WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME WITH ILLNESS
It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.
Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:
- Fever greater than 100.4° (taken by mouth)
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, or after exposure to Strep throat infection
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
- Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with face pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
- Severe headache, especially with fever
If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because as soon as the medicine wears off, the fever may return and you will be called to come and pick up your child.
Please keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by your health care provider.
If you find your child is frequently asking to stay home from school, if they are falling behind or appear anxious about school, or if there does not appear to be any physical symptoms, contact your school nurse and your health care provider to discuss your concerns.
Remind children to throw away used tissues, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands often with soap and warm water will help keep everyone healthier.
Please call us with any concerns or questions.
SCHOOL HEALTH APPRAISALS (PHYSICALS)
Health appraisals are required on the NYSED form for ALL students new to the district, in Pre-K or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. Health appraisals are also required to participate in interscholastic sports.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school-year-aged children receive a complete health appraisal by their primary medical provider each year. Regular visits with a primary care provider promote continuity of care and the ability to better track growth and development.
You can find a copy of this form here!
If your child needs to take medication during the school day, prescription or over-the-counter, the following must be provided to the school nurse.
1. Written order from the health care provider stating the medication, time and dose to provide.
2. Written request/permission from the parent/guardian.
3. Medication in its original container.
Students are not permitted to carry medication with them unless authorized in writing by the health care provider and parents.
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