Frequently Asked Questions:
When should I keep my child home from school?
- If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or higher.
- If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea.
- If your child has a contagious illness such as flu or strep throat.
- If your child has a severe cold with coughing and thick or constant nasal drainage.
- If your child has a skin rash that has not been diagnosed by a physician. We urge you to have rashes diagnosed so that the physician can indicate whether or not it is contagious.
- If your child's eye is pink, red or itchy, and/or a crusty drainage from the eye is present.
- If you discover your child has head lice, contact your primary care provider for treatment options.
When can I send my child back to school?
- When your child is fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medicines.
- 24 hours after the start of antibiotic therapy for a bacterial infection.
- 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea.
- In accordance with school policy, students who have head lice may return to school after treatment has been completed.
What state mandated screenings will my child receive at school?
- Vision screening will be done in grades K - 5, 7 and 10
- Hearing screening will be done in grades K - 3, 7 and 10
- Postural screening will be done in grades 5 - 9
- Height and weight will be done in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10
- Verbal substantce use screening for grades 7 and 9
What immunizations are required for school?
What if my child needs to take medication at school?
School nurses are allowed to administer Tylenol, ibuprofen, Tums, and Benadryl to students. Parents will be asked to sign written permission for these medications. These medications are given at the nurse’s discretion.
Prescription and all other over-the-counter medications not listed above will require a written prescription from the student’s physician and parental consent. A NEW PRESCRIPTION MUST BE OBTAINED EACH SCHOOL YEAR. Forms may be obtained in the Nurse's office or on-line. All medication must be brought to school by a parent or guardian in a pharmacy labeled container.
Diabetic students, students with asthma and students who require an EpiPen will be allowed to carry inhalers/Epipens/insulin with them during the school day. Written permission from the physician and parent is required for this.
Students are not allowed to carry any medication with them during the day, including over-the-counter medication. All medications have potentially serious side effects. Students found with any medication will be referred to the Assistant Principal for disciplinary action. If a student needs to take any medication in school, please call the nurse to make arrangements.
When should I send in documentation that my child has had a physical exam?
Physical examinations by the student's primary care provider are required in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 4, 7 & 10. They are also required upon transfer from another school. We encourage parents/guardians to send in documentation of updated physical exams whenever they occur. If your child is trying out for an athletic team they need to have a physical on file in the health office that is dated within 13 months of the first day of tryouts.