
When to Keep Your Child Home From School
When your child is in school he is susceptible to an endless stream of illnesses. It is important to stop the spread of germs and infections between one another by following good infection control practices. Cold, flu, and other illnesses are caused by viruses and bacteria. REMEMBER - HANDWASHING IS THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS. Another practice that parents should follow is keeping your child home when they are sick. But then the question arises, “Is My Child Too Sick For School?” Here are a few guidelines that may help you decide.
ELEVATED TEMPERATURESChildren should STAY HOME if their temperatures rise above 100.4. A feverish child is not only considered contagious, but he’s also probably not feeling well enough to learn or participate. KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME UNTIL HE’S BEEN FEVER-FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT ANY FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION AND IS FEELING LIKE HIS USUAL SELF.
VOMITINGIf your child has vomited two or more times in 24 hours, he should stay home from school. Watch for sign of dehydration as well, which include not urinating as frequently and/or dry mouth and lips. To prevent dehydration, offer small amounts of fluid frequently. Your child should not automatically come back to school once the vomiting has stopped. Wait a few days before returning to school. Call your doctor if he has not improved after a few days.
RED EYESIf the white part of the child’s eye is only slightly pink and the discharge is clear and watery, it is likely that he has a school safe allergy. If his eye is stuck shut, bright red, and/or oozing yellow or green discharge. These symptoms all indicate the highly contagious bacterial form of pinkeye or conjunctivitis and your child should stay home until he has seen a doctor and been on antibiotics for 24 hours and the eye drainage dries up.
Children who have diarrhea more than three times should stay home from school. They likely have an infection that can spread. As with vomiting, watch for signs of dehydration and follow the same prevention advice.
If the sore throat is accompanied by swollen glands, a fever, headache or stomachache, bring him to the doctor for a strep test. Children with strep should be on antibiotics for at least a full 24 hours before returning to school.
Any stomachache associated with vomiting, diarrhea, and fever warrants a trip to the doctor. Sharp stomach pain and a rigid belly can be signs of severe constipation, appendicitis, or a bowel obstruction.