Guidelines for Illnesses and Injuries
FEVER: A fever of 100 degrees F (37.7 degrees C) or more signals an illness that is probably going to make a student uncomfortable and unable to function well in class. Your child should stay home until he/she is feeling better, and fever free without the use of fever reducing medication (Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours.
INFECTIOUS DISEASE: Diseases such as impetigo, mononucleosis and strep throat require a doctor’s examination and prescription for medication. Contacting the doctor and using the medication as directed for the full recommended length of time are necessary. Once the medication has been started (at least 3 doses or 24 hours from the first dose)and the child is feeling well, he/she may return to school.
INJURIES: If a student has an injury that causes continuous discomfort, the student should not attend school until a doctor checks the condition, or it improves. Injuries that interfere with class participation need medical evaluation. If participation in physical education classes is not recommended, a physician’s excuse is required. Any pain medication (including over-the-counter) that is required MUST be brought in by a parent/guardian and accompanied by orders from the physician. No student, regardless or age or grade, may carry or self-administer any pain medication.
Orthopedic Injuries: In the event of any orthopedic injury in which your child requires crutches or other orthopedic devices documentation from your health care provider is needed allowing entry back into school. Restrictions to activities should have a beginning and end date.
RASHES: Rashes and patches of broken, itchy skin need to be examined by a doctor if they appear to be spreading or not improving. We may require that a rash be covered while your child is in school.
STITCHES/STAPLES: Students who return to school with stitches should provide a written note from the doctor indicating that the child may return to school and includes any restrictions on physical activity.
SURGICAL PROCEDURES: Any student who returns to school after a surgical procedure requires a note from their health care provider stating that the student may return to school and list any restrictions on activity.
VOMITING, DIARRHEA OR SEVERE NAUSEA: These are symptoms that require a student to remain at home until a normal diet is tolerated the night before and the morning of school. Students should be free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.