What if my child
becomes ill at school?
When a student comes to the office complaining of illness, the nurse will assess the student’s status and make a decision as to whether that student should be dismissed. The nurse will call the designated contact and relay her findings and recommendations. The ultimate decision for dismissal (unless medically necessary) will be left to the parent. Please enter the school’s number 508-226-6223 into your cell phone contact list.
What if my child calls me from their cell phone during school because they feel sick?
Students are not to call parents on their cell phones when feeling ill unless it is done from the nurse’s office. The nurse will never tell a student that they may not call a parent. IF your child calls you from a different location, please immediately direct them to the nurse’s office.
When should I keep my child home?
Any child that has a fever should be kept home. A fever is medically considered to be a temperature of 100.4 or greater, although some individuals feel the effects of a fever with a temperature that is lower than that. If you child has a fever (or febrile symptoms such as body aches and chills), please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours. Also a child should not come to school if they have been vomiting or had diarrhea, and should not return to school until 24 hours after that last episode of vomiting or diarrhea-even if they are feeling better.
What should I do if my child requires medication during school?
All attempts should be made to take medication outside of school hours. When that is not possible, a parental consent and doctor’s order is required. The medication should be brought to school in the “original pharmacy labeled container” with enough medication for school dosing.
What is the procedure for an Epi Pen for my child’s life-threatening allergy?
As with other medication, a physician’s order and parental consent is required EVERY YEAR. If you have indicated that your child suffers from a life-threatening allergy, it is your responsibility to oversee obtaining the medication and proper paperwork to be handed in on the first day of school.
My child uses an inhaler?
Can they keep that with them?
Yes, but a parent note must be on file for them to do so. AND so long as the child knows how and when to use it-AND knows what to do if the first dose does not give relief (go directly to the nurse).
My child has been injured and can’t wear a portion of the uniform. What do I do?
Injuries can be treated with casts…braces….dressings etc. On occasion these treatments may interfere with the uniform. But this is rare. If treatment interferes with the uniform, i.e. tights, pants or skirts, it is recommended that the student wear “baggy” sweat pants or gym shorts, not yoga pants. . If they are on crutches, please have your child wear supportive sneakers. At no time should a student wear “flip flops”. When wearing sweat pants, the remainder of the uniform, i.e. sweater, blouse, shirt and tie should still be worn. Any variations in the uniform for medical reasons requires a pass from the nurse.
I think my child might have a concussion. What should I do?
If you believe your child might have suffered a concussion (signs and symptoms are linked to this web site), take your child to your physician or emergency room to be evaluated. If they are diagnosed, we ask that your physician put into writing any specific orders as to activity AND ACADEMIC participation. When the physician clears your child to return to school, your child will be directed to check in with the nurse at least every 3 days while receiving academic support. Athletic participation will be at the discretion of the Athletic Trainer.
Why do I have to fill out a Health Information Form every year?
Over the summer things may change for your child. Perhaps they are on new medication, or were diagnosed with a new medical condition, allergy, or sustained an injury. It is important for the nurse to be aware of any changes in the child’s health.
Will health related information about my child be kept confidential?
The only time information about your child’s health is given out, is when their health concern may directly affect them in the classroom and may be a safety factor (i.e. a seizure disorder, life-threatening allergy, etc.). Otherwise, all information is kept confidential. Learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, are not necessarily a “health” concern, but definitely can affect classroom behavior and academic performance. Therefore it is highly recommended that the Guidance Counselor be aware of any learning disabilities.
How do I contact the nurse?