Toni Bleick, RN
SHOULD MY CHILD STAY HOME?
•FEVER: Students should remain home if they have an oral temperature of 100 or higher (before taking medication such as Tylenol or Advil)
•CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS: Student's should remain home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics or otherwise as directed by their physician.
•DIARRHEA: Students experiencing 2 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period should remain at home.
•LICE: A student infected may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice. Examination by the nurse is required before re-entering school.
•VOMITING: A student who has vomited 2 or more times in a 24 hour period should be kept at home
(link above is the form a doctor's office fills out so your child may take a prescription at school)
Azle Elementary's school policies on illness are in accordance with the communicable disease division of the Texas Department of Health.
Strep Throat: Incubation period: 1-3 days, need to exclude from school. May return to school after 24 hours from time antibiotic treatment was begun and fever free without the aid of medication.
Chicken Pox: Incubation period: 10-21 days. Need to exclude from school for 7 to 10 days. Student may return to school when all lesions are crusted over.
Gastro-Intestinal virus: Incubation period: variable, usually 2-7 days, need to exclude from school. Student may return to school 24 hours after last episode of vomiting and or diarrhea and fever free without the aid of medication for 24 hours.
Influenza: Incubation period: 1-3 days. Early signs of this illness are rapid onset of fever, headache, sore throat, chills, lack of energy, and muscle aches. Need to exclude from school. May return to school when fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
Pink Eye: Highly contagious, good hand washing a must. Eye appears red, child complains of blurred vision and pain. The eyelashes are stuck together upon awakening by a discharge from the eye. Antibiotic eye drops are to be used for 10 days.
Medication Policy: Over the counter medication: (i.e. Tylenol, cough mixtures, decongestants, allergy medication, and topical creams) can be administered for three days with a note signed by the parents, dated, containing the name of the medication, the dosage, and the time to be administered. The medication must be in the original package. Individual medications will not be accepted. If the medication is required for longer than three days, then a note signed by the physician must be presented. (form available at top of this page)
Vision, Hearing, A.N., and Spinal Screens: Screens will be done on all fifth graders.
Lice: Head lice are a problem all schools must address. The close proximity of children to each other, the sharing of apparel (hats in particular); promote the spread of head lice. Along with our efforts in controlling head lice in the school, we ask you to check your child's hair on a regular basis and report to the nurse any case of head lice.