February 5, 2018
As you all know, we have been experiencing a variety of viral illnesses throughout the Elementary. The stomach bug seems to be settling down but we still have several illnesses going around including Strep, flu and a viral illness that causes fever along with a general fatigue. The only way to control the spread of these illnesses is to keep your child home until they are no longer contagious. Please review the student handbook which is available online. Here is part of the section in the handbook on student illnesses:
It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of schoool until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are diarrhea free without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours.
At our elementary we also require that students that have been vomiting do not return to school until 24 hours after their last episode of vomiting. No anti-vomiting medication must have been given for at least eight hours prior to return to school.
We need the help of all parents in stopping the spread of these illnesses. Please keep your child at home until they are symptom free for a full 24 hours. That is the only way we will finally stop the spread of these viruses.
DO NOT SEND MEDICATIONS TO SCHOOL FOR THE NURSE TO ADMINISTER
*until you have read the rules regarding administration of medications at school. The State of Texas has specific laws that cover administration of medication at school and we must comply. We cannot give any medication without the proper form signed by the parent. We cannot give any over the counter medications that are not approved by our Medical Director. There is a list of the approved medications on all registration cards.
ALL MEDICATIONS SHOULD BE GIVEN AT HOME UNLESS THEY ARE ORDERED MORE THAN THREE TIMES A DAY. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS IF THE PHYSICIAN HAS ORDERED IT TO BE GIVEN AT A SPECIFIC TIME DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.
Please do not ask the office personnel of any campus to accept medications that do not meet this criteria. Each campus has the forms available for parents to sign when a medication is required to be given at school.