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PMS Nurse FAQs

When can my child return to school if they have strep throat?

They may return after they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. That means if they take the pill 3 times a day after the third dose and if 4 times a day after the fourth dose. If your child is on antibiotics the doctor is usually flexible about times so that your child doesn't have to take it during school. If this is not an option please send in a note from the doctor stating that it is okay to give the medication in school.

When can my child return to school after they have had head lice?

After they have been treated and you have gone over their head thoroughly to be sure that there are no live lice. They must report to the school nurse's office to be checked before they can return to the classroom. We do not have a "no nit" policy so they do not need to be free of nits to return. They will also need to be checked at 1 week intervals to be sure there is no recurrence.

Do I need to send medication in for my child if they take tylenol/motrin etc.?

It would be greatly appreciated if you would send in a bottle with your child's name on it. All children do not take the same type of medication, some take chewable, some liquid and some do swallow pills, because of this variety it is hard for me to keep a supply of all kinds. So if your child has a particular preference for caplets or other types please send in their own bottle.

How long should I keep my child home if they have a fever?

A child should be kept home until they have no fever for 24 hours and are not taking fever reducing medication. That is a fever over 100.4 degrees. If he fever is lower and the child is comfortable then they can come to school if on fever reducing medication.

When can my child return to school if they have conjunctivitis?

They should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before they return to school.

Do I need to contact the school nurse when my child has been seen by a doctor?

Yes! It is very helpful to let the school nurse know when your child has been seen by a physician. This will help if something happens in school or another child has the same symptoms, especially for things like strep throat, conjunctivitis or injuries.

If your child is seen by a physician and are diagnosed with something new, it would be helpful if you could bring in a note from the doctor with the diagnosis and any measures that need to be taken.

If your child cannot participate in gym for any reason we will need a doctors note to be excused, we will try and make other accommodations on a case by case basis.

Is a doctor's note necessary when my child returns to school after an illness?

You should get a note from the doctor after illnesses or injuries. This will help the school nurse take care of your child and set up any accommodations that might be necessary for your child's return. If your child has been out for 3 or more days a doctor's note is required in order to return. This will also help in determining whether your child will receive a note for excessive absences.

Eyeglasses with contacts?

Sometimes, especially in the winter, the air in the building is very dry and contacts have been known to fall out or tear. In that case it would be wise to have either an extra pair of contacts or a pair of glasses in school.

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:30AM


There will be a 2 hour delay on Wednesday, January 30.
No AM kindergarten or preschool.