Dorrie Darcy R.N., B.S.N
Phone # 445-8282
Fax # 445-9872
GUIDELINES FOR WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD
HOME WITH ILLNESS
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well.
The following symptoms warrant keeping your child home and calling your health care provider for guidance:
- Fever of 100.0 or greater, including a fever that requires control with medication such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin), Children must be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school
Vomiting and/or diarrhea, children should be symptom free for at least 24 hours and able to eat or drink before returning to school
Conjunctivitis or suspected pink eye, confirmed case of bacterial conjunctivitis must be treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before children can return to school
A severe sore throat, confirmed cases of strep throat must be treated with antibiotics for a full 24 hours before children can return to school
Honey-crusted sores around mouth or nose, confirmed cases of Impetigo must be treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before can return to school
Severe headache, ear pain or drainage from the ear
Deep or uncontrollable cough, even without a fever
These symptoms can develop quickly!
It is important to have a backup plan when you are unable
to stay home with or pick up your sick child.
PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR SCHOOL HEALTHY
Approved by Dr. Nanavati, JD School Physician
NYS Health Appraisals and Immunization Requirements
Health Examination and Screening Requirements: https://www.schoolhealthny.com/cms/lib/NY01832015/Centricity/Domain/88/NYS_NYCScreen_ExamReq2018.pdf
Please note change: Health exams are now required in kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade. Physicals dated after 9/1/2018 are acceptable.
Screenings will be conducted at school. If the results indicate that your child requires further follow-up you will receive written notification.
Medication at School
If your child needs to take medication at school, NYS guidelines must be followed. The requirements are: a written order from the physician, written request from the parent to administer medication during school, and the medication brought to school by the parent/guardian in the original, labeled container. Medications are to be left in the school health office; elementary age children are NOT allowed to carry their inhalers with them. These regulations apply to ALL medications, prescription and over-the-counter, and must be renewed each year.
Nut Free Classrooms
While some reactions can be mild, many students with severe food allergies experience serious, potentially life-threatening symptoms to eating (and sometimes touching and smelling) the food they are allergic to. A peanut free table is available to these students in the cafeteria so there is no need to be concerned about packed lunches from home. Please pay close attention to the snacks that you provide for your child to be eaten in the classroom, this includes birthday and holiday parties. For a comprehensive list of nut free snacks please follow this link: