School Nurse

***Students should come to the office if they are ill. They should not be directly texting or calling parents to be picked up. If this happens, please call the office to confirm with the nurse that your student needs to go home. If they can stay at school, we want them here!***


(We do reach out to parents by text and email at times and will be happy to do so if that is the best method for you.)

-If your child is ill/injured and needs to go home, he/she will stay in the nurses’ office until pick up. The child needs to be picked up in a reasonable amount of time (30 minutes).

-Immunization records need to be up to date. The nursing staff will reach out to you if they are missing information and this needs to be updated as soon as possible.

Guidelines for Illness at School

It is often difficult for a parent to determine when a child is well enough to go to school. Here are some guidelines to help:

FEVER: A child should be kept home for any fever of 100.0 or greater with or without any other symptoms. A child that has a temperature of 99.6 and symptoms of headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, cough, sneezing or other symptoms should also be kept home.

-A child needs to remain home until the temperature has been normal for over 24 hours without fever-reducing medication (tylenol and ibuprofen). If a student has been sent home from school by the nursing staff for fever, they may not return back to school before a full 24 hours, even if fever reduces without medications. 

VOMITING– A child should not come to school until vomiting has stopped for 24 hours. If you child was sent home by the nursing staff, he/she may not return for a full 24 hours after vomiting. Stomach viruses are very contagious and can quickly spread to an entire class or grade, so this must be taken seriously. 

DIARRHEA– A child should not be at school until diarrhea has been absent for 24 hours without using antidiarrheal medications. 

COUGHING/SNEEZING– If your child is coughing or sneezing excessively, he/she should stay home. If he/she begins sneezing or coughing excessively at school, it is likely that he/she will be sent home. The nursing staff have cough medication and cough drops that may be used to help control cough, but if continues, student will likely need to go home. 

RUNNY NOSE– Green or yellow discharge from nose could be a sign of infection. If paired with a fever (even low grade) he/she likely needs to be evaluated by a doctor. 

PINK EYE– Students with red, itchy, draining eyes should be kept home. The majority of the time it is pink eye (conjunctivitis) which is very contagious and only treated with antibiotics. Students need to have 24 hours of eye drops given prior to return to school. Pink eye is very contagious so any student that appears to have this will be sent home. 

SORE THROAT- If a student complains of sore throat and any other symptom, especially red swollen tonsils, the student should be evaluated for strep throat. If the nursing staff is concerned for strep throat, we will reach out to you as the student may need to be evaluated by a doctor. If a student is positive for strep throat, he/she needs to take antibiotics for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school, unless has a fever. 

COVID– If a student tests positive for covid, please refer to Crawford County Health Department guidelines for positive cases:

-If positive, stay home for 5 days and then may return to school if symptom free on day 6.

-If exposure or in-home positive case, monitor for symptoms. If having any symptoms, stay home. Testing is encouraged, but not required on days 0, 3, 6. No test to stay at school is required if no symptoms. The nursing staff has covid testing supplies available. Please call the office and we will come to your vehicle to perform testing if desired. 

LICE– Any student with live head lice will be sent home immediately. He/she may return after having treatment completed and having hair thoroughly combed to remove any nits. Student must be rechecked by nursing staff prior to returning and parents need to notify nurses which treatment was used on hair.

Medications at School

No medication, including over the counter medications should be carried by a student. The one exception to this is JH/HS students that use inhalers. If your student has an inhaler, please contact nurses so we are aware in case of emergency. The nurses’ office has many over the counter medications that with parent permission can be given to students. All medications that need to be given at school need to be brought to the nurses’ office in the original prescription bottle by a parent. A form will be signed to give permission for medication administration. 

We know many other questions and concerns can arise during the year so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time with any need. We look forward to serving our students this year and watching them learn and grow! 


Thank you,

Eileen McFarland, RN and Jenny Jameson, RN

USD 249 District Nurses