School health services in our district are provided by professional nurses who hold Educational Staff Associate (ESA) certificates. Our nurses support the physical, mental, emotional and social health of students and their success in the learning process through a variety of school health services, functions and programs. These services are based upon current evidence, best practice and professional school nursing standards.
Too Sick for School?
Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision to make. When trying to decide, use these guidelines to help make the best decision.
- Fever: Keep a child home if they have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember a child must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school.
- Sore throat: Be mindful of sore throats, especially those with a fever or swollen glands in the neck. If your child has strep throat, they can to return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.
- Diarrhea: Three or more loose stools in a 24-hour period.
- Vomiting: Two or more times in a 24-hour period.
- Rash: Watch for rashes, especially those that cause a fever, itching or swelling.
- Chronic cough and/or green nose discharge: These conditions may be contagious and require treatment. Please visit your healthcare provider.
- Ear: Any ear pain with a fever should be evaluated by a physician. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
- Eye Redness: Eyes that have matted or crust on the eyelids after sleep, mucus or pus drainage, redness, and pain should be evaluated by a health care professional for possible "pink eye" or conjunctivitis.
- Lice or Scabies: Your child is able to return to school after treatment.
- Chicken Pox: Children with Chicken Pox must remain home for five days after the beginning of blisters, or until all pox are scabbed over and dry.
- Other symptoms: unusually tired, pale, has a lack of appetite, is difficult to wake, confused or irritable.