When to Keep Children Home from School

  • Fever over 100 degrees.
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting WITHIN THE LAST 24 HOURS.
  • 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.

Helpful Information

Health Service:

Students and parents are encouraged to utilize these services when necessary to optimize their educational opportunity.

Emergency Information:

All parents/guardians are required to provide current Emergency Information for their child(ren) every year during the Annual Update of Information. The purpose of this 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 update this for themselves. Students who are under 18 may not be given any over-the-counter medications without the completed online annual update. Please notify the Nurse/Health Office of changes in pertinent information. Please call your child(ren)'s school if you need assistance with this process.


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: 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.

Communicable Diseases:

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 return-to-school recommendations.

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.

Contact Information

 Abbot-Downing School
 Nurse:  Janet Moffett

 Beaver Meadow School
Nurse:  Mary Palm

 Broken Ground School
Nurse:  Stuart Gesen

 Christa McAuliffe School
Nurse:  Stephanie Celestin
 Phone:  225-0840/0844

 Mill Brook School
Nurse:  Janet Corkum

 Rundlett Middle School
Nurse:  Ann Lanney, Erin Stewart, Susan Gorham

 Concord High School
Nurse:  Renee D'Allesandro, Heather Zerbi

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