SICK CHILD POLICY
One of the problems most often confronting parents of school-age children occurs when a child complains of not feeling well on a school day. A decision must be made as to whether the child stays home or goes to school. The information in this section is not intended as medical advice, but is merely designed to provide suggestions to be followed until your doctor can be contacted for an opinion.
STOMACHACHE, VOMITING, DIARRHEA. Consult your doctor if your child has a stomachache that lasts longer than 4 hours or is severe enough to limit activity. If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until he/she can keep food down. A child with diarrhea should be kept home for at least 24 hours.
HEADACHE A child whose only complaint is headache usually needs not be kept at home. However, when a bad headache follows a fall or blow to the head, your doctor should be contacted.
FEVER No child with a temperature of 99.0 degrees or more should be sent to school. Do not allow the child to return to school until he/she has been free of fever for 24 hours.
RASH A rash may be the first sign of one of childhood's many illnesses, such as chicken pox. A rash or "spots" may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area. Do not send a child with a rash to school until your doctor has said that it is safe to do so. Please send a note from the doctor indicating he/she does not feel the child has a contagious condition.
COLD, COUGH, SORE THROAT. The common cold presents the most frequent problem to parents. A child with a "heavy" cold and a hacking cough belongs at home, even though there is no fever. If your child complains of a sore throat and has no other symptoms, he/she may go to school. If white spots and/or red throat and swollen glands can be seen in the back of the throat, or if fever is present, keep the child home and call your doctor.
HEAD LICE POLICY
Please make it part of your routine to check your child's head frequently for lice. If you do find lice on your child, you must notify the school, even if you've already treated your child. Your child cannot return to school until all nits have been removed and the treatment has been done. A second treatment should be done 7 days after initial treatment. All students will be checked upon their return.