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MEDICATION GUIDELINES

If a child needs to take medication at school, the following guidelines must be observed:

*ALL medications must be brought to school in it's ORIGINAL CONTAINER by a RESPONSIBLE ADULT. (Medications will be given by the nurse)

*The child's name must be on the container.

*No medication will be given to a child unless we have a SIGNED note from a parent or guardian.

*You may pick this note up in the office at school.

 

When to keep your child home from school

Our children play and work close to each other for several hours each day. They are around many disease-causing germs so it is easy for illness to quickly spread through a class. Good hand washing habits are taught and encouraged at school. The surfaces your child touches often are also cleaned. By doing these things, we should be able to decrease the spread of illness in our school.

However, sometimes it's hard to know when to keep your child at home. The following is a list of signs and symptoms that might mean your child is ill. These signs also mean that he or she could spread that illness to other classmates.

Fever: A person's normal temperature is 98.6 degrees. Anything higher means your child should stay home. Fever usually means infection and infections can be spread to others. A fever may be at its lowest in the morning and rise as the day goes on. Your child needs to be without a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

Rash: Keep your child home unless you are sure the rash is an allergic rash, such as poison ivy. A rash may be a sign of any number of diseases that can spread easily.

Vomiting: Healthy children don't throw up! Be sure your child has fully recovered from whatever illness has caused the vomiting before he or she returns to school. After vomiting, your child should be able to keep down clear liquids and then a light meal. Allow a few hours, and then if your child is still able to eat, they may return to school.

Runny Nose: A nose which runs clear, watery liquid may be due to allergies. This is not "catching". A nose that has a thick, colored (yellow, green or brown) discharge means there could be an infection. The child should be seen by a medical professional if possible and kept home until it clears. It will help to give the child a lot to drink and a decongestant.

Cough: A cough that will not go away and/or is deep should be considered contagious. Your child should be kept at home.

Sore Throat: If your child has a fever, a cough, or thick drainage from his or her nose along with a sore throat, they need to be kept at home. If your child has a sore throat that lasts for more than two-three days, they need to be seen by a medical professional if possible.

Reddened Eyes: A child with a white, thick drainage should be kept home until treatment has begun. This may go along with redness in the white of the eye.

For more information on specific diseases and their signs and symptoms, contact the Health Department or visit www.cdc.gov or www.kidshealth.org.