Medical Alert Notification
In order to best meet your child’s health and educational needs in school please inform the school nurse of any health related issues or any current medications. The school staff working with your child will be notified in a confidential manner and adequate allowances will be made.
It is very important that the school be notified of any change in emergency numbers.
Medication Administration in School
Every effort should be made to have any medications given at home. If this is not possible, remember that ALL medications, including non-prescription medications (Tylenol and Advil), require written authorization from a doctor and parent. State law and regulations pertaining to administration of medications in school requires an Authorization Of Medication By School Personnel form to be completed by a doctor, dentist, or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. The form must also be signed by a parent/guardian. Medication must be brought to the nurse in the original labeled container with no more than a 45 day supply.
Students with mild sore throats and/or coughs are allowed to carry and use throat lozenges while in school with a written note from the parent/guardian.
Ill Child Policy
Regular school attendance is necessary for optimal learning. However, a mere presence at school does not ensure effective learning. A child must be feeling well in order to maximize the learning experience. In addition, a child who is sick and comes to school may spread the illness to other students and staff. It is recommended that a child remain home if any of the following conditions are present:
- Fever. The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100 degrees. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).
- Diarrhea/Vomiting. A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours.
- Conjunctivitis. Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.
- Rashes. Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child’s return to school.
- Colds. Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiences excessive nose blowing and coughing.
A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. When a child returns to school, he/she should be able to participate in all school activities including physical education. Remember, it is an extremely long day for a child who is sent to school ill. Not only is it difficult to concentrate and learn if repeatedly coughing or blowing your nose, but also it creates disruption in the classroom and affects the concentration and learning of your child’s classmates. Thank you for helping make Smith STEM School a healthy place to learn.