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When to Keep Your Child Home from School
· If your child has a fever of 100ºF or above.
· If your child has a contagious illness such as chicken pox, strep throat, or flu.
· If your child has a skin rash or condition not yet diagnosed by a physician.
· If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea.
· If your child’s eye is pink or red, itchy and/or drainage from the eye is present.
· If your child has head lice or nits (eggs).
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL
In order to insure adherence to Massachusetts immunization requirements, monitoring of infections and other diseases are important functions of the school nurse. The nurse works with parents, administrators, school staff, primary care providers, local and regional Boards of Health, school physician and others to maintain a healthy school environment. Upon recommendation to administration, students may be excluded from school if immunizations are not up to date or if a student has a communicable disease such as chicken pox, pertussis, scabies, lice or conjunctivitis.
If your child becomes ill while at school, every attempt will be made to contact a parent to make arrangements to take the child home.
Injuries at school, if severe, will be handled as an emergency situation and local EMS will be called to take your child to the most appropriate receiving hospital. Parents will be notified immediately if an ambulance is called.
If your child needs to be excused from physical education class, notification in writing is mandatory from both parent and physician. Written documentation is required for return to physical education class as well.
Parents are expected to keep emergency contact numbers up to date. If the information for yourself or other emergency contacts change, please notify the school nurse immediately.