The main reasons for keeping your child home are:
* He might spread a contagious disease to other children and staff.A child needs to stay home and/or will be sent home if he has:
* He is too sick to be comfortable at school.
*Vomited more than once
*A frequent cough
*Persistent pain (ear, stomach, chest, etc)
*A wide spread rash
A note from your health care provider may be required in some circumstances before your child can return to school.
Whenever there is a doubt about sending your child to school, please consult your physician before doing so. You also may call the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 24-hour nurse advice line at 404-250-KIDS for advice when your child’s doctor’s office is not opened.
Please remember we will not allow a very ill or injured child to drive or walk home so please make sure all phone numbers and emergency contacts are updated so we can reach you during the day. We ask that you also notify the clinic with any changes in your child’s health and we will up date his/her file.MORE INFORMATION:
On the other hand, children who don’t have a fever and only have a mild cough, runny nose or other cold symptoms can be sent to school with out any harm to themselves or others. The following guidelines may help in your decision process:
A runny nose is the way many children respond to pollen, dust or a cold virus. Minor cold or allergy symptoms should not be a reason to miss school.
Coughing, especially if it is persistent during the day, can indicate a worsening of cold or allergy symptoms. It may be a sign of a secondary infection (sinusitis, pneumonia), which may require medical treatment. It may also indicate mild asthma. If your child’s cough is worse that you might expect with a common cold, you need to consult your child’s doctor. You should do so immediately if the child is not acting normally, has a fever or has any difficulty breathing.
Diarrhea and vomiting make children very uncomfortable. A single episode of vomiting, without any other symptoms may not be reason enough for the child to miss school, but be sure you can be reached if the symptoms occur again during the day. A single episode of diarrhea probably warrants not going to school. It could be very embarrassing and uncomfortable for your child to have another episode while in school. If either are frequent or are accompanied by fever, rash or general weakness, consult your child’s doctor and keep the child out of school until the illness passes.
Fever (generally higher than 100.4 F) is an important symptom-especially when it occurs along with a sore throat, nausea or a rash. Your child could have a contagious illness, which could be passed to classmates and teachers. While a fever can be treated and usually makes the child feel better temporarily, the cause of the fever (and the risk of passing it other) is still there. Children with fever should stay home until there is no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication (Tylenol or Advil).
Strep throat and scarlet fever are two highly contagious bacterial infections. They usually have a sudden complaint of sore throat, fever and often stomachache and headache. With scarlet fever, a rash usually appears within 12-48 hours. A child with these symptoms should see his doctor for diagnosis and treatment and should remain out of school until his is fever free and on antibiotics for 24 hours.
Pinkeye or Conjunctivitis can be caused by a virus, bacterium or allergy. The first two are very contagious. The eye will be reddened, and a cloudy or yellow discharge is usually present. The eye may be sensitive to light. Consult with your child’s doctor to see if antibiotic eye drops are needed. Again, your child should say home until symptoms subside and he has been on antibiotic eye drops at least 24 hours or until the doctor recommends your child return to school.
(This is information obtained from CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE OF ATLANTA www.choa.org and is general healthcare information and should not be used as a substitute or in place of contacting your healthcare provider)MEDICATIONS:
It is best for students to take medication before or after school; however if it is necessary to take a medication during school hours the following policies apply to Roswell High School students:
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
• Fulton County Board of Education and state laws prohibit RHS from providing any medication. This includes emergency medications: (Benadryl, Epipens, and asthma rescue inhalers) so please make sure your child has any needed medications should an emergency occur. Your child IS ALLOWED AND ENCOURAGED to carry his asthma inhaler, Epipen and/ or Benadryl Daily. They do NOT need to have a form completed unless an “extra or backup” is kept in the clinic. Please make sure your child’s name is on all medication in the event it becomes lost or misplaced so we can return it.
• Your child may carry over-the-counter medications and does not need to complete a medication form. Medications MUST be in the original containers and under NO circumstances be shared. This privilege can be revoked at any time if a student is not complying with the medication policy. The clinic does not supply any over-the-counter medications and can not dispense any unless they are supplied by the parent. If you need or choose the clinic to administer, supervise, or store any medications, we will be glad to do so but an authorization form will need to be completed.
• THE CLINIC DOES HAS A NEBULIZER FOR ASTHMATICS however we need you to provide the mask and tubing with the medication along with orders from your physician.
• All other prescription medications should be kept in the clinic and will not be administered unless a medication form is completed with the health care provider’s signature. They also need to be in the original containers.
• All controlled medications are to be stored in the clinic.
• Although we want your student to return to school as soon as possible after an illness, diagnosis, or medication change, it is for the safety of your child that we ask that you observe him for any unsuspected reactions to the first dosage of a new medication and report it to the prescribing health care provider.
1. What happens if my child becomes sick or injured at school?
Unless it is an emergency, your child will need a pass to the clinic from the class he is missing. His complaints will then be addressed and it will be determined if he needs to go home. If there is no fever or obvious illness he may choose to lie down for 15 minutes, but if he is not able to return to class he will need to go home. Please make sure we have any alternate contacts and a back up plan in the event we can not reach you or you are unable to pick up your child. Remember we will not allow any seriously ill or injured student to drive, walk or ride the bus home.
2. Does the school provide medications?
No. Fulton County Board of Education prohibits RHS from providing any medication. This includes emergency medication; (Benadryl, Epipens, and asthma rescue inhalers) so please make sure your child has any needed medications should an emergency occur. Your child is allowed and encouraged to carry his asthma inhaler, Epipen and/or Benadryl daily. They do not need a form completed unless an “extra or backup” is kept in the clinic. Please make sure you child’s name is on all medication in the event it becomes lost or misplaced so we can return it.
We will be glad to administer medications but an “Authorization to Administer Medication” will need to be completed and parents must provide all medications.
3. May the parent or guardian bring and give medications to their children?
Yes, a parent may come to school and give their children medications. Appropriate visitor sign-in procedures should be followed.
4. My child takes prescription medication, how is this managed?
It’s best for students to take medication before or after school; however if it is necessary to take a medication during school hours (with the exception of emergency medications), all other prescription medications should be kept in the clinic and will not be administered unless a form is completed. They too need to be in the original container.
5.Where can an “Authorization to give Medication” be located?
Authorization forms are found in the school clinic or online. You may down load a form at www.fultonschools.org/dept/healthservices under forms.
6. Why do medications have to be in the original container?
The original container provides information from the manufacturer about over-the-counter medications, including the name of the medication, the proper dose, how and often medication should be given, possible side effects and an expiration date.
The original prescription container includes the name of the medication, the patient’s name, the licensed health care provider, the proper dose and how and when it should be given and the pharmacy where it was provided. All of this is necessary to administer medication in a safe manner.
Medications in baggies will not be accepted.
7. What if my child’s medication or dosage changes?
Parents/guardians must inform the clinic of any medication changes. New medication or different doses will not be given unless a new medication form is completed. The information on the prescription bottle label must match the new consent form.
8. Why should my child take the first dose of new medication at home?
We want your student back to school as soon as possible after an illness, diagnosis or medication change. It is for the safety of your student that you observe him/her for any unsuspected reactions to a new medication and report it to the prescribing licensed health care provider.
9. May my child carry over-the-counter medications?
Yes, RHS students may carry over-the-counter medication and do not need to complete an authorization form. The medication must be in the original container and under NO circumstances be shared. This privilege can be revoked at any time if a student is not complying with the medication policy. If you prefer your child can keep his medication in the clinic with the authorization form completed.
10. Can my child carry his Epipen, insulin and/or asthma inhaler at school?
Yes, and we strongly encourage students to do so. Again RHS does not provide any emergency medications and we rely on the parents to provide medications for their children. Ideally we would like to have a “back up or extra” supply of these emergency medications in the clinic and only then would a form need to be completed.
11. My child has asthma. Can he get a nebulizer treatment at school?
Yes, RHS does have a nebulizer and your child can receive a breathing treatment. The parent needs to provide a mask with tubing, the medication and doctor’s orders on a Fulton County medication form.
12. My child has diabetes. How is it managed at school?
We, with a diabetic care plan, will manage your child’s diabetes in an individual manner which in compliance with his physician and the needs of your child. We ask that we keep extra supplies in the clinic. Please contact the clinic and we will need a care plan updated yearly.
13. My child has a chronic condition. How will it be managed at school?
With other illness we will manage your child’s condition with guidance of his physician with an individual care plan. Contact the clinic or his guidance counselor and we will plan accordingly.
14. My child has been sick. When can he return to school?
Students need to be symptom and fever free for 24 hours without any fever reducing medication (Advil or Tylenol) before returning to school. Under some circumstances a note may be necessary from your health care provider for your child to return to school.
Student Health Services: www.fultonschools.org/dept/healthservices
Center of Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
Children’s Health Care of Atlanta: www.choa.org
H1N1 information: www.health.state.ga.us/h1n1flu (888) 416-1463