From the School Nurse.
School attendance is important for effective learning and undisrupted academic development. Most children, unless they have a specific medical problem, should only miss a few days of school a year. It is important to notify the school nurse if your child suffers from a medical problem, particularly if it will impede his/her school performance or attendance. Absences should be reported to the Main Office. Communicable diseases and hospitalizations should also be reported to the school nurse.
Most school-age illness is secondary to viral infection and not life threatening unless the child is immunologically compromised. If your child has a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL for at least 24 hours. Severe pain, infections, and rashes also warrant medical consultation. Purulent drainage from the eyes or ears or large wounds is indicative of infection. Over-the-counter remedies may improve their discomfort but if symptoms persist or are severe, consult your physician. Children that miss more than five days of school may need a doctor’s note prior to reentering school. Recurring symptoms also warrant physician follow-up. If you have any questions feel free to contact the School Nurse at (847) 357-5358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, this is a friendly reminder regarding when to keep your child home from school:
- Fever 100 degrees or higher
- Students may return to school when they no longer have a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (i.e. ibuprofen / acetaminophen).
Please refer to page 27 of the “School District 54 Parent-Student Handbook” for more information regarding Health Services.