Illness and Injury at School


Students who become ill or injured during the school day need to get a pass from their teacher to go to the health room. The school nurse will evaluate the concerns of students and provide services as needed. Parents will be notified by the school nurse in the event of any illness or injury that may require outside medical attention or if students are being sent home due to illness/injury. Students should not use their cell phone to call or text message a parent during the school day related to their illness or injury, they need to report to the health room. To be sent home by the school nurse due to illness or injury, the child needs to first be evaluated by the school nurse.

Occasionally, it may be necessary for a student to remain home from school due to illness. The following guidelines should be followed when determining if he/she should stay at home.

  • Following a nighttime bout of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever; student should stay at home and be watched for further symptoms. Fever is defined as a temperature 100° or above without the use of fever-reducing medication. The student’s temperature should remain normal without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • It is also advisable for the student to stay home from school if any of the following symptoms are exhibited: unusual skin eruptions, chills, discharge or redness of eye(s), or persistent cough.
  • A student should not be sent to school to be evaluated by the school nurse with an illness or injury that occurred at home. Any serious illness or injury occurring at home must be evaluated by the student’s healthcare provider.

A certified school nurse or a staff nurse and the school physician supervise health services. All school health rooms are staffed during school hours to handle the routine administration of medication and medical emergencies.