Illness or Injury

Health Information - Illness or Injury

In an effort to help us protect your child please make sure the school has your current contact information (e-mail, home phone, work phone and at least one emergency contact) 

Contagious Illness Notification

The Parent/ Legal Guardian is required to notify the School Office if their student has a contagious illness. Notices are sent home when students have been exposed to contagious illnesses. This notification is sent out for your information. No student will be identified through the notice. State law requires that students be excluded from school when they are suspected of having contagious diseases.

Other Illnesses or Injuries

When students become injured or ill during the school day the School Nurse or other qualified School staff will confirm what level of intervention is required.

  • The Parent/ Legal Guardian will be called if the student needs to be sent home or should be seen by a doctor.
  • If a student does not need to go home School staff will assist the student and return the student to class. A written note will be sent home telling the Parent/ Legal Guardian about the incident and will indicate if follow-up care is recommended.


Students who are determined to be ill may not remain at school.

Please do not send your students to school when they are ill. Common signs of illness may include the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Earache
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Cold-like symptoms

Additional signs of illness include:

  • Red eyes with yellow drainage
  • Open sores with yellow drainage

If your student has these symptoms, please keep your student home until the symptoms have subsided for 24 hours. Please make sure to contact the School and report the student’s absence along with the reason.

Parent / Legal Guardian responsibility for sick child

Parent / Legal Guardian(s) must make arrangements for the care of their students, should their student become ill on a school day

Medications:

  • Prescription medicines: School office staff will administer prescription medication, if it must be given during school hours, to attending students with proof of a valid ordered by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. This includes medicine that is ordered for four (4) or more times per day or for medication that must be administered at a specific time of day.
  • Over-the-counter medications: School office staff will administer these medications with a valid doctor’s order, or at the discretion of the school nurse; however, proper Parent/ Legal Guardian permission must be submitted in writing. Over-the-counter medications will only be administered according to the label instructions or by a valid doctor’s order. All requirements for said medications and items required for administering medicine must be provided by the Parent/ Legal Guardian.
  • Transportation of medicines: All medicines must be brought to the front office by a Parent/Legal Guardian or other school identified authorized adult. Medicine(s) must be in the original container with instructions affixed by the dispensing pharmacy or manufacturer of origin. Medicines brought to school in containers other than described such as: baggies, envelopes, foil, or other unlabeled containers will be confiscated for safety concerns of all students. Confiscated medicines will not be administered at the school. Delivery of properly packaged and labeled medication is the sole responsibility of the student's Parent / Legal Guardian. Please assist the school in protecting all students by adhering to these standards for all medication.
  • Parent/Legal Guardian permission: The Parent/Legal Guardian must fill out the “Medication Permission” form before any medication may be considered for administration at the school.
  • Restriction on administration of medicines: The school reserves the right to require the Parent/ Legal Guardian to administer any medication. The School reserves the right to prevent students from self-administering any medication while on school premises or while being transported via school operated vehicles.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): If a student is fever-free and the school nurse or authorized staff has determined that it is appropriate to do so may elect to administer an appropriate dose of Acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) from the school purchased supply. This courtesy will only be provided if a signed Parent/Legal Guardian permission form is on file and is further restricted to a minimum student age of eight (8) years old. 

Head Lice 

Head lice definition: Head lice are small parasites that live in human hair. They attach their eggs (nits) to the hair shaft, near the scalp. They eat human blood but are not known to spread disease. Head lice can spread from person–to-person but do not hop or fly. Head lice are a common problem in young children but can even get into adult hair. Lice move from person-to-person on shared items like combs, hats and hair decorations.

Please help us as we help your child while we work to stop the spread of lice.

Parent/ Legal Guardian responsibility to check for head lice:

  • Check your child's hair weekly for lice.
  • If lice are found treat the hair with a lice product that may be recommended by a doctor or pharmacist or a safe non-toxic alternative (like the mayonnaise treatment).
  • It is important that you follow the directions carefully and that you remove the nits.
  • Lice products do not kill all of the nits. If you find nits, but do not see bugs remove the nits.
  • If there are nits in the first ¼ inch of the hair there are probably bugs too.
  • If all of the nits are more than ½ inch from the scalp, they are empty or dead.
  • The nits are visible to others and can cause your child embarrassment so please remove them.

Head Lice School Action:

  • Lice checks are periodically performed at school.
  • Students with nits/bugs are sent home at the end of the day.
  • When head checks are conducted, each student will be given a notice to bring home. The notice will indicate if lice or nits were found on that student.
  • If lice were found please check all family members and seek to treat everyone with lice and/or nits.

Your student should not miss any school because of head lice:

  • Absences report due to head lice are considered unexcused, other than for the day or partial day when a student is sent home with an active case of head lice.
  • Please provide your student with a treatment and return them to school as soon as possible.

Chronic head lice: It should be noted that identified chronic cases of head lice may be considered child neglect.

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