Any student who feels ill is sent to the school nurse who decides whether or not the child is well enough to remain in school. Additionally, the school nurse determines when it is appropriate to contact the student’s parents. In case of emergency, it is vital that the school have access to phone numbers where parents can be reached during school hours. Parents are requested to update their contact information annually.
A doctor’s note is required for the nurse to administer any medication to a student. All medication should have clear directions for dispensing and should be labeled with the child’s name, strength of medication, dosage and the name of the prescribing doctor. Parents should notify the nurse of any changes in medication during the school year. Additionally, the class teacher should be made aware of consistent use of any prescription or non-prescription medication, since such long-term usage may impact classroom behavior. Both the nurse and the class teacher or advisor should be notified of any food or environmental allergies.
To ensure the health of our entire student body and to limit the spread of contagious illness, children diagnosed with strep throat or any other serious, contagious illness may not return to school without a doctor’s note verifying they are no longer contagious. A child returning without such a note will be sent home until such a note can be obtained. After any illness with a fever, students should remain “fever free” for at least 48 hours before returning to school.