Medications in School - Reminder
Any child who needs to take medication during school hours MUST have a written request from the physician stating that the medication is to be given in school, as
well as the time and the dosage to be given. The school nurse MUST have a written request from parents to give the medication as specified by the physician. This
requirement includes all medications - those given daily and as needed. Cough drops are considered an OTC medication, and require an order from your medical
NO medication should be brought to school by students. Medication should be delivered to the school nurse by a parent/guardian. This parent/guardian contact also
enables the nursing staff to discuss the medical problem and treatment with the parent.
If a student carries his/her own asthma inhaler, a medication order must be on file in the Health Office. Last year’s order will not cover this year. Please contact your
doctor for a new order.
When to Keep a Child Home
With Illness During
Cold and Flu Season
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not
feel well. In general, during cold and flu season, unless your child is significantly ill, the best place for them is in school. However, there are some situations in which
it is best to keep your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your health care provider.
The following are a few situations that warrant watching and possibly calling your health care provider:
§ Persistent fever greater than 100°, including a fever that requires control with medication such as Tylenol
§ Child is uncharacteristically sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea
§ Cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class
§ Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours; OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of Strep throat infection
§ Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts; OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken
pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever
§ Red, runny eyes that distract the child from learning
§ Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache
§ Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear
§ Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever
§ Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others.
Finally, if you know your child is still running a fever, it is not a good idea to simply give them Tylenol and send them to school. As soon as the medicine wears off,
you are apt to receive a call from the school nurse asking you to come pick up your feverish child. It is better to let them stay home in bed with a fever and take their
medications at home until they are off all medicines and ready to learn for a full day in a classroom.
Reminder: A child should not be sent to school if they have a known fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or if they have vomited. They should not return to
school until they have maintained a temperature below 100 for at least 24 hours without medication to keep their temperature down.
If you find a pattern of your child asking to stay home from school, especially if they are falling behind or appear anxious by the thought of attending school, or if there
does not appear to be any obvious physical symptoms, it may be a good idea to contact your school nurse and health care provider to discuss your concerns.
Remember, whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the attendance office in advance of the start of the school day and leave a message that
your child will be absent.
Infection Control Precautions
Each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among
young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for
children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older. Making healthy choices at
school and at home can help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others.
Winter Sports Sign Up
The sign-up for winter sports will begin in October. Sports physicals will be scheduled with the school physicians for those student athletes who wish to have the
required sport physical completed at school. Winter sports begin on November 5 for Varsity and JV. Modified sports Block I will begin October 29; Block II will
begin January 7, 2019.
How Friends and Classmates Can Help
More and more students are being diagnosed with food allergies. These allergies can range in severity. A few of these students have severe peanut/nut, seafood, or
other food allergies. While many reactions can be mild, some students may experience serious symptoms that can be life-threatening. It is important to share this
information with you so that you and your children are aware that other students are impacted by these allergies. By working together, we can reduce the risk of
students having allergic reactions.
We would like to take precautions to prevent/reduce the likelihood of these students being exposed to peanuts, nut products, or other foods that can cause these
allergic reactions. Please encourage your children to be sensitive to students with food allergies while in the cafeteria by keeping their food on their trays and not
sharing their food with others. In addition, if your child is bringing food to share with a class, we would appreciate your cooperation in refraining from sending in
snacks with peanuts (especially peanut butter) or any nut products or other foods that may cause allergic reactions.
Thank you for making LACS safe for all students.