St. Catharine School
If your student is sick in the morning, please do not send him/her to school. Do not send a student to school with a temperature above 100 degrees or if you have been told that they have a contagious illness. If your student is taking an antibiotic of any kind, they must be on the medication for 24 hours. before returning to school.
Notify the school office of a student’s absence each day. 481-7683. When calling in an absence, please describe the type of illness your student has. This enables the school nurse to detect trends of illnesses in the building.
If your student is experiencing seasonal allergies or a cold, remember you can provide them with comfort to help them get through their day. You could give them allergy med., cold med., or a pain reliever before they leave for school. Your student will be working hard at school and needs to feel their best.
It is possible for you to have medication available here at school for your student. A medication authorization needs to be signed by you and filled out and signed by your student’s physician. See the separate sheet on Medication.
Students who become ill at school or have a temp of 100 degrees or higher must go home. You or someone indicated on your emergency card will be notified to pick up your student. If there is no fever and the student is reluctant to return to class activities, you will be notified. If your student is identified as having a possible communicable disease (such as impetigo, conjunctivitis or ‘pink-eye’, lice), you will need to pick them up from school immediately. Do not return the student to school until treatment has occurred or there is documentation, from a physician, that the student is not longer infectious.
First aid will be offered here at school. A licensed school nurse is not in the building full time.
Anything exceeding basic first aid will be referred to you and/or the emergency squad for treatment.
All students in Ohio are required to have up-to-date immunizations documented and on file.
Please bring to school, from your physician’s office, a list of dates of all the immunizations your student has received since birth. The month, day, and year must be included for each immunization. An immunization record from home without medical personnel signatures is not valid.
Students who do not meet the Ohio Department of Health immunization requirements for Kindergarten by the 15th day of school will be excluded (dismissed) from school. These students will be allowed to return to school once they have received the proper immunization(s) and have proof of it.
Some students have special health needs that require accommodations in school or a plan in the event of an emergency. Conditions such as asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes, bleeding disorders, severe allergies, ADD, ADHD, etc., require a plan. If your student has a known health condition, or a special need, please talk to the school nurse about making sure a plan is in place. Please make the school nurse aware of your student’s individual needs or concerns.
Getting Your Student Ready to Learn Each Day
Health is an important factor in being able to learn. Please be sure that your student is well rested and nourished before coming to school each day. Students should have 8-10 hours of good sleep each night. They should have a very regular routine before bed and a routine time to go to bed each night. Breakfast should consist of more than a sugary treat. Include a meat, egg, or a hearty bread (bagel, muffin). This will increase their ability to concentrate and cooperate. Students need to have adequate food and beverages during the day, so please help them plan for this on a daily basis. Check with your student’s teacher to see if your student is allowed to have a bottle of water at his/her desk during hot weather, etc. Personal hygiene is important for health and self-esteem. Please work with us to encourage students to be responsible and accountable for being clean, well groomed and dressed appropriately.
School Nurse - 481-7683
Medications at School
If your child needs medication while here at school, we are able to assist you with this.
Medication is not supplied by the school office. You must supply it for your student.
All medication you bring in needs to be in the correct prescription container or original over the counter container or it cannot be accepted for use here at school. It also must be marked with the correct student’s name on it.
All medications need to be brought to the office by an adult with a Medication Authorization Permit filled out and signed by the student’s physician and parent. These permits are available at school.
The School Nurse or appointed Office Personnel administer medications. Please do not allow your child to carry medication with them here at school. This is for all of the students’ safety.
If you have questions feel free to call school. 481-7683
Guidelines for Keeping Children Home from School
It is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others, and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illness while his/her resistance is lowered. The following guidelines represent the more common childhood illnesses.
A written note from a parent or physician regarding the student’s illness/absence must be sent to school. Notes are kept in the student’s file. This is a State Code.
A skin rash consisting of small blisters which leaves scabs. A slight fever may or may not be present. There may be blisters and scabs all present at the same time. Your child should remain home until all blisters have scabbed over, usually 5-7 days after the appearance of the first crop of blisters.
Irritated throat, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, chilliness and general body discomfort. Your child should remain home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn. Medical care should be obtained if symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, fever develops, or nasal discharge becomes yellow or green.
Ear Infection ( Otitis Media)
Ear ache to ear pain with discharge is possible. Cold symptoms are usually present. Fever is also usually present. Ear infections can follow a cold or strep throat. Medial care should be sought for treatment. If antibiotics prescribed, take as directed. Child can return to school after fever free for 24 hours and having taken antibiotic for 24 hours.
If your child’s temperature is 100° or greater he/she should remain home until he/she has been without fever for a full 24 hours, without the use of fever reducers ex. Tylenol. Remember fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness.
Abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache and sore muscles. Runny nose, sore throat, and cough are common. Your child should remain home from school until major symptoms are gone and the child is without fever for 24 hours.
Lice are small grayish-tan, wingless insects that lay eggs called nits. Nits are firmly attached to the hair shafts, close to the scalp. Nits are much easier to see and detect than lice. They are small white specks which are usually found at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Following lice infestations, your child may return to school after receiving treatment with a pediculicide shampoo, nits have been removed, and your school nurse has been contacted.
Blister-like lesions with honey colored fluid, which later develop into crusted sores. Your child should remain home from school until receiving 48 hours of antibiotic therapy and sores are no longer draining.
If your child complains, or behavior indicates, that he/she is experiencing persistent pain, he/she should be evaluated by a physician before your child is sent to school.
Redness and swelling of the membranes of the eye with burning or itching, matter coming from one of both eyes, or crusts on the eyelids. Your child should remain home from school until receiving 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and discharge from the eyes has stopped. Spread of infection can be minimized by keeping the hands away from the face, using good hand washing practices, using individual washcloths and towels, and NOT touching any part of the eyes with the tip of the medication applicator while administrating the antibiotic ointment.
Skin rashes of unknown origin should be evaluated by a physician before your child is sent to school.
Strep throat may begin with fever, sore and red throat, pus spots on the back of the throat, tender swollen glands of the neck. High fever, nausea and vomiting may also occur. Your child should remain home from school until receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and until without fever or vomiting for 24 hours. Most physicians will advise rest at home 1-2 days after a strep infection. Antibiotics ordered for strep infections are to be taken for 10 days or until all medication is gone. Only when these directions are followed correctly is the strep germ completely eliminated from the body, no matter how well the child feels after the first few days of receiving medication.
Vomiting and Diarrhea (Intestinal Viral Infections)
Stomachache, cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, possible fever, headache, and body aches. Your child should remain at home until there is no vomiting, diarrhea or fever for a full 24 hours. If your child has had any of these symptoms during the night, he/she should not be sent to school the following day.
CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT