Fairgrounds Elementary School
Bridget Spring RN
To prevent the spread of illness due to close contact, sick children should not attend school. Healthy students perform better in school. Children benefit from extra rest and will ultimately be sick less if kept at home when ill.
Reasons to Keep Your Child Home:
*Fever over 100. Children should remain home for at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved.
* Any vomiting or diarrhea during the night or morning.
* Cough or cold symptoms that have kept the child up at night or are persistent.
* Thick discolored drainage from nose
* Crusty, itchy, draining, red eyes.
* An undiagnosed rash. Contact your physician if your child has a rash, skin lesion or skin irritation.
* Pain. If your child requires prescription medicine for pain control due to injury or illness he/she should not come to school.
* Please notify the School Nurse if your child is diagnosed with a contagious illness, such as; strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink eye), skin infection, hepatitis, chicken pox.
* Students who are being treated with an antibiotic must complete 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
A Note from the Doctor
In the case of prolonged illness (more than 3 days), serious injury such as sprain, fracture, eye injury, burn, laceration, surgery… Upon returning to school, a physicians note is required, stating what restrictions are necessary.
* Students will not be excused from PE class or recess without a note from a physician.
Influenza and H1N1 Signs and symptoms include: Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting, diarrhea. The flu can easily spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes near others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination as the best way to protect children against the flu. To learn more about the flu virus see: www.cdc.gov/flu. Contact your physician to schedule a flu shot.
Medication If your child requires a prescription medication while at school, parents must bring the medication to the nurse in original container with a written order/prescription from the Doctor. (Do not send medication to school in your child’s back pack). Parents will be required to sign a hold harmless agreement allowing the school nurse to give the medication.
Children with asthma, should have an inhaler available with the nurse.
Head Lice Please check your child’s head weekly for head lice. Discourage close contact and the sharing of brushes, combs or hats.
If your child is found to have head lice, please inform the school nurse, and follow the treatment exactly as directed. Remove all nits. Parent should accompany the child to school the next day for a re-check by the nurse. Any nits that are not removed, may hatch within 7-10 days even after using anti lice shampoo such as NIX or RID. Getting rid of head lice requires hard work and patience. Please see the link below regarding treatment of head lice. http://www.cdc.gov/lice/head/treatment.html#general
Peanut/Nut Allergies For the safety of our students with peanut/nut allergies please do not send in foods for parties or class celebrations that contain peanuts/nuts. Exposure to peanuts/nuts can be life threatening. Please let the nurse know if your child has any food allergies.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS / RECORDS
In order to begin school, NH state law requires that students have a physical examination within the previous twelve months and all immunizations must be current. Physical forms, including a complete record of immunizations, are required at the time of registration. Permanent health records and emergency cards are kept of file in the school health offices. Parents are requested to notify the health office of any changes, additions or deletions on these records. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the nurse.
Other Important Links:
State Immunization Requirements: http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/immunization/documents/childschedule.pdf
Seasonal and Novel H1N1 a guide for parents; http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/flugallery/2009-10/pdf/pan_flu_brochure.pdf
West NileVirus: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/resources/WNV_factsheet.pdf
EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis): http://www.cdc.gov/print.do?url=http3A//www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/arbor/eeefact.htm
Lyme Disease: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/index.htm