Come, Stay or Go?

Attending School and the Health Office

Do I send them to school, keep them in school or keep them home? You do not want your child to miss school, however, you also do not want to expose other children as well.
Here are a few guidelines to follow:
A runny nose: If it is clear, you can send them, but please remind your child of good hand washing, especially after using tissues!
A bad cough or cold symptoms: can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu, or even pneumonia. If your child has constant colored drainage, a severe so throat, difficulty breathing, fever, or is not acting "right", please have them seen by your doctor.
Skin rash of unknown origin: if it is accompanied by fever or itching, please have them seen by your doctor.
Vomiting and/or diarrhea: please do not send your child to school if he/she has had either episode. Students need to be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
A temperature of 100 or greater: Students should be fever free (without any fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen for 24 hours) before returning to school.
Diagnosis of Pink-Eye (Conjunctivitis) or Step Throat: student MUST be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school or as directed by your doctor.

Dismissing a Student From School for Health Reasons

Conversations related to student dismissal for health reasons are conducted on the phone in the nurse office. Conversations between student and parent, without inclusion of the health office that result in a decision to remove the student from school for health related reasons will not be entered as excused absences.  A medical note is required for the absence to be marked as excused.

 There is a link below that may be downloaded for your doctor's visit:

Medical Referral for Absence

Please have your health care provider complete and sign the bottom portion of the Referral Form.


The Flu - and other highly infections microorganisms


Preventing the Spread Of Infections

Take time to get a Flu Vaccine.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Take everyday preventitive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.

  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.

  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications( For people with high-risk factors(, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.

  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health condition( or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.

  • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.