If your child is complaining of illness, he/she will be sent to the nurse. You will receive a nurse’s slip indicating the visit. In the event of a temperature or vomiting, you will be called to pick your child up. Children need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please make sure we have your updated phone numbers at all times. All medications must be administered by the nurse. You must drop medications off IN PERSON and pick them up at the end of the year or when finished. Children who are sick with bad colds and flu do not perform well in school. They end up passing the germs onto other children (and the teacher!). If your child is sick, please keep him/her home until healthy. Otherwise we keep recycling the illness through our classroom.
Studies show that the best way to keep healthy is by constant and vigorous handwashing. Second graders often forget to wash hands without a reminder. Please help us by reinforcing the importance of washing hands before eating, after bathroom use and after touching materials that many students use. We hope to have a healthy year!
When your child is absent due to extended illness, I can usually send some work home with a sibling in school or I can leave it in the office for you to pick up. If your child is too sick to work, they can gradually make up the work when they are able to. You can always make up some reading, writing or spelling tasks at home while your child recovers (if you can pry them away from the TV and couch).
If clothes are borrowed from the nurse, in case of accidents, please wash and return. If you are looking to find a home for gently used clothing that no longer fits your children, I am sure that the nurses would appreciate any donations to their office.
In past years we experience cases of lice that can spread through classrooms. Lice are common enough with young children and can be stopped if found and treated quickly. Please keep an eye on your child’s head – especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck – throughout the year. We appreciate it when you report any cases of lice to the school nurse so we can check the rest of the class and get anyone affected treatment as soon as possible to avoid further spreading. Second graders come into contact constantly and are always squeezing each other so vigilance on your part is our best bet.