Shiocton School Health Services
In order to insure the safety and health of all students and staff, students may be excluded from the classroom if any of the conditions below are present. They will be allowed to return when the condition subsides, is no longer contagious, or a note is received from the student’s doctor stating that the student may return to school.
All students must be seen by the nurse or health aide in order to go home due to an illness. The student will be assessed by the nurse or health aide and the parent/guardian will be called if necessary.
It is generally accepted that children who are ill do not belong at school. The following guidelines will assist parents in determining when to keep their child at home.
A fever is usually the first warning that all is not right with the body. A child with a temperature 100 degrees or over should not be sent to school. Please do not allow your child to return to school until free of fever for 24 hours.
A child with vomiting and /or diarrhea should be kept home for at least 24 hours after the last episode to allow the body time to recuperate. Call your doctor if prompt improvement does not occur.
A child with a deep, frequent, or persistent cough belongs at home. If your child has coughing that is accompanied by a high fever or wheezing, you should consult your physician immediately.
Red, mattering, itchy eyes can be a sign of bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) and this child should be seen by a doctor. If antibiotics are given, he/she should remain home until 24 hours of medication have been given.
A rash may be the first sign many illnesses. Do not send your child to school with an unexplained rash unless you have consulted with your doctor and they have determined they are not contagious.
For a child with persistent pain (ear, stomach, etc.), consult your doctor as soon as possible.
A child with head lice or nits needs to remain home until treated according to school policy. Please contact the health office if your child has lice or nits.
A child with a mild cold or sore throat with no other symptoms may go to school. If the child suffers from a sore throat and there are white spots in the back of their throat, it is wise to keep the child home and consult your family physician.
A child whose only complaint is a mild headache usually need not be kept home. Headaches that persist, however, need further medical follow-up.
If your child should require medication during the school day remember the school supplies no medication. Medication must be brought in by an adult in the original label container along with permission from either parent.
The single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection is with thorough handwashing, proper hygiene and appropriate disposal of soiled tissues.
Parents are asked not to send notes to school requesting that teachers keep their child indoors at recess time. Recess is an integral part of the school day-a time to allow children to unwind. On frigid days all children remain indoors for health reasons.
Your cooperation on observing the above guidelines will be appreciated.