Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if my child gets sick at school?

    The school nurse will assess your child to determine if he or she needs to be sent home. The person designated in the Student Health Update form will be contacted.  


    What happens to my child in a medical emergency?

    In a medical emergency, the school will contact the emergency contact. If the emergency contact cannot be reached and it is medically necessary, emergency services will be contacted and a staff member will accompany your student to the hospital emergency room. The school will continue to attempt to notify you regarding your student.


    When should I keep my child at home?

    • His/Her temperature has been over 100 degrees in the past 24 hours.
    • He/She has a rash or any other condition you feel may be contagious.
    • He/She has had vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.


    What do I need to know if I suspect that my child has pink eye?  When can he or she return?

    • Matter in the eye.
    • Whites/linings of the eye is pink or red in color.
    • Eyes may be crusted shut upon wakening in the morning.
    • Eye irritation and tearing.
    • Eyes may be sensitive to light.

    Your family doctor or clinic will prescribe antibiotic drops/ointment as needed. A student must be treated for a minimum of 24 hours prior to returning to school. You will need to submit a physician or parental excuse for the student to return to school.


    I suspect my child has head lice, what should I do?

    Any child suspected of having head lice must be seen by the school nurse prior to attending school.  Students are not permitted to ride the bus or attend school until the absence of lice is verified by the school nurse and successful treatment is completed. The school nurse must be informed of any findings and treatment of head lice. You may also obtain further information by accessing the Head Lice Checklist (click here) on this website. 


    My child has Chicken Pox.  What do I need to know?

    The Varicella Virus (Chicken Pox) is a highly contagious disease. Students are not permitted to attend school until all lesions are crusted over and their temperature is normal for 24 hours. Please notify your school Nurse when your child has Chicken Pox.


    Does my child have a Cold or the Flu? Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a cold and the Flu. Click on attached chart (click here) to help you learn the difference.


    My child needs medication at school. What should I do?  What do I need to know?

    Medication should be administered at home, whenever possible. Medications will be administered during school hours only when failure to take such medications would jeopardize the health of the student. Students are not permitted to carry medications on their persons unless a physician's permission is obtained by the School Nurse (inhalers, epi-pens, diabetic testing supplies, etc.).  A permit to carry such items/medications must be kept on file in the Health Office. A Medication Authorization Form must be signed by a parent/guardian AND physician. This form must be turned in to the school Nurse by the parent/guardian along with the prescription medication in an appropriately labeled container. This container must have the student's name, type, and dosage printed on the label.


    A form for over-the-counter medication is also required with a parent/guardian signature, but a physician's signature is not required.  Over-the-counter medication should be in a small, sealed container and turned over to the school Nurse by the parent/guardian, not by the student.


    All medications will be disposed of if not picked up by the last day of school in May.