Handbook: Illness and Medication

  • Students who become ill at school will be sent to the office. Early dismissal will be given, providing the parents or legal/guardian can be contacted and can arrange for the student to be picked up at school.  If a student has a temperature, the parent must take the student home.  Students must be fever-free before returning to school. We are not allowed to give non-prescription medication to students.  Health records are maintained on each child; if your child has a medical problem, please be certain we know about it, especially in cases of epilepsy, diabetes, heart condition, asthma, or other serious condition. Keep a child home from school and seek medical advice or care if there is:

    • Temperature elevated to 100.4 or greater
    • Vomiting two or more times in the previous 24 hours
    • Diarrhea or stools that are frequent, loose or watery, compared to child’s normal pattern
    • Blister-like lesions, especially if they develop into pustules. May “weep” and crust.
    • Skin rash that is new and accompanied by a fever
    • Pink/reddish color to white part of the eye and thick discharge may be yellow or greenish in color
    • Ringworm-A common skin infections, usually resulting in red, itching, scaly circular rash
    • Any open wound, draining or pustule lesion on the skin
    • Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities or student is requiring more care than school can safely provide

    If your child is sent to the nurse, his or her complaints and symptoms will be evaluated. The nurse will take into consideration his or her ability to learn, classroom disruption and/or concern for the spread of illness. You may be called to pick-up your child even if symptoms differ from those described above.

    If it is necessary for your child to take prescription medication during the school day, the parent must bring the medication to the office and complete necessary documentation. The signature of the prescribing physician is required on this paperwork. The medication must be in the container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy. Non-prescription drugs will require written permission, the time for medication, dosage, and be in a new, unopened bottle.