Lake Forest employs a full-time Nurse.
The goal of the School Nurse is to ensure academic success by promoting the health, safety and well being of our students.
You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
- Influenza spreads mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting others.
- Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
Is my child too ill to attend school?
Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines below may be helpful. They will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.
Fever – 100 degrees or higher – A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication (Motrin/Tylenol) before returning to school.
Sore Throat/Colds/Cough – Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don’t interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child’s performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.
Rash – A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as: a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc. should not attend school.
Vomiting/Diarrhea – A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid foods before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.
The administration of prescription or over- the- counter medication by school personnel to students in school shall be done only with written authorization and direction of a licensed medical physician or dentist. A “Medication Administration Packet” shall be filled out and signed by the physician/dentist and the parent/guardian.
· Prescription medication must be in the original containers with the pharmacy label attached. Over -the -counter medications must also be in the original containers.
· Parents should bring their child’s medication to the school’s Nursing Office or have it delivered by the pharmacy.
· Students are only allowed to take medication in school when it is given to them by the School Nurse, a parent or guardian.
· Prescriptions are only good for the current school year.
See Parent/Student Handbook