Health news for the school year

Oct. 31, 2017

It’s my hope that your student will have a successful and healthy school year. Here are some general guidelines to use in deciding if you should send your student to school:

  • No student with a TEMPERATURE OVER 100.5 degrees should be sent to school. The student should remain at home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
  • Any student with a STOMACH ACHE, DIARRHEA, or who CANNOT KEEP FOOD DOWN should be kept at home. The child should be kept at home for 24 hours AFTER the symptoms stop.
  • No student with a RASH should be at school. Consult your medical provider if the rash persists or if there is a fever with a rash.
  • No student with COLORED DRAINAGE FROM EYES OR EARS should be at school. Contact your health care provider.
  • Common COLD symptoms include: cough, runny nose, and sore throat are best treated at home if he/she is uncomfortable or if the symptoms interfere with classroom work. If these symptoms persist, contact your health care provider.  

 

Medication at school:

Oregon School Board guidelines state medication necessary during school hours to keep a child in school may be given by medication-trained staff. Prescription and over the counter medication (including Tylenol, cough drops, creams, eye drops, and allergy relief) must be checked in at the school health office by a parent or guardian and the Authorization for Medication Administration form completed. All products must be in their original packaging with manufacturer instructions; prescription medication must have the pharmacy label affixed. It’s the parent’s responsibility to provide medication that is not expired and refills as needed. 

Preventing illness:

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine now. Please remind your student to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow – do not use hands! Wash hands for at least 30 seconds – it’s the number one way to keep germs from entering our bodies. 

This is the time of year when families are reminded of updates needed for their child’s immunizations. Near the end of the month when those who still need additional immunizations receive notification in the mail, please take the time to read the information and contact your student’s health care provider. Vaccinations are not only essential to you and your student’s health, but to the overall health of the school community and surrounding areas of the city. 

Please do not hesitate to drop in the health room or contact me.

Best wishes for a safe school year,

Mary Corcoran, RN, BSN