A Message from the Nurse
With the start of each school year, we like to remind our friends of the importance of proper health care in our community. It is my job to promote the health and wellbeing for all students and the school community at large. Some of the tasks involved in this process include: coordinating care between school, families and providers; addressing the health needs of the community, including social and environmental needs affecting health; providing health education to the school community; and delivering quality care and nursing interventions for actual and potential health problems.
But the reality is, illnesses do happen. Here are some guidelines for what you can do when your child is sick.
Children should not be sent to school or to the Farm if they are sick or unable to participate fully in the daily program, which includes time outdoors. A child who is not well cannot benefit from the program and jeopardizes the health of others. Please keep your child home if:
Your child has a fever (temperature over 100.4). Students may return to school after 24 hours fever-free.
Your child is vomiting or has diarrhea. Students may return to school 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.
Your child is suffering from a cough, runny nose, headache or other ailment severe enough to disrupt normal activity. Students may return to school when symptoms are less severe and full participation is possible.
Your child has a new rash that has not been diagnosed and does not appear to be a minor skin irritation. Students may return to school when rash is diagnosed and verified to be non-contagious.
Your child complains of dizziness or lightheadedness. Students may return upon medical evaluation and clearance.
If a child becomes ill at school and is unable to participate in the daily program due to health concerns, families will be notified and requested to arrange the child’s pick up.
Additionally, MCS conducts schoolwide lice checks periodically throughout the school year.
Here's to a happy and healthy school year!