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Important Letters from our School Nurse

 

 

                                                   

 School Nurse:  Arleen Rotwein

ABSENCE POLICY 

We feel that it is a good time to review our procedures regarding children who are sick at school.

If your child gets sick, it is most appropriate to keep him/her home from school.  A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is like to spread the illness to other children and staff. Please make arrangements for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.   

Our school policy states that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

 

  • 1. Fever in the past 24 hours
  • 2. Vomiting in the past 24 hours
  • 3. Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • 4. Chills
  • 5. Sore throat
  • 6. Strep Throat (Child must be on antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school.)
  • 7. Bad cold with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
  • 8. Head lice

 

If you keep your child at home for any reason, please call the nurse's office at 295-6205 to report the absence. You can leave a message on my voice mail if I am not in my office. Please include the reason for the absence.

If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feel the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home. It is essential that your child's teacher have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that child care is available in case of illness. If your daytime or emergency number changes during the year, please notify us immediately.                                                       

These guidelines are meant to serve the best interests of all the children in our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at 295-6205.

 

                                                                                               

 

                                                                                         
CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS OR CONDITIONS
During the school year you may receive notification that your child has been exposed to a contagious illness. For the health and safety of your child and the school community, the medical conditions noted below may require specific interventions before returning to school. Immediate notification of the condition or illness to the school health office is also necessary.

 

Chicken Pox
Children with uncomplicated chicken pox may usually return to school on the sixth day after onset of the rash. In mild cases, children may return to school sooner if all lesions are crusted or scabbed.

 

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
A student who is suspected of having conjunctivitis must have a note from a physician allowing him/her to return to school. Generally, a child with infectious conjunctivitis may return to school after administration of medication for 24 hours and the absence of discharge from the eyes.

 

Fifth Disease
Fifth Disease is a viral infection characterized by mild fever, tiredness, and a red blotchy rash which usually begins on the cheeks giving a "slapped face" appearance. The rash spreads to exposed areas of the extremities and tends to fade and may reappear. It may appear lacey and itch and most children do not feel ill. While it is necessary to report a case of Fifth Disease to the school nurse, it is not necessary to keep your child home.

 

Fever
Any child with a fever over 100 degrees must be kept home until a diagnosis is made and he/she is fever-free for 24 hours.

 

Ringworm (or fungal infections:
A child with ringworm must be seen by a physician and may return to school after documentation that treatment has begun.

 

Scabies:
A child with scabies must be treated by a physician and receive medical clearance to return to school.

 

Strep Throat/Scarletina/Scarlet Fever
A child with strep infection may return to school 24 hours after initiation of antibiotics provided he/she is fever free.

 

Pinworm
A child with pinworms must receive medical intervention. Once medication has begun, the child may return to school.

 

Lice
A child with head lice may not attend school until he/she is nit free. The nurse will examine a child who has been positive for head lice to ensure that he/she is nit free before being permitted to return to class. The school nurse must be notified if a child has a case of head lice. At any time during the school year the nurse may examine any child or children suspected of having been exposed to head lice. This includes siblings and/or classmates of the child.

 

Other Illnesses
Please keep your child home with the following symptoms:

 

                   a.       Frequent cough (productive or non-productive)

                   b.       Vomiting

                   c.       Diarrhea

                   d.       Severe runny nose

                   e.       Fever

                   f.        Severe sore throats

 

Kindly consult your physician if any of these symptoms are severe or last more than 24 hours.

 

The Health Office is always available to answer your questions and cooperate with you in any way we can. Please feel free to call the Nurse's Office in your child's school.

 

 

ENFERMADADES O CONDICIONES CONTAGIOSAS

 

Durante al año usted talvez reciba notificaciones que su hijo/a ha sido expuesto a enfermedades contagiosas. Para la seguridad de su hijo/a y comunidad,  las condiciones médicas anotadas abajo puedan que requieran intervención específica antes de que el alumno regrese a la escuela. 

Notificar de la condición o enfermedad a la oficina de salud es también necesario. 

 

Chicken Pox / Varicela

Niños con varicela pueden usualmente regresar a la escuela después del sexto día o después del sarpullido.  En casos leves, niños/as pueden regresar a  la escuela antes si toda la lesión tiene costra.

 

Conjuntivitis (Pink Eye) / Conjuntivitis

Estudiantes que sospechan  tener conjuntivitis,  deben tener una nota del Doctor permitiéndole a regresar a escuela.  Generalmente, un niño/a con conjuntivitis infectuosa puede regresar a la escuela después de administrarse medicamento por 24 horas y con ausencia de cualquier despido del ojo/s.

Fifth Disease / Quinta Enfermedad

La quinta enfermedad es una enfermedad viral caracterizada como fiebre leve, cansancio y un sarpullido lleno de manchas la cual comienza en las mejillas dando la apariencia de una cachetada.  El sarpullido se riega para exponer áreas de extremidades y tiende a descolorar y reaparecer.  Puede que le pique y  por lo regular la mayoría de niños/as se sienten mal o enfermos.  Mientras es necesario reportar el caso de enfermedad a la enfermera, no es necesario mantener a su niño/a en la casa.

 

Fever/ Fiebre

Cualquier niño con fiebre que sobre pase 100 grados debe permanecer en casa hasta que un diagnostico sea hecho y el/ella este libre de fiebre por 24 horas.

 

Ringworm (or fungal infections) / Infecciones de Hongo

Cualquier niño/a con infección de hongo debe ser visto por un Doctor y puede regresar a la escuela después que documentación compruebe que tratamiento ha comenzado.

 

Scabies / Costras

Un niño con costras debe ser tratado por un Doctor y recibir autorización medica para poder regresar a la escuela.

 

Strep Throat/Scarlettina/Scarlet Fever/ Infección de Garganta/Fiebre Escarlatina

Un niño con infección en la garganta puede regresar a la escuela 24 horas después del comienzo de antibióticos estando libre de fiebre.

 

Pinworm

Un alumno con pinkworm debe recibir atención médica.  Si medicamento es aplicado, el alumno puede regresar a la escuela.

Lice / Piojos

Niños con piojos en el pelo no puede asistir a la escuela.  La enfermera examinara a tal alumno/a para confirmar que no tenga piojos para que puedan regresar a clases.  La enfermera debe ser informada de tales casos.  Durante el curso del año, la enfermera de la escuela, en cualquier día, puede revisar la cabeza de cualquier niño que haya podido ser expuesto a piojos. Esto incluye parientes o compañeros de clase.

Other Illness / Otras Enfermedades

Por favor mantenga a su hijo/a en casa si exhibe cualquier de los siguientes síntomas:

 

Tos frecuente

Vómitos

Diarrea

Cualquier despido de la nariz severo

Fiebre

Infección de garganta severa

 

Por favor consulte con su Doctor si estos síntomas son severos o duran más de 24 horas.  La oficina de salud esta siempre dispuesta  para contestar preguntas y cooperar con usted.  Por favor siéntase libre de llamar a la enfermera de escuela de su hijo/a