•                        A NOTE FROM YOUR SCHOOL NURSE … 


    Sick Child
    Listed below are some simple guidelines you should consider when determining if your child needs to stay home from school:


    Ø FEVER.  Temperature of 100 or higher.  Please keep your child home until they have been free of fever for 24 HOURS, without the use of fever-reducing medications.


    Ø COLDS/SORE THROAT.  Throat/tonsils that are red and swollen.  Persistent cough, nasal congestion or discharge may be signs that your child needs to stay home or see a doctor. 


    Ø HEAD LICE.  Please check your child’s head if they are experiencing symptoms, such as an itchy scalp. If live lice are found, please treat your child with the appropriate medication BEFORE sending him to school.


    Ø CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK EYE).  Eyes that are red, swollen and matted together.  Child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.


    Ø VOMITING/DIARRHEA.  A child with vomiting/diarrhea should be kept at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 HOURS.


    Ø RASHES.  Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early states.  A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child to return to school.
    Anytime your child has been placed on an antibiotic for an infection, they may not return to school until they have been on the antibiotic for a total of at least 24 hours, and have been cleared by the physician to return to school.


    Communication is very important.  Please call the school office at 240-7000 every day that your child is absent.  Please call the school nurse at 240-7000 if the child is seen by the doctor, especially if the school nurse refers him/her. A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way.  Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover.  If you have questions regarding your child’s health, please call your family doctor or the school nurse. Thank you for helping us keep your children healthy.


    -Henderson School Nurse