IS MY CHILD WELL ENOUGH TO GO TO SCHOOL? Many students and parents have questions about when students should stay home or attend school. The following information is intended to help with this decision. -If a student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal. -If a student has vomited or had diarrhea, the student should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode. -If a student has had any rash that may be disease related or the cause is unknown, check with your family physician before sending the student to school. -If a student is ill, please call the school daily to report illness. All attendance concerns need to be called into the House offices: House 1 - 506-6907 House 2 - 506-6909 House 3 - 506-7002 House 4 - 506-7007 -If you have further questions or your student has mono, surgery or any other illness requiring extended absences, please contact the school nurse at 506-6904. *Remember that a student ill with an infectious disease can spread the disease when in contact with others.
ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE: If you are one of the many without health insurance or access to affordable health care and your student needs medical attention, Health Service may be able to help. There are a number of free or low cost clinics available. Call or have your student stop in for the information. LIMITED ACTIVITY NOTES: There are times when students may need some accommodation in getting around the building. Students on crutches or with an injury can be provided a pass for extended passing time and permission to use the elevator. Students just need to stop in Health Service for these notes. We do not have crutches or wheelchairs available for student use. This equipment needs to be prescribed for use just like a medication would be and we are not able to do that. PHYSICAL EDUCATION NOTES: There are times that students might not be able to fully participate in physical education. It is our goal and the goal of the physical education staff to see that students are safe and yet participate as they are able. Very few students are excluded totally from physical education class and yet all students have the ability to self limit their activity as needed. If your student has a casted leg, they may be o.k. for upper body activity and vice versa. Students with Asthma may need to self limit. Students in 9th and 10th grade have only nine weeks of physical education classes and it is important for them to participate as much as possible. The intent of these classes is to have students develop and reach a personal fitness level that can be continued after required classes are finished. Menstrual cramps, being sore from the previous day and/or being tired are not reasons to be excused from physical education class. Returning to school after surgery or significant illness would be a reason to be excused. Notes to limit physical activity during the day should be brought to Health Service in the morning before school starts. Health Service works closely with the physical education staff to see that student are safe and yet able to meet the requirements of the class. AVAILABILITY: PLEASE, provide your student and Health Service with an accurate phone number where you can be reached during the school day. Things happen and we may have to call you. It is very frustrating for students not to be able to reach a parent or guardian. Caller ID allows calls to be screened but keep in mind that calls from the school phones may come up 763-506-6800 or as unknown. If policies regarding cell phone use change, students may not have that option to call you so, please, answer the phone during the school day. If you are not available during the school day, have someone reliable on the student emergency form who can give your student permission to leave school or who can come and pick them up. Grandma in South Dakota is no help to a vomiting student who needs to go home. If you go on vacation, please, see to it that school knows who is supervising your student in your absence. We never see some students until their parents go out of town and then it becomes a problem.