Is your child well enough to be at school?

Is your child well enough to be at school?
Posted on 09/13/2018
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It is not always easy to decide if your child is sick enough to stay home or well enough to be in school. 

Children who come to school are expected to participate fully in school 
activities including recess and physical education. A doctor’s note is required for any activity restriction.

Here are some guidelines that might help in decision making:

1. FEVER: A fever of 100 degrees F (37.7 degrees C) or more signals an illness that is
probably going to make a student uncomfortable and unable to function well in class.
Your child should stay home until he/she is feeling better. Keep your child home
until his/her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication.

2. VOMITING, DIARRHEA OR SEVERE NAUSEA: These are symptoms that
require a student to remain at home until a normal diet is tolerated the night before
and the morning of school.

3. INFECTIOUS DISEASE: Diseases such as impetigo and strep throat require a
doctor’s examination and prescription for medication. Contacting the doctor and
using the medication as directed for the full recommended length of time are
necessary. Once the medication has been started (at least 3 doses) and the child is
feeling well, he/she may return to school.

4. RASHES: Rashes and patches of broken, itchy skin need to be examined by a doctor
if they appear to be spreading or not improving. We may require that a rash be
covered while your child is in school.

5. INJURIES: If a student has an injury that causes continuous discomfort, the student
should not attend school until a doctor checks the condition, or it improves. Injuries
that interfere with class participation need medical evaluation. If participation in
physical education classes is not recommended, a physician’s excuse is required.

Any pain medication that is required MUST be brought in by a parent/guardian.

Thank you,

Rebecca DuCharme, RN

School Nurse
Verona Area School District 
Stoner Prairie Elementary/VAIS: 845-4215
Savanna Oaks Middle School: 845-4015

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