I am looking forward to a wonderful and healthy school year! In an effort to keep all students at school healthy, please remember to keep your child home if they are sick. The following are guidelines to help you know when to keep your child home:
- Fever: A child with a temperature of 100.0 or more should not be sent to school. Do not send him/her back to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the help of medicine.
- Common Cold: Children with heavy cold symtoms and hacking coughs should remain at home.
- Sore Throat: Children with a sore throat without other symptoms may attend school. A sore throat with white spots present, or with a fever should stay at home. Contact your child's doctor for evaluation.
- Rashes: If your child has a rash that you can't identify, check with your doctor to ensure that it is not contagious before sending him/her to school.
- Vomiting and Diarrhea: Keep child home for 24 hours after vomiting and diarrhea have stopped. Consult your doctor for persistent or severe stomach aches.
- Toothache: have your child seen by a dentist as soon as possible.
- Earache: contact your child's doctor as soon as possible
- Headache: Unless severe, child usually can come to school.
- Pediculosis (lice): The presence of lice infestations is usually easily recognized. Intense itching of the scalp is usually the main complaint. Examine the child's hair about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the scalp. Nits (eggs), if present, will be firmly attached at this location, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. Lice are tiny grey insect like parasites. They walk on the scalp. Children may return to school after treatment with a lice shampoo and combing out with a lice comb for nits. No live lice may be present per district policy. Students should be brought to the School Nurses Office for a head check prior to classroom re-entry.
- Medications: all medications given at school must be given by the school nurse by State Law. If your child has the diagnosis of asthma, diabetes, seizure, food allergies, or life threatening allergy we MUST have the appropriate forms and medication on file in the Nurses Office.
Please encourage your child not to share water bottles, chapstick, food, or other items that go in or near the mough with other students at school. Common illnesses that are spread by sharing include: strepthroat, colds, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Immunizations for school entry are required by NM state law (NMSA 1978, 24-5-2) If you receive a Health Record Update from the Nurse, please submit documentation that the immunizations were given OR make an appointment without delay to have the immunizations given. Submit documentation directly to the Nurses Office. Please visit the following link for a list of required immunization: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=2ahUKEwjjmcXw8qXkAhUCXKwKHel9DJ4QFjABegQIAxAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fnmhealth.org%2Fpublication%2Fview%2Fregulation%2F455%2F&usg=AOvVaw1dr8rNEcfDvI46vIMcFrid
Smiles for New Mexico Kids will be at our school October 2nd and 3rd. Forms will go home as soon as possible.
Chariti Sanchez MSN-Ed, RN
Lori Ortiz MA