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In the North Syracuse Early Education Program, we have two nurses, Gayle and Linda, who work with students and staff on a daily basis.  Some of the responsibilities of the school nurse are: to provide first aid for injuries, assess illnesses, administer medication, manage chronic conditions(i.e. asthma) and monitor/review health records. School nurses also provide families and staff with information pertaining to specfic illnesses (i.e. chicken pox) that may be present in a particiular classroom.  If your child is ill please call the Health Office (315-218-2203) to report their absences. The following guidelines are used the school nurses to determine the course of action to take with an illness:

When should you keep sick kids home from school?
 
Deciding whether a sick child should miss valuable class time can be a strug­gle for any parent, especially when the symptoms seem borderline. As a parent I can truly appreciate this dilemma. Keeping a sick child home means missing work and can possibly mean a costly trip to the doctor for which you may be told there is nothing that can be done. It can be very frustrating. My hope is to share some helpful guidelines to assist you, the parent, in making this decision.
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for when a sick child should stay home from school for rest, monitoring and a possi­ble phone call to the doctor:
 
1)  Persistent fever greater than 100.4 orally, including a fever that re­quires   control with medication, like Tylenol.
2) Diarrhea, vomiting, or fever within the past 24 hours
3) Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and or diarrhea, to profit from attending class all day.
4) Significant cough or nasal drainage that makes a child feel uncom­fortable or disrupts the class.
5) A sore throat that is accompanied by feeling ill, fever or swollen glands or has persisted for longer than 48 hours.
6) An unexplained significant rash.
7) Honey crusted sores around the mouth and nose. 8) Red, runny, or crusty eyes.
 
Keeping a child home from school when they are not well enough to par­ticipate in class or may be contagious to others goes a long way in keeping every one healthy and safe at school. Whenever you are unsure about whether your child should stay home he school nurse's office can be an ex­cellent resource for you. As part of your child's healthcare team, we do our best to work with you, your child's doctor, and the classroom staff to help keep your child in school as often as possible.
 
Please keep in mind that there will be times when it is necessary for us to send your child home from school due to illness and therefore it is important to keep cur­rent numbers on file with the health office. You must have a designated person who will be available to pick your child up from school.
 
Equally important to your child's health is letting either the school nurse or the class­room staff know when your child is being treated for a illness, starting a new medication, or has been to the emergency room for medical treatment. Make a habit of asking your doctor for a release allowing your child to return to school following emergency room visits, office visits for contagious illnesses and surgery so we can be sure that they can fully participate without any restrictions or limitations.
 
Finally, please know that I appreciate how hard it is to tell your kids that they need to stay home from school when they really want to go. However, this is a decision that parents must make based on the symptoms they are seeing. Please don't hesitate to call our health office at 218-2203. We are here to support you in making these deci­sions and can offer guidance when needed.
 
  Gayle Vinette, RN                                                             Linda Ryan, LPN