Happy Fall!

By now you have received a streamlined list of healthcare guidelines from your youngest child’s teacher at back to school night.

Three guidelines that many parents have told me they are unaware of are:

  1. To send in a note when your child returns to school following an absence, please state reason.
  2. To send in a note when your child visits his/her primary care provider/minute clinic with diagnosis.
  3. Alerting nurse/sending in a dr. note when your child has been in the ER, is on crutches, has a cast or is in a brace of any kind.

Thank you so much for this courtesy so I can follow up and provide for the optimum health and safety of our Holy Spirit School family.

Good attendance is valued by all of us, and we hope that this school year is a healthy one for our children. There are some occasions, however, when children need to stay home from school. Here are some guidelines that are designed to protect the health and safety of all of our children and staff members.

  1. If a child has or is sent home with a fever, he or she is expected to stay home fever free without the use of Tylenol or Motrin for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
  2. If a child vomits during the night or in the morning, please do not send him or her to school. If a child vomits in school, you will be called to pick him or her up.
  3. If a child has been diagnosed with strep throat, state law requires he/she must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Kindly send in a note from your child’s MD, APN, or minute clinic so that it can be included in your child’s health record and so that we can keep track of any illness that is amongst our school population.
  4. A child with conjunctivitis (pink eye) must also be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
  5. It is very important that the school nurse is notified if head lice or nits(eggs) are found in your child’s hair. As with all health issues, confidentiality will be maintained as your child’s wellbeing is monitored.
  6. If a child needs to be excused from physical education, a note from the parent/guardian or primary care provider is required.
  7. Parents need to notify the nurse if the child is on crutches, has a cast, or is in a brace of any kind.
  8. No medications, including over the counter medications, will be administered to students unless there is a completed medication request form signed by the student’s parent and health care provider. Medication must be in the original prescription bottle or original unopened container.
  9. Parents must call absences in to the office, and a parent note with reason for absence is expected upon the child’s return to school. If you have taken your child for medical evaluation or treatment, also include a copy of MD note as to diagnosis and any school follow up or restrictions that we should know of.

Thank you for ensuring the well being of our school. Feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Jilda Sidebottom, R.N.
School Nurse