• How We Do Things in the Nurse's Office

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    When a sick child is sent to my office these are the protocols that I follow:

    1.   If there are symptoms indicating illness (fever, vomiting, being pale, etc.), I will call the parent and send the child home.

    a.   If the parent or the parent’s designee is unavailable, the child will remain with me until dismissal.

    2.   In the absence of symptoms, I ask the child whether or not (s)he feels well enough to remain in school.

    a.   If the answer is "no," the child will call the parent and the parent will decide how to proceed.

                                 i.     At times the parent may be unable to come for the child or may feel it isn't in the child's best interest to leave school.  If the child does not give the appearance of being ill (that is (s)he is visiting with other students, bouncing on the cot, wandering around the office), (s)he will be returned to the classroom.
        ii.   I am always available to discuss your child's condition .

    b.   If the child says (s)he feels able to stay, (s)he is returned to the classroom with the child's understanding that (s)he will return to my office as necessary.  There is a corresponding note, email or phone call to the classroom teacher.

    3.   If, following return to the classroom, the child’s condition deteriorates,       (s)he will be returned to my office, at which time I will call the parent and send the child home.

    a.   If the parent or the parent’s designee is unavailable, the child will remain with me until dismissal.