STUDENT ILLNESS/FIRST AID PROTOCAL & GUIDELINES FOR WHEN STUDENTS CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL
The following guidelines will be used to assist in determining if a student will remain in school or if the parent/guardian will be contacted to have the student sent home from school. These guidelines also cover some first aid situations. (Definition of First Aid: Non life-threatening situation. The immediate and temporary care given in case of an accident or sudden illness, before the services of a physician can be secured.) When an emergency arises which may require further medical services, parent/guardian home and work numbers will be called. If there is no response, the emergency number stated in your child’s chart will be called. Only in extreme emergencies will an ambulance be used.
1. If a student has an oral temperature of 100 degrees or more, the student is to be sent home.
2. If a student has an episode of vomiting, the student will be sent home.
3. If a student has complaints of sore throat or earache, accompanied by oral temperature of 100 degrees or greater, the student is to be sent home and referred for medical follow up.
4. If a child has no temperature and no previously identified problems but has drainage from the ear and ear pain, the parent will be contacted to make them aware of the situation. It will be the parent’s responsibility to determine if medical follow up is necessary. The child may remain in school.
5. If a student has an identified case of head lice, the student will be sent home immediately for treatment. Students do not need to be sent home if they have been treated for lice, and nit casings remain. See guidelines under: Guidelines for when students can return to school.
6. If a student has extreme redness of the eyes accompanied by itching and pussy drainage from the eye, the student is to be sent home/referred for medical follow up.
GUIDELINES FOR WHEN STUDENTS CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL
Fever/ill symptoms - Can return to school 24 hours after temperature returns to normal and when ill symptoms no longer exist.
Vomiting/diarrhea - Can return to school 24 hours after last episode.
Sore throat/earache - Can return to school after the child has been on an antibiotic for 24 hours (if strep throat) or when symptoms disappear.
Head lice – Can return after being treated with a medicated shampoo ( can be the same day)
Pink eye (without pus) – Viral in nature, can attend school.
Pink eye (with pus) – Can return to school 24 hours after treatment with appropriate eye drops.
Skin rashes - Can return to school after the symptoms disappear, or when the rash is self contained, non-draining, or covered.
Cold sores and common cold – Student can be in school (unless accompanied by a temperature or other ill symptoms).
Impetigo – Home 24 hours with salve – if spreading you will need to be home longer and on medication.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth - Can return to school when sores are scabbed over and no new ones appear.