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
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
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
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:
or reddened eyes with drainage
- 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
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
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