Welcome to the Nurse's Corner
NOTES FROM THE NURSE
The following information is provided to inform you of the various policies and procedures in the Highlands School District. I hope this information is helpful. Should you have any questions, please contact me at the Health Office.
Please call the school if your child is absent. You may leave a message at any time via voice mail at extension 10, for the Attendance Officer, Mrs. Serghis. Please give the reason for your child's absence. If your child was seen by a physician, please provide a note stating the reason for the absence. If your child is late, please walk your child in the building and sign them in at the main office. If your child has a fever, they must be fever free for 24 hours before they can return to school. If your child is taking an antibiotic, they must be on the antibiotic AT LEAST 24 hours before they may return to school.
NO medication may be given to your child without a signed order from a physician and signed parental consent. DO NOT send any medication to school with your child. Any medication must be brought to school in the original container by a parent/guardian. If medication is prescribed three times a day, for example, antibiotic therapy, it can be given before school, after school and at bedtime. All medications brought into school must be in their original container with your child’s name written on the label.
The children go out for recess every day. Please make sure your child is appropriately dressed for outdoor play. In cooler weather, be sure to include a jacket, hat and mittens (or gloves). Sandals are not appropriate for outdoor play and can actually cause injuries; sneakers should be worn instead. Please do not send your child to school if he or she has a slight temperature, a severe cold, or other sign of illness. If your child is recovering from a disease or illness, please do not let him/her return to school until he or she is able to participate in the regular activities of the school day, including physical education and outdoor recess, if your child is to be excused from physical education or recess, we will need you to provide us with a doctor's note with the reason for the excuse and the length of time. If your child comes to school with an ace bandage or splint, they will not be allowed to participate in physical education and recess. A doctor's note must be provided.
The common cold presents the most frequent problem since it is so readily transmitted to others. A child with a bad cold (e.g. persistent coughing and/or sneezing increased or unusual discharge) should remain home even if no fever is present.
A fever is a warning sign that all is not right with the body. The best way to check for a fever is with a thermometer. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not be sent to school. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher at school, he or she will be sent home.
VOMITING and DIARRHEA
Children with Vomiting or diarrhea should be kept home. If your child has experienced vomiting or diarrhea during the night, keep the child home.
If your child has diarrhea or vomiting at school, he or she will be sent home.
A child with a sore throat accompanied by a fever should be kept home and their physician consulted. If a diagnosis of strep throat has been made, please notify the Health office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, the child must be on antibiotics AT LEAST 24 HOURS before returning to school. Please provide a doctor's note upon your child's return to school.
A rash may be the first sign of childhood illness, such as chicken pox. A rash or "spots" may cover the entire body or may appear only on one particular area. Do not send your child to school until his or her physician has said it is safe to do so. Please provide a doctor's note upon return to school.
Children with undiagnosed or contagious rashes will be sent home from school.
Open sores require special attention. Impetigo is one form of a contagious skin infection that requires medical treatment before a child can attend school. Documentation of medical treatment is required for the child to return to school. If documentation is not provided, the child will be sent home.
The student may return to school as soon as all sores/blisters are dry and scabbed, there is no fever and no new sores/blisters anywhere including the inside of the mouth.
HERPES SIMPLEX (Cold Sores)
The student may attend school during an active case if the student has the ability and practices personal hygiene precautions. Young children should be kept home until the lesion(s) have dried.
The student may attend school if treatment is verified and lesions are covered and dry. Documentation of medical treatment is required for the child to return to school. If documentation is not provided, the child will be sent home.
CONJUNCTIVITIS (Pink Eye)
The student may return to school after being on antibiotic therapy for at least 24 hours, and there is no more drainage from the eye.
Mrs. Lauren Hires, RN, NJCSN
732-872-1476 ext. 12
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