Welcome back to another amazing school year. For our new families, my name is Lisa Maldonado, LVN, and I have the honor of being the school nurse to our Ella Barnes Stars. I have been the school nurse at Ella Barnes since the 2013-2014 school year.
Please read below for important information regarding your scholar!
It is recommended that parents give all doses of medication at home. The school nurse may administer only those doses that must be given during the school day.
Medications prescribed to be given twice or three times a day will not be administered at school, since these doses may be given at home.
Prescription medication requires an "Authorization of Medications at School Authorization Form" to be signed by the parent and child's physician before the school nurse can accept and administer prescription medication. Over the counter medications need to be brought to the clinic to be signed in by the parent and/or legal guardian. Over the counter medication will need to be brought in the original container. Please check the expiration date on all medications.
The school nurse will never administer the first dose of any prescription medication.
When should I keep my scholar home due to illness?
Child should be fever free for 24 hours.
A child's temperature is lowest in the morning, so a low temperature on awakening is not a true indicator. If you have given your child Tylenol or Motrin at night, the medication could still be affecting your child's temperature. A child should be fever free without the assistance of medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
A child should be free of vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
A child who has been ill during the night may feel slightly better in the morning and even ask to go to school. However, the child will likely experience symptoms of illness later, will also be tired from loss of sleep, and will still be contagious to other children.
A child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
Very few younger children can effectively blow their noses and wash their hands afterwards. A child with the above symptoms will quickly spread the illness to other children.
A child diagnosed with strep throat/scarlet fever should remain home for the first 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
A child remains contagious until he/she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
A child diagnosed with conjunctivitis may attend school after 24 hours of treatment.
There should also not be any drainage from the eyes.
The 24 Hour Test
A child should stay home for at least 24 hours to rest if the following symptoms are present the morning of school or the previous night:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Fever >100 degrees
- Itchy or reddened eyes with drainage
- An unusual rash
- A poor night's sleep due to illness, cough, etc.
To prevent the spread of strep throat and other illnesses, encourage children to wash hands frequently, especially after blowing nose or coughing. Do not share drinks or food with their friends.
If your child has the following symptoms/situations in the morning, please do not send him/her to school and check with your family doctor:
Fever 100.0 or greater, vomiting, diarrhea, rash of unknown origin, communicable disease, injuries that warrant a doctor's visit, pink eye, scabies, pediculosis(head lice), and delinquent immunizations.
Please ensure medical conditions and/or food allergies are listed on your child's emergency card. Please inform the school nurse if your scholar has any severe allergies. This information is imperative for the school nurse and staff to better care for your child.
The nurse's office is here to help support and promote health and wellness for all students. As a reminder, the
#1 rule to stop the spread of germs and infection is HAND WASHING !
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call or come by the clinic.