Health/Illnesses or Accidents at School
Pupils should remain home for a minimum of twenty-four hours following a fever or nausea. A child who suddenly develops a headache, chill, fever, vomiting or other signs of illness should be kept at home. The student should not return to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of medicine.
When a student has become ill or has an accident at school, the teacher will direct the child to the clinic. An office staff member will make the student as comfortable as possible. If deemed appropriate, a parent will be called. The school clinic is not permitted, nor does it have adequate facilities or staff, to care for a sick child for a prolonged period of time.
The school clinic is limited in the amount of first-aid treatment that can be given and is prohibited from giving any medicine (including aspirin) without a prescription from a doctor and the appropriate form filled out by the doctor and parent. It is important that we have an emergency phone number for every student. Please instruct your child to report any injury to his/her teacher as soon as possible.In the event a child becomes ill and needs to be picked up, the parent(s) will be called and are expected to come pick the child up within one hour (60 minutes). If the parent(s) cannot be reached, or have not arrived within an hour, the emergency contact person will be called and asked to come pick the child up.
Symptoms requiring removal of child from school:
- Fever: Fever is defined as having a temperature of 99°F or higher (a child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school, that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol®, or any other fever reducing substance.)
- Fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability, or confusion.
- Diarrhea: runny, watery, bloody stools, or 2 or more loose stools within last 4 hours.
- Vomiting. Note: please do not bring your child if they have vomited in the night.
- Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing.
- Frequent scratching of body or scalp, lice, rash, or any other spots that resemble childhood diseases, including ringworm.
- Child is irritable, continuously crying, or requires more attention than we can provide without hurting the health, safety or well-being of the other children in our care.
Medicine at school
In the event that any child is to take medicine during the day, please refer to the school medication policy. A parent must transport medicine to the school. Students may not transport any medicine, even prescribed. A parent will fill out a permission slip with the clinic for medication in addition to getting the permission slip signed and stamped by the child's primary care Doctor. If prescription medication has to be kept on a child's person, a Medication Authorization form must be provided. Medication Authorization Form
If your child has one of the listed communicable diseases, he/she must remain at home until after treatment from your doctor or clinic and a release is given: Chicken Pox, Hepatitis, Measles, Mumps, Pinkeye, Ringworm of the scalp or skin, Rubella, Scarlet Fever and Whooping Cough.
Head LiceAny child with head lice or nits may not attend school. No Nit Policy.
Florida law [Florida Statues 232.032(8) (1)] requires that all students show proof of immunization before admission to school. Any students who fail to show proof of immunization will be excluded from school until such proof or exemption is presented to the school.