Accident and Illness

ACCIDENT/ILLNESS AND MEDICATION

Injuries and Illness at School

If a child is ill or injured at school, he/she will be given emergency first aid treatment, and parents will be called if needed. If parents cannot be reached at home, the emergency contact person listed on the registration form will be called. If no one is available to come for the student, we will use our best judgment on whether to call 911 or to keep the child in the nurse’s office. Every year, there are several instances where sick or injured students are suffering needlessly because the staff cannot contact parents. Please remember to update your emergency phone numbers.

If your child shows the following symptoms, it will be necessary to pick him /her up at school:

APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable

EYES – White or yellow drainage, vision change, and/or redness of the eyelid or skin around the eye, itchiness, pain or sensitivity to light. This may be a sign of “pink eye” (conjunctivitis) and need medical evaluation. However, students can be in school if there is only minimal redness to the white of the eye and no other signs.

FEVER – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Student needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

EAR PAIN WITH FEVER – Untreated ear infections may cause permanent hearing loss so consult with the student’s health care provider.

PERSISTENT NASAL DRAINAGE AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH – may need to be seen by a health care provider.

SORE THROAT – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck – A student with a confirmed diagnosis of strep throat may return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.

DIARRHEA – 3 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period.

VOMITING – vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.

RASH – body rash, especially with fever or itching. Exceptions are rashes due to heat, diapers, and allergic reactions which are not spread to others.

SCABIES – Students with scabies may return to school 24 hours of beginning of treatment.

CHICKENPOX- Students are infectious 1 – 2 days before the rash appears and until the blisters (sores) are dry and crusted. This is usually 5-6 days after the rash appears. Students need to stay home until all lesions have crusted over and there are no new lesions in 24 hours.

Short and Long Term Medication Requirements

School District policy requires that school personnel have written authorization from the parent or legal guardian as well as from your physician regarding the amount and frequency of medication to be taken at school. There is a form available for this in the school office. For the school office to distribute any medication to a child, the physician must complete this form at the time the medication is prescribed. It is important to keep this information updated.

Immunization

The school immunization law requires that all students attending kindergarten through sixth grade must be immunized per WAC 246-105-030. Exemptions are allowed if a Certificate of Exemption is completed for medical, religious, philosophical or personal reasons. However, students may be excluded from school if an outbreak of a disease occurs that they have not been fully immunized against. If you have any questions, contact the school nurse. Certificate of Immunization Status Forms are available in the school office. If you have any questions, contact the school. Certificate of Immunization Status Forms are available in the school office.

Insurance

School insurance is offered to our students. This is a voluntary program offered for your convenience. Applications are included in the first day packets and are available in the school office.

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