Tips for Parents from the School Nurse:
Many parents ask, "When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?"
This is not always an easy question to answer! I hope that these tips can help!
A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread
the illness to other children and staff. We suggest making a plan for child care
ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child
to stay if he/she is ill.
Our School Policy states that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:
- Fever in the past 24 hours
- Vomiting in the past 24 hours
- A sore throat
- Strep Throat [your child must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school]
- A bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
- Head Lice [until your child has been treated according to the nurse or doctor’s instructions]
If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feels the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school.
It is essential that you contact Leeway School if there has been a change in the Emergency Information Form you filled out when your child started school. We must, at all times, have a correct phone number where you can be contacted and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached.
Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that child care is available in case of illness.
Regina Leddy, R.N.