School nursing is a profession of scientific process, health assessment, nursing diagnosis and treatment, as well as a work of heart.
- Attendance Procedures
- Athletic Eligibility
- Immunization Requirements for Registration 2020
- Controlling Communicable Disease in a School Setting
- Injuries and Accidents
- Medication Policy
Health Office Forms:
- BMI Opt Out Form
- Concussion Information Sheet
- Parent Letter Health and Dental Appraisal
- Health Appraisal Form for Provider
- Dental Health Form for Provider
- Universal Medication Form
- Self-Medication Release Form
- 2018-19 Immunization Requirements for Registration
- STUDENT ABSENCE REPORT FORM
- Zika: The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Against It
- Zika Virus Education
- Ventolin Recall
- Coxsackie Virus Fact Sheet
- 10 Tips for Backpack Safety
- Everyday Preventative Action That Can Help Fight Germs
- Flu Guide for Parents
- Flu Vaccinations, Who Should Do It Who Should Not
- Illness Guidelines
- Pertussi Whooping Cough
- Scabies Information
- Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents
- Vaccine Information Statement
- Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis
- Meningococcal Vaccine Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Should my child be in school with this illness…
- stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea?
- cold, sore throat?
- rash, hives?
- chicken pox?
- head lice?
- absent other than illness?
- pink eye, red eyes?
…stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea?
A child with vomiting or diarrhea should be kept home until symptoms have resolved for approximately 24 hours and the child is able to keep food and liquids down. Consult your physician if fever and stomach pains persist or your child has poor oral intake and appears dehydrated (dry mouth, no tears, sunken eyes or urinates less than 4 times in 24 hours). Remember both you and your child need to practice good hand washing.
Consult your physician during regular office hours. Your physician will evaluate the need for antibiotics and recommend a pain reliever. Your child does not need to miss school due to an ear infection as long as they are comfortable.
A child should be kept home if headaches are severe and do not respond to medication. Consult your physician if the headaches persists.
Fevers are generally a sign of infection. It is recommended that any child with a temperature of 100 or higher should stay home. A child should be fever free, without the use of over the counter medications (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.) for 24 hours before returning to school.
…cold, sore throat?
Children average 4-6 colds per year. If cold and cough symptoms are associated with a fever or do not readily improve, call your physician. Your child may attend school if there is not fever and they can cover their cough, sneezing and nasal drainage. A sore throat with a fever and swollen glands may indicate strep throat. Contact you physician’s office to have your child evaluated. Children are no longer contagious after 24 hours on antibiotics.
Flu is a serious illness, and children who have the flu should always stay home from school. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches. With the flu, symptoms come on very quickly. It is a good idea to contact the child’s doctor if he or she has these symptoms.
A rash is usually a sign of a viral illness. It may also be a reaction to medication. If your child has an unusual rash or it is associated with a fever, contact your physician. Keep your child home until you have discussed the rash with your physician. Hives are usually an allergic reaction to something your child has been exposed to, ingested, inhaled or just an irritation. Hives can be life-threatening if accompanied by: a sudden onset, feeling of apprehension, weakness, fullness in throat, difficulty swallowing,difficulty breathing, wheezing, tingling around the face, mouth, itching. If any of these symptoms occur, call 911 immediately.
Any student who has chicken pox MUST be excluded from school until he/she is fever free, all pox are scabbed over and no new ones are erupting, usually 7-10 days. Please inform your school nurse if your child has chicken pox. Due to varicella (chicken pox) immunization guidelines, please obtain a written note from your physician stating that your child has had the disease and submit it to the school nurse.
Students with head lice are NOT to be readmitted to school until proper treatment has occurred and he/she is free of lice and nits. Consult your physician or pharmacist regarding proper treatment. The Peru Central School District has adopted a “NO NIT” policy and the judgment of the school nurse will override the opinion of the parent and the physician ordering the treatment.
Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus and can be spread by skin-to-skin contact. Students are to be EXCLUDED from contact sports until they are treated, either by a physician or over-the-counter medication. When he/she returns to school, the area should be covered for contact sports until the ringworm is gone. Otherwise, students may attend school.
**FOR WRESTLERS ONLY**
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. has adopted the following policy to determine if a wrestler with a skin condition is allowed to compete.
A wrestler suspected of having a communicable skin disease must have written documentation from a physician (medical doctor or nurse practitioner) stating that the suspected disease or condition is not communicable and the athlete’s participation would not be harmful to his opponent.
A copy of the approved physician treatment form can be obtained from the middle school or high school nurse, the athletic director or the wrestling coaches.
…pink eye, red eyes?
When the white part of the eye appears red, itchy and produces a yellow or green crusty discharge, call your physician during office hours. If these symptoms persist, your child may have conjunctivitis (pink eye), a common but troublesome condition, which can be a contagious infection. Your child may need eye drops or ointment and may attend school after 24 hours of treatment. Remember you and your child need to practice good hand washing and your child should use a separate towel/washcloth.
…absent other than illness?
Children are sometimes kept home from school for reasons other than illness. Unnecessary absences from school may have an adverse effect on a student’s attitude, work habits and progress.
Use your own good common sense and remember:
- Sick children belong at home.
- Well children belong in school.