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Ellen  Trimm

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It is my pleasure to care for your children every day at Hall-Kent Elementary School.
Sometimes, medications need to be administered during the school day. Please help me
ensure the safety of your child by using the medication forms for prescription
and non-prescription medications when medication needs to be administered. There is a
Prescriber Parent Authorization form for over-the-counter medications to be administered without a note from you each time the need for these type drugs arises. I will keep these forms on file so that I can administer the care you want. Let me know about allergies or other conditions that may affect your child at school.


When should your child stay home from school?

Many parents are concerned about when to keep children who have been ill home from
school. These are a few of the most common reasons children should stay home.

1. FEVER: Your child should stay home if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees
(orally) or more and should remain home for about 24 hours after the fever has gone.
2. VOMITING or DIARRHEA: Your child should stay home if he/she has
vomited or had diarrhea (more than 1 loose stool) within 2 hours prior to the start
of school. (Be alert for 'stress induced vomiting' - some children throw up when
worried about something.) Your child should remain home for 24 hours after the vomiting or diarrhea have stopped.
3. PINKEYE: Conjunctivitis can be very contagious. If the white of your child's
eye is red and has any type of drainage you should keep your child at home. You
should also contact your child's doctor.
4. HEAD LICE: Children with lice should be kept home until treated and all
nits(eggs) are removed. Contact the school nurse if you discover head lice in any
of your children.
5. CHICKEN POX: Students should not attend school until the blisters have
scabbed over and begin drying. This takes about 7-10 days from the onset of the disease.
6. IMPETIGO: Impetigo is a sore that has become infected. Impetigo can be
found anywhere on the body including the face. The sores become crusty and can
drain infected material. Your child needs to be treated for the infection. Once
treatment has started, your child may come to school. If not dry, sores need to be
covered while in school.
7. STREP THROAT: If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat (this
requires a special test by a health care provider), your child should stay home
approximately 24 hours after antibiotic therapy has been started.

REMEMBER: A doctor's note must accompany any medications that are to be given
during school hours. We appreciate your help in preventing the spread of disease in
school and limiting the number of days children miss due to illness.

Ellen Trimm, RN