Jefferson Elementary School

Mariah Gasso

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should my child stay home?  When can they return?

Any illness which is accompanied by decreased energy and an inability to sustain usual daily activity level.

Diarrhea or Vomiting:  until illness is over and your child does not experience vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours – without use of medicine.

Bad coughs/Cold Symptoms  (continual coughing, persistent runny nose, headache) which cause interference with your child’s ability to focus on school activities.

Fever of 100 degrees or greater, by mouth( or 99 degrees or greater under the arm).  Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of medicine before returning to school.

If antibiotics are prescribed for communicable diseases, the medication must be given for 24 hours at home before the student returns to school.

Red eye(s) or Skin Rash:  Your child may return to school when accompanied by a doctor’s note which states your child is cleared to return to school.  If eye drop medication is prescribed, your child will need to complete 24 hours of medication at home, prior to returning to school.

Please call the health office to speak to the R.N. if your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease , such as strep, conjunctivitis, measles, influenza, fifth’s disease, chicken pox, impetigo, MRSA, mononucleosis or shingles.

2. What needs to happen for my child to have medication at school?  

The “Medication Authorization Form” (available on the website) needs to be filled out by the parent and the physician for each medication to be given in the school health office.  We are only able to give medication that we have the completed authorization for.  A parent or guardian must bring the medication in the original bottle to the health office- please make note of the expiration date.  If your child needs medication during the school day and we do not have the form, I will call home and a parent/guardian can come give medication.  We are not allowed to give any over the counter medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough drops) without a doctor’s order.