|RCS Parents and Guardians,|
With Flu season upon us, and given that symptoms of COVID-19 and Flu are very similar, please review the following information. It is also extremely important to get vaccinated for the Flu.
Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
DEFINITELY keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
Fever greater than 100.4 degrees. Your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100.4 degrees for a minimum of 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
Vomiting (even once)
General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
To help prevent the flu, COVID-19 and colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
Wash hands frequently.
Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth.
Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring him or her to school.
Your child has the option to participate remotely from home anytime he or she is not feeling well.
Please call the school health office with any questions regarding illnesses. 336-597-0020 ext 311.
Yvonne Pleasant, RN
Roxboro Community School
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School year at Roxboro Community School. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you information regarding the Health Office.
- A health history and emergency contact form will be sent home with your child on the first day of school. Please fill this out completely and return it to school as soon as possible. If youR child has any health concerns or needs special accommodations for health related concerns, please contact me.
- Per School Policy, students are not permitted to carry any medication, prescription or over the counter, with the exception of Epi Pens and Inhalers. A doctor’s order must be provided giving them permission to carry the Epi Pen or Inhaler.
- If your child needs prescription medication while at school, a doctor’s order is required. An “Authorization to Dispense/Administer Medication at School” form can be picked up at school or found on this website. This form must be completed by the Health Care Provider, signed by a parent giving authorization for the medication, and by the school nurse. Medication cannot be given unless the proper forms are in place.
- All prescription medication must be in a dated, labeled pharmacy container. This includes Inhalers and Epi Pens. All medication must be brought to the school by a parent or guardian. There is no exception. The school nurse is available from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to receive the medication. Please call if other arrangements need to be made.
- The first dose of any new medication cannot be given at school. Any potential side effects must be monitored at home.
- Please call the office if your child is absent for any reason. If due to illness or injury, please inform us of the symptoms (fever, sore throat etc.) as I track student absences and illness for infection control purposes.
- Fever over 100.4, flu-like illness, vomiting and diarrhea are all reasons to stay home from school, and a doctor’s note may be required to return to school and for the absence to be excused per school attendance policy.
- If your child is feeling ill during the school day they must be assessed by the nurse in order to be dismissed. Children are not to call or text parents that they are sick and need to go home. A nursing assessment must be given in order to excuse your child home for illness.
- Please inform the nurse if your child will be out for an extended time due to illness, has frequent absences due to a documented chronic medical condition, has any surgical procedures or hospitalizations that may require accommodations to ensure your child’s health needs and academic success.
It is helpful to us as a school community to have good communication with families at all times. The more information we have, the more we can help your child be healthy and succeed in school. Do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to advocate for your child’s healthcare needs.
- If your child had a physical or immunizations over the summer, please send a copy or have your health care provider fax a copy to school for the Child's health file.
Yvonne Pleasant, RN email@example.com 336-597-0020 ext 311