WHEN DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S EXCUSE?
A doctor’s excuse is required, regardless of the number of days of absence, for the following communicable diseases: measles, mumps, whooping cough, respiratory streptococcal infections, scarlet fever, impetigo, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), ringworm of the scalp, scabies, meningitis, and infectious mononucleosis.
A doctor’s excuse should also be presented to the school in case of injuries such as a broken arm or surgery such as an appendectomy or myringotomy tubes (ears). This information is helpful to school personnel in case there are any restrictions in activities, complications to watch for, or to update your child’s health record.
A note from the parent/guardian is sufficient for all other illnesses. Any student who is absent from school for 3 or more consecutive days and does not have a doctor’s excuse must report to the nurse before being readmitted to class.
School regulations require that a pupil with chicken pox or head lice be excluded from school. Students may return to school when they are fever-free and the chicken pox vesicles are dry and have received treatment for lice. A parent/guardian’s note is required upon return and your child must report to the nurse to be cleared before being readmitted to class.
Feel free to call the school nurse with any questions.
WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL?
Sometimes parents send their children to school to have them evaluated by the school nurse before they take them to the doctor for an illness or injury. Please do not send your child to school with a known illness or injury and request that the school nurse examine him/her and prescribe treatment. Only a licensed physician can legally do this function. Parents should keep the child home from school and have him/her evaluated by the doctor.
In order to prevent the spread of germs, please keep your child home from school if s/he shows any of the following symptoms: unusual skin eruptions, diarrhea, vomiting, fever over 100 degrees, persistent cough or headache, chills, swollen glands, discharge or redness of eyes, or sore throat. Please check your child for signs of illness before sending him/her to school. A child who is ill will not be able to learn, may infect other children and will not be happy. Your child must be fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for 24 hours before returning to school.
Rev. 1/2013 Wilson School District
Protect your health and prevent the spread of germs.
The flu virus is spread from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches things that others use. Do these simple, effective things to help protect yourself and others:
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. It is best not to use your hand. Cough into your sleeve or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
Wash your hands. The best way to protect yourself from viruses is to wash your hands often. Soap and water are best, but when they are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel or disposable wipes.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. The flu virus is often spread when a person touches something that has the virus on it and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
Stay home when you’re sick or have flu symptoms. Drink extra water, get plenty of rest and check with a health care provider as needed.