When will I receive a call from the school nurse?
I know receiving a call from the school nurse is not what you want, but rest assured, I want to keep the kids at school as much as you do. Please program the clinic number (404-371-6637) into your phone so you do not miss our call. Not all calls mean you have to pick up your child. I will not call for minor bumps and skin abrasions, bug bites or short visits to the clinic for stomach aches or cold symptoms. I will always call you when your child has a major head bump or facial abrasions, however, most times they do not need to go home. There are times where I will ask for you help, often times our kids are overwhelmed and hearing Mom or Dad’s familiar voice and encouragement is the TLC that is needed to make it through the day!
When will I need to pick up my child from school due to illness?
In the event that you are requested to pick your child up, please do it promptly as we have numerous other children to attend to. If your child is sick enough that they are required to go home they do not want to sit in the clinic for hours waiting for you to pick them up. Thank you!
- Fever at or greater than 100.0
- COVID-19 symptoms
- Eye that appears bacterial, yellow crusting, oozing
- Coughing, sneezing, runny nose that affects the child’s ability to focus in class/disruptful cough
- Stomach ache that is not resolved with rest or bathroom and effects child’s ability to remain in class.
- Sprain or strain and child will not bear weight.
- Head bump accompanied with loss of consciousness, nausea/vomiting &/or headache.
- Laceration that needs to be assessed for sutures
If a child is sent home in the middle of the day with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, they cannot return to school the next day. Remember, 24 hours fever and symptom free!!!
When is my child too sick for school?
Is it just a cold or is your child too sick for school? Here are a few parameters on when you should keep your child home. If a child is sent home in the middle of the day with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, they cannot return to school the next day. Remember, 24 hours fever and symptom free!!!
- Temp at or greater than 100: Fevers are a common symptom of viral or bacterial infection. Children are likely to be contagious to others when they have a fever. Keep child home until they are fever free (without meds) for 24 hours.
- Stomach Pain: Vomiting or diarrhea, keep at home until symptom free for 24 hours. No other visible symptoms: child may be hungry, ate too fast, nervous about school or just wanting to stay home. A bathroom trip might be in order also. Consult a medical provider and do not send a child to school with a stomach ache that is persistent or severe enough to limit activity.
- Cold/coughing: A child with mild symptoms, no fever and otherwise feeling well may be fine at school. A child with heavy cold symptoms such as deep or uncontrollable coughing or significant lack of energy belongs at home even without a fever.
- FLU: A child with flu-like illness (fever and cough) must stay home from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications. Children are one of the biggest sources for spreading the flu.
- Sore Throat: a child with a mild sore throat, no fever and otherwise feeling well may be fine to attend school. Keep a child home and contact a medical provider for a severe sore throat and if white spots are seen in the back of the throat, with or without a fever.
- Pink Eye: Conjunctivitis is a common infectious disease of one of both eyes caused by several types of bacteria and viruses. If a child’s eye is red, irritated and has copious drainage the child should be kept at home until seen by a medical provider & return to school with or without treatment depending on the diagnosis. Bacterial conjunctivitis requires prescription medication and child must be treated for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Strep Throat: If your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, they must be kept home until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started.
When do I have to notify the school due to illness?
Please notify the school if your child has been diagnosed with COVID-19, strep throat, chickenpox, scarlet fever, or any other contagious illness.
What about medications?
Medications, including over the counter preparations, can only be administered to students with a completed Authorization for Medication Administration form. This form was updated for the 2020-21 school year. The previous form will no longer be accepted. Prescription medications must be brought to school in the original container labeled with the student’s name, date, name of medication, name
of prescribing physician, dosage, time(s) the medication is to be given, and name of pharmacy filling the prescription. OTC medications must be sent to school in the original manufacturer’s container. The manufacturer’s label must include name of medication (brand or generic), strength of medication, instructions for use, and name of student written legibly.
We do not provide OTC meds. We do not provide COUGH DROPS!
What if my student needs a special action plan?
If your child has any medical action plan, ie: food allergy, seizure, diabetes, asthma, etc., a new action plan, signed by the physician, is required each year. Please send in updated action plans asap.
Feel free to contact your nurse anytime with questions or concerns.