When school-age children complain of not feeling well on a school day, a decision must be made as to whether or not the child should go to school. You don't want to keep a child home sick if the child is not sick, but you don't want to send a sick child to school. Some guidelines to consider at times like this are:
FEVER: No child with a temperature of 100 or higher should go to school. If your child is sick (for any reason), keep your child home and contact the school to notify us of their symptoms and absence.
COMMON COLD: Children with heavy cold symptoms and hacking coughs should remain at home, please follow up with your child's doctor and notify the school nurse.
SORE THROAT: A child with a sore throat should be monitored if other symptoms exist, keep the child home and contact your child's doctor.
RASHES: Do not send a child to school if they have a rash unless your doctor in writing indicates it is safe to do so.
VOMITING AND DIARRHEA: Keep home, monitor for other symptoms, consult your child's doctor and notify the school nurse.
TOOTHACHE: Seek doctor's advice as soon as possible.
EARACHE: Contact your doctor without delay.
HEADACHE: Please monitor your child and if other symptoms exist for example: sore throat, fever please continue to monitor your child at home.
PEDICULOSIS (LICE): Students with live head lice should remain at home and be treated. Please contact the school nurse or your childs doctor for further information.
REMINDER: Please do not send cough drops to school with your child.
Mrs. Natalie Weekes, R.N.,B.S.N.,C.S.N.
Howard Emmons Lower Elementary School Nurse
Office: (609)893-8141 ext:1166
It is important for you to keep your sick child at home. We’ll work with you by keeping your healthy child in school and calling you only when we feel it is necessary for you to know of an injury or for your child to be sent home. Please review the School Districts Student Handbook – Health Section and it should be able to answer any questions you may have concerning medical issues at school.
Please remember to update your emergency phone number as changes occur. Send in new phone numbers and contact information with your child or contact the main office. Any students with asthma, food allergies, insect sting allergies or any other medical conditions that may require medication and treatments during school need to submit medical paperwork by their physician for the current school year.
Important Medical Forms & Information
Please contact your child's school nurse if needed for detailed explanation of all medical forms and school health services and regulations.