How do you know when your child is too sick for school? On certain days it’s hard to decide especially when you need to get to work. These are a few guidelines to help you make that decision.
Temperature: A temperature over 100 indicates the child is fighting something. It is a good idea to keep them home. If they are at school and come into the clinic they will be sent home with a temperature over 100.
Rash: Some children have skin problems and get rashes from time to time. If this is something you have never seen it would be a good idea to get that child to the doctor and then report to the school nurse in case there needs to be follow up.
Pink Eye: Pink eye is highly contagious and can spread rapidly. If the eye is red/pink, itchy, has drainage and is matted together in the morning these are all clear signs of pink eye. Antibiotic drops are the only way to take care of this so the child must see a doctor. The antibiotic drops must be used for 24 hours before returning to school. In the mean time you and your child need to wash you hands frequently.
Head Lice: The words no one wants to hear. If you know your child has head lice please do not send them to school. Lake County School Board Policy states: "Any student infested with head lice and/ or nits shall be excluded from school until the student has received treatment for head lice and all nits have been removed." To be readmitted to school, the child must be checked by school personnel in the office before 8:35 and accompanied by an adult.Diarrhea and vomiting: Everyone knows how uncomfortable this is and some times medication does not help. School is not the place to be when this is going on.
Please make sure that we always have at least two numbers available to contact you in case your child gets ill during school hours.
Medication at School
1. Only prescription medicine in the original bottle with the patient's full name, date, and dosage, method and time of administration may be given at school
2. Only when the official Parent Authorization Form is filled out and on file in the office, will medication be administered.
3. No over the counter drugs are to be brought to school. This includes cough drops. Parents may come to school to administer a medication in the presence of school personnel.
4. Medicine Has to be brought in by an adult. No medication is to be carried on the bus.
5. Teachers will carry all medications on field trips.
6. An asthmatic student shall be able to carry a metered dose inhaler on their person with approval from the parent physician. The school will be provided a copy of the permission with physician's approval.
7. Students are responsible for remembering to take medication. The school will make every effort to remind students and keep them on their schedule.