Welcome to the Aspen Elementary School Nurse web site. I look forward to working with you as we strive to help our school stay healthy and safe. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Some general information follows.
We have students with severe food allergies, including nuts, dairy, gluten quinoa, among others. It is important that these children not be exposed to this food in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction requiring emergency medical treatment.
Due to severe allergies anyone entering classrooms with this situation will need to use hand wipes we will provide before they enter the rooms.
Sick Day Guidelines
Keep Sick Children Out of School – To report an absence or illness, please call the 24 hour Nurse voicemail at 847-990-4314 before 9:00 am to leave a message or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Children who appear ill should not be sent to school. In order for your child to be available for learning and to maintain a healthy environment, it is very important for you to keep your child at home if he or she:
• Has an oral temperature of 100 degrees or more. He or she should not return to school until fever-free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medications, since many children experience a recurrence of fever.
• Has become sick with flu-like symptoms, or experiences fast or troubled breathing.
• Is not drinking enough fluids.
• Is not waking up or interacting.
• Shows severe irritability.
• Experiences a return of flu symptoms with a fever and worsening cough.
- Has a fever with a rash.
- Has a persistent cough.
• Has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, conjunctivitis or impetigo. He or she should be on an antibiotic medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
• Has vomited more than once or has had persistent diarrhea during the night or into the morning. He or she should be without these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
• Has chicken pox, he or she must be excluded from school until all lesions are crusted over.
• Has head lice. See the Lice Policy that follows.
• Has a rash of unknown origin.
- The school nurse may require a note from the doctor stating that your child is not contagious and/or is clear to attend school.
Hawthorn follows a “No Live Lice” procedure. We recommend that parents/guardians treat children who are found with head lice using a pediculicide shampoo and that procedures are followed at home to ensure that lice do not remain on furniture, pillows, etc. The school nurse will help check students before returning to class. Students may return to class if no live lice are found, however, we recommend that parents/guardians continue to treat their child until no nits can be found, as well.
Reporting and Absense
When your child is absent due to an illness, you must notify the school secretaries or the nurse’s office with specific symptoms. Students must be fever free without fever reducing medication before returning to school. A temperature of 100 degrees or greater is considered a fever. If your child will be absent because of a vacation or other known event, please write a note or send an email to the nurse or office.
Kindergarten: A physical examination with up to date immunizations, a vision exam, and a dental exam are required for entrance into kindergarten.
Second Grade: A dental examination is required for second grade.
Fifth Grade: A series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccines are required.
Due to the life threatening nature of nut allergies, no foods with nuts, nut products, or nut warnings are allowed in the classroom. No home baked or baked items from a store or bakery are permitted in the classroom due to the risk of cross contamination of foods baked with nuts. Foods with nuts or nut products are allowed in the cafeteria for lunch because a nut free table is provided for children with nut allergies.
Medications at School
All medications, including over the counter medications like Tylenol or Advil, require a doctor’s order and a parent signature. The Medication Administration form can be downloaded from this site. Medication must be kept in the original container and be clearly labeled.
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