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Sep
21

When to Keep Your Student Home From School

Happy Friday from the Health Office!

The common cold has been running rampant at Parker.  Don’t forget to cover those coughs and sneezes and wash your hands! Please remember that most people go to work and to school with cold symptoms if they don’t have a fever. Try to medicate your student before they come to school to help minimize cold symptoms. Unfortunately, the nurse cannot treat your student with cold medicine unless you bring in the medication and then have a physician’s order stating that the nurse can give the medication at school.

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When to Keep Your Student Home From School

Knowing when you should keep your child home can be a real challenge as a parent.  Are they really sick or are they avoidant?  Will they get worse during the day?  Will going to school make them feel better?

When your child must stay home:

  1. If they have had a fever of 100.4 or more in the last 24 hours without fever reducing medication (take temperature between doses to accurately know whether your child has a fever which may become masked by the medicine).
  2. If they were diagnosed with Strep throat and have not been on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours.
  3. If they have vomited or had multiple episodes of diarrhea in the past 24 hours.


Most healthy kids should miss very little school due to illness. The only time we really don’t want your child to come to school is when they are likely to infect others and cause a cascade of absences.  Illness is a part of life and we all learn to go to school and work and function; maybe not to the same level we would on our best days, but we manage. This is part of building resilience to other hardships in life.

In the morning, when your child reports that they don’t feel well but does not have a fever, hasn’t vomited or been diagnosed with any contagious illness; you have a decision process. You know your child best: if they seem ill, not eating when they usually love breakfast, quiet when they are usually boisterous and listless when they are energetic it would be OK to consider an absence.

It could also be that your child has not completed an assignment, had a fight with a friend, or is anxious about a presentation and absence would not be a good strategy. In these types of unclear days it is really helpful to send a quick email to the advisor and copy the nurse and say that your child is coming to school and that you are unsure what is going on: early illness vs. coping struggle. This lets us know what is going on with your child and we can offer input and help the student make a good choice during the day; whether it is to go home sick, quietly work on a missing piece of homework, or arrange some mediation work with friends.

There are so many scenarios but the best way we can all help your child is to communicate. Please feel free to call or email with questions or report what you saw in the morning and what you agreed with your child.


Winter Sport Physicals

For those athletes who are doing a winter sport, don’t forget that a current physical (within 13 months of the start of the season) must be on file in the nurse’s office. There are no exceptions and students are not allowed to participate in practices if they don’t have a current physical. Sports physicals can be done at most urgent care facilities as well as CVS Minute Clinics.


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Wish List:

  • Tissues – URGENT NEED due to increase in colds at Parker!

  • Anti-bacterial wipes

  • Fabric Band-aids (all sizes). We go through a lot of Band-aids every day!

Be well - Smile often - Stay healthy! 

Warm Regards, Lisa
Liza Zick, BSN, RN
School Nurse
Office Hours: 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM
(Weds until 2:15 PM)
Phone: 978-772-3293 x135
Fax: 978-772-9494

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