MNW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NURSE
THE SICK CHILD

As important as it is for students to be at school, it is equally important to take measures to maintain good health. We ask you keep your child home if they experiencing any of the following:

  • Vomiting: If your child has had two or more vomiting episodes withing 24 hours, your child should be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea: If your child has frequent loose watery stools, different from their normal, your child should be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Fever of 100 degrees or over(children may return to school after 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.)
  • Coughs almost constantly or complains of difficulty breathing.
  • Has constant runny nose with green or yellow discharge.
  • Has sores on mouth or skin that are crusty, yellow or draining.
  • Rash that is oozing or has fluid-filled blisters present
  • If your child has a communicable illness such as strep throat, must be on antibiotics for 24 hrs.
  • Pink eye: Child must have been on medication for 24 hrs before returning to school.
  • Fifth Disease: Child is no longer contagious once the rash appears.
  • Ringworm: May return to school after 24 hrs of treatment. Keep affected area covered for 48 hrs.
  • Hand Foot and Mouth. Child may be in school, unless has mouth sore and is drooling.
To minimize the spread of illness among students, please report communicable diseases such as influenza, measles, whooping cough, hepatitis A, tuberculosis, chicken pox, etc. to the school.

The school nurse will contact you if your child becomes ill or seriously injured at school. If a parent cannot be reached, other individuals listed as emergency contacts will be contacted. For the child's safety, students will be released only to adults whose names appear on the emergency form.

To help minimize the spread of illness at school:
  • Teach your child about good hand washing and cough hygiene practices
  • Let the school nurse know if your child has any medical conditions
  • Plan ahead for how your child will be cared for if they need to remain home from school due to illness.


Winter has arrived. With the cooler temperatures please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for school. They need to have hats, gloves, snow pants, coats and boots.



Kim Neumann, RN
Elementary School Nurse