NURSE’S OFFICE INFORMATION

Health Office Hours:
8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Health Office Telephone:

(334) 285-0077 option #8

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES FOR ILLNESS:

The most common communicable diseases and/or conditions are listed below with the procedures for returning to school as recommended by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

FEVER

Child’s temperature should be below 100 degrees without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

CHICKEN POX

Child must stay home 7 days from the first appearance of the eruption (pox).  Must have a statement from physician to return to school.

FLU

Child must stay home for at least 3 days from onset until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

IMPETIGO

Area must be covered. For multiple lesions, child must have a statement from

physician stating the student may return to school.

MEASLES

All cases MUST be reported to doctor or heath department. Child must have

statement from physician to return to school.

PINKEYE (conjunctivitis)

Child will be sent home if eyes are red, inflamed or discharging. Child may return

after 24 hour use of antibiotic drops and eyes are free from discharge.

RASHES

All undiagnosed rashes must be checked by a physician and a statement must be given to return to school.

RINGWORM

Body: Student must have proof of treatment from physician.

Scalp: Student must have statement from doctor or clinic to return to school.

VOMITING

Child must be symptom free for 24 hours since last episode of repeated vomiting.

DIARRHEA

Child must be symptom free for 24 hours since last episode of repeated diarrhea.

STREP THROAT

Child must be fever free and on antibiotics for 24 hours.

LICE

PCA has a nit-free policy concerning lice.  Any student found to have live lice or

viable eggs (nits) will be sent home.  After appropriate treatment at home, the

student must be cleared by the school nurse before returning to class. All lice and

all nits must be removed. Most students can be treated and return to school the

next day.

STAPH INFECTIONS/WOUNDS

PCA follows the CDC recommendations with regards to the treatment and

prevention of Staphylococcus infections. The school nurse should be notified of any

student that has been diagnosed with a staph infection. In addition, any student

with a wound or a suspicious “spider bite” that is draining should be seen by the

school nurse for assessment of the wound, bandage placement and possible

medical referral.

SKIN TRAUMAS

All skin trauma such as abrasions or cuts should be kept covered with a clean, dry bandage at all times while on school property or while participating in school athletic events.