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Sick Child Guidelines


Jamie Baksa
Elementary School Nurse

279-4600 ext. 2012 (phone)
279-0612 (fax)

jbaksa@brittonkill.k12.ny.us


If your child needs Tylenol in the morning in order to come to school he/she needs to stay home for 24 hours.

If your child has vomited since dinner, he/she needs to stay home another 24 hours. This is in order to keep the children around them healthy and not to spread germs. Please remember to phone the health office to call your child in sick.

Flu Guide for Parents and Students from School Nurses

Our school nurses would like to remind everyone we are entering cold and flu season. Below are everyday precautions to minimize the risks. A Parent Guide from the Centers for Disease Control is also available here…

  • Regular hand washing with soap and water, especially before eating
  • Keeping hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Covering coughs
  • Stay home if you or your child is sick Talk with you primary health care provider about the flu vaccine
  • Be extra vigilant if you or your child have a chronic respiratory disease such as asthma, or are immunocompromised

Physical Exams and Screenings
In accordance with New York State Law, physical examinations are required for all students in grades kindergarten, two, four, seven, ten and all students new to the district. Students may elect to have the examination in school by the school physician. Forms are available in the Health Office.

Medications
According to NY State Law, in order to administer medication, school nurses must have a written request from a doctor giving the frequency and dosage of medications, the condition for which it is prescribed, and a completed authorization form from the parent/guardian. Forms are available in the health office.

Medication (prescription or nonprescription) must be given by a parent directly to the school nurse. Students may NOT carry medicine in school at any time. All medication (prescription or non-prescription) is to be brought to the school nurse by an adult. Children are not allowed by state regulations to carry medication in the school setting unless the proper paperwork is completed (signed by a physician) and the nurse is aware.

Illness

1. If your child is sent home from school vomiting, they are not to return the following day. In order to return they must go 24 hours without vomiting.

2. If your child is sent home with a fever, from school they are not to return the following day. They must be fever free for 24 hours without medication in order to return. If you have any questions call the Health Office at 279-4600, ext. 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Emergency Information Card

Emergency information cards on file in the school nurse’s office have parents’ home and work telephone numbers, doctors’ names and numbers and persons to be contacted in emergencies if parents cannot be reached. These are also required in order for a child to leave the building on a field trip.