Nurse’s tips

When to keep sick child at home:

Winter weather and children’s illness can take a toll on school attendance.  And while everybody, here at PS/IS 30 wants our students to achieve the perfect attendance, there’s NOT much we can do about the fact that children do get sick and when they are sick they should stay at home.

Often times this is a tough decision for parents to make when children should be kept at home from school. If your children appeared to be sick in the morning and you are not sure what to do you can always contact your pediatrician or me, nurse Khoury to see whether they are too sick for school.

In addition, Office of School Health policy and guidelines states that you should NOT send your child to school if he/she has:

  • Fever over 100.1 F and/or chills
  • Vomiting in the past 24 hours with abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours or if stool is bloody or associated with stomach pain
  • Sore throat and red swollen tonsils
  • Strep Throat (child must have been taking antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school with a doctor’s note)
  • Rash with fever
  • Bad cold with cough especially if the cough is severe, uncontrolled and it has kept the child awake at night, wheezing or difficulties breathing
  • “Pink eye”= conjunctivitis especially when child woke up with a very red, itchy eyes, swollen eyelids and crusting on his eyes
  • Head lice – (child can return to school with nits BUT no live lice, child’s heir will be checked by school nurse or designee and if there are live head lice she/he will be sent home)

If your child becomes ill at school and the school nurse determines that he/she is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be contacted to come to school to take your child home or to the doctor’s office. It is imperative that the school or your child’s teacher have your most current telephone numbers and an emergency person who we can contact in case you cannot be reached.

Please be assured that at PS/IS 30 our priority is to keep your children safe and healthy.

Contact the school nurse at 718-491-8475 if you have any questions.

Anna Khoury, RN


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