From the School Nurse
School Nurse Michele Romanoski
Is your Child Sick? Should he/she be sent to school?
Fever A fever is a warning that all is not right with the body. The best way to check for fever is with a thermometer. No child with a temperature over 100 degrees should be sent to school. Do not let your child return to school until there has been no fever for 24 hours.
Head Lice A child with head lice must remain at home until the child's hair has been treated with lice shampoo and the nits have all been removed from the child's hair. The entire household needs to be cleaned, including all clothing, sheets, bedspreads, pillow cases and towels. Please call the school nurse and report whenever a child has head lice so the nurse can check the child's classmates and those of his brothers or sisters.
Stomachache, Vomiting, Diarrhea Consult your doctor if your child has a stomachache which does not seem to go away and is severe enough to limit activities. If repeated vomiting occurs, keep your child home until food can be kept down. A child with repeated diarrhea should be kept home. Call your doctor if the child does not appear to improving over time.
Headache, Earache A child whose only complaint is a headache does not need to be kept home. However, if the headache is accompanied by other symptoms, such as stomachache or vomiting, it would be wise to consult your doctor. If the child complains of an earache for more than 24 hours, consult your doctor right away.
Eye Infections Reddened, irritated eyes with drainage may be conjunctivitis or pink eye and must be treated by a doctor. A child with pink eye must be on medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
Colds, Sore Throat, Cough The common cold is the most frequent problem for parents to deal with. A child with a "mild" cold but otherwise feeling well may be sent to school. A child with a "heavy" cold, one characterized by sinus drainage and a deep, hacking cough, should be kept home. Consult your family doctor if there is no improvement over a 24 hour period. If your child complains only of a sore throat with no other symptoms, the child may be sent to school. However, if white spots can be observed in the back of the child's throat or the sore throat is accompanied by a fever, keep the child home and call the family doctor. If your child is being treated for Strep Throat, the child should stay home until there is no fever for 24 hours and antibiotics have been in use for at least 24 hours.