When to Keep Children Home from School
- Fever over 100 degrees.
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting WITHIN THE LAST 24 HOURS.
- Persistent upset stomach or headaches.
- Persistent sore throat with fever or swollen glands.
- If a throat culture is taken, wait for the results BEFORE sending
your child back to school. If your child has strep throat, he/she should
be on medication 24-hours before returning to school.
- Mysterious rash.
- Red, itchy, gooey eyes.
- Suspected or known head lice.
- Please notify the health office if you suspect your child has head lice.
Students and parents are encouraged to utilize these services when necessary to optimize their educational opportunity.
All parents/guardians are required to provide a new Emergency Information Form for their child(ren) every year.
The purpose of the form is to assist the school in reaching parents or
guardians as soon as possible should an emergency arise. Students who
are 18 or older may fill out and sign their own emergency forms.
Students who are under 18 may not be given any over-the-counter
medications without the completed form. Please notify the Nurse/Health
Office of changes in pertinent information. If you did not receive a
form or would like another form, please contact the Nurse/Health Office.
New Hampshire State Law RSA 141-C:20a requires that all children be immunized. See the NH DHHS letter, below, as Appendix E.
Prior to entry, all new students must
present an immunization record or religious or medical exemption to the
school nurse. Notarized requests for exemption from student immunization
or examination requirements must be made to the Superintendent at the
Central Office, 38 Liberty Street, Concord. Information on medical
exemptions, and the form to be notarized, can be found on the NH DOE
website: http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/immunization/exemptions.htm and in the list of Files, below.
Documentation of all student immunizations,
as well as religious or medical exemptions, will be kept on file in the
Nurse/Health Office at your child's school. Please contact your school
nurse for further information on exemptions. Failure to comply with
immunization requirements will result in exclusion from school.
When your child receives immunizations, please provide an updated copy
to the Nurse/Health Office. The Nurse/Health Office will contact you if
any additional immunizations are needed.
Injury or illness:
Any student who sustains an injury or becomes ill during school
hours should go to the Nurse/Health Office for evaluation. Often what
appears to be a minor injury or illness is more serious; therefore,
please permit the nurse the opportunity to evaluate the situation and
make the appropriate recommendation for care. Students needing to be
seen by the nurse should first obtain a pass from their teacher unless
it is an emergency situation. Students needing to be dismissed from
school due to illness or injury should be dismissed through the
Nurse/Health Office. We ask that students do not call parents from a pay
phone or cell phone before coming to the Nurse/Health Office if a
student requests dismissal. The Nurse/Health Office will contact the
parent/guardian or other adult designated on the emergency form to
obtain permission for dismissal.
Students must remain out of school with:
Chicken pox: For one week after rash first appears or until vesicles (lesions) have dried.
Conjunctivitis: Bacterial conjunctivitis: 24 hours after treatment has begun.
Diarrhea/vomiting: Symptom-free for 24 hours without medications.
Fever: Temperature must be less than 100 degrees for 24 hours without medications.
Head lice: Until adequate treatment is completed and follow-up with school nurse.
Mononucleosis: Per Doctor's recommendation.
Ringworm: Until treatment has begun.
Staph infection: For 24 hours after treatment has begun.
Strep throat: For 24 hours after treatment has begun.
Conjunctivitis ("Pink Eye"): Students with
evidence of conjunctivitis should be examined by the school nurse. If
the school nurse is suspicious of bacterial conjunctivitis, the
parent/guardian will be contacted and the student will be dismissed with
a recommendation for a follow-up medical evaluation prior to returning
to school. If the student is diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis,
the student will be excluded from school until he/she has been on
appropriate antibiotic therapy for a minimum of 24 hours. All students
should return with a physician note outlining the treatment plan and
Head Lice: Students with concern for head lice
should be evaluated by the school nurse. If the student is identified by
the nurse as having live lice or nits in a student previously
untreated, a parent/guardian will be called, the student will be
dismissed and treatment options will be discussed. Following appropriate
treatment, the student may return to school after being reevaluated by
the school nurse. Students with nits remaining after appropriate
treatment but with no evidence of live lice may be permitted to remain
in school dependent upon school medical staff clinical judgment.
Medication in School:
For safety reasons, all medication must be brought to the Health
Office and administered under the supervision of the nurse. The student
should not possess or ingest prescription (other than inhalers or
epi-pens) or over-the-counter medication in a location other than the
Nurse/Health office. No over-the-counter medications will be
administered to any student unless they have an updated emergency sheet
on file in the Nurse/Health Office. If students require an
over-the-counter medication that is not normally stocked in the
Nurse/Health Office, they will need to bring in their own supply of the
medication along with a note from their parent/guardian giving
permission to administer the medication as needed. In addition, students
who take an over-the-counter medication on a frequent and/or long-term
basis should also bring in their own supply of medication.
Prescription medications: If it is necessary that a student take prescription medications during the school day, a written authorization form (see the link below) must be signed by the prescribing physician and a parent/guardian. Medication must be brought to the school nurse in the container labeled by the pharmacist and will be kept in a locked cabinet. Students with asthma should carry their prescription inhalers with them, provided the authorization form is on file in the Nurse/Health Office. The same applies for epi-pens.