News from the School Nurse

This is the time of year when we see a spike in student absence due to illness. Please read the following, and if you have questions you may call Nurse Debbie at 740-654-1632.

If you child has Diarrhea he/she should stay home until symptom free for 24 hours without medication. The ONLY exception is if the diarrhea is the result of a chronic condition, then a note from the doctor is needed  indicating that the child is not contagious.

If your child has a fever, they must be kept home until fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT MEDICATION.

If you child has vomited at home during the night or early morning, please keep him/her home for the day. If your child is sent home due to vomiting, please keep them home the following day.

If your child has Pertussis (whooping cough), Meningococcal Disease or any other known contagious disease, they must be kept home until they are no longer contagious. For most common childhood diseases, the period of contagion is known. Consult your doctor or school nurse for additional information.

Medications: If you child is on medications at home, but not at school, please let Nurse Debbie know. Many medications cause unusual or undesirable side effects that can be mistaken for other problems. ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER WITH A CURRENT LABEL.

It is important to keep the school informed if your child is going to be absent. Please call the office if your child is going to be absent due to illness. Please share the symptoms your child is experiencing, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, etc. It helps the school monitor disease patterns.

Please have your child eat a healthy breakfast-this can offset many symptoms such as headache, stomach ache and inability to focus in class.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep St. Mary School a HEALTHY environment for your children to have success in learning.




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